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Debunked Practices



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Last Updated: Thu 9 May 2024 08:36

There are a huge number of things that have been tried over the years, that became a fad, spread, and then very thourougly debunked! But they will not die…

  • Myers-Briggs (MBTI) - Despite its popularity, it has been widely regarded as pseudoscience by the scientific community.
  • Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) - There is no scientific evidence supporting the claims made by NLP advocates, and it has been called a pseudoscience.

Unvalidated Fads

  • Growth Mindset
  • The Agile software development approach
  • Learning Styles
  • The 10,000 hour rule
  • The Hawthorne Effect - The Hawthorne Effect is the supposed inclination of people who are the subjects of an experiment or study to change or improve the behavior being evaluated only because it is being studied and not because of changes in the experiment parameters or stimulus.
  • The left brain/right brain myth
  • The myth of multitasking being OK

  • Jim Collins - Good to Great / Build to Last (?)
  • The Stanford Prison Experiment (?)
  • The Milgram Experiment (?)
  • Stockholm Syndrome (?)
  • The Cone of Learning / The Learning Pyramid
  • The Pygmalion effect ?? - The Pygmalion effect refers to situations where high expectations lead to improved performance and low expectations lead to worsened performance.
  • Wikipedia: Pygmalion effect
  • The Pygmalion Effect: Definition & Examples

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