Psychology Professor Is Going Viral For Debunking TikTokers Sharing ‘Facts’ That Are Completely Made
Professor: Let's not teach people to be stalkers, please. Thank you. There is no way this is a "psychology fact". Think about it. How would we test this?
Professor: No. This isn't a "psychology fact". This is just some sexist stereotyping.
Professor: Wearing black does not give you depression. There is absolutely no evidence that it does. Don't say "according to the latest science" unless there is actually some "latest science". And the science just doesn't support this claim. Not "soft" science, not "hard" science. No science at all.
Professor: Hips? Hips? Is this supposed to be short for "hippocampus"? Because it can't be short for "amygdala," right?
TikToker: Psychology says that when someone is laughing and they look at you, they're attracted to you.
Professor: Psychology says no such thing. And don't even get me started on the one where "If you dream of someone, that means they're in love with you". How is that supposed to work?
Professor: Did you know what the Barnum effect is? A lot of these supposed personality tests you see online, as well as a bunch of other things that "tell you your personality," or pretend to work because of the Barnum effect.
Barnum Effect, also called Forer Effect, in psychology, the phenomenon that occurs when individuals believe that personality descriptions apply specifically to them (more so than to other people), despite the fact that the description is actually filled with information that applies to everyone.
TikToker: Psychology says that if you're over 16, you've probably already met your soulmate.
Professor: Psychology says no such things. Psychology doesn't talk. But psychologists don't say them either.
TikToker: If you saw the flowers first, that means you're meticulous, modest, and shy.
Professor: No. It does not mean anything at all like that. This is just a figure-ground illusion. There are many around like that. None of them are personality tests. Perceptual phenomena ARE NOT personality test.