Psychology entails a broad
spectrum of intrinsically fascinating issues. A layperson's
understanding of this spectrum can be gauged by a review of
psychological books found in the local bookstore. An endless
number of self-help books can be found. Most are not written
by psychologists or are not written by psychologists with
research credentials. A key tenet of training programs accredited
by the American Psychological Association is that therapeutic
and assessment practices be empirically based. In other words,
effectiveness should be demonstrated through research.
In addition to self-help literature of questionable
validity, one will find in the bookstore other "psychological"
subjects such as psychic ability, reincarnation, astral projection,
alien abduction, and astrology.
The goal of SkepticalPsychology.org is to bring to
the public's attention psychological practices that are worthy
of skeptical attention. The mechanism will be to provide a
portal to information representing both sides of an argument
to facilitate informed decision making. Another goal is to
provide direction to resources in critical thinking about
Psychological science has much to offer to improving
the quality of life and to increase our understanding of the
world around us. Accomplishing this will require the separation
of psychological pseudoscience from credible, empirically