Happy Saturday, Psych Central readers!

I’ve been snowed in for the past few days and I have to admit, the extra time to really dive in and reflect gave me a hard time choosing from so many new and interesting psychology-related topics this week!

However, I managed, so now you can dive in and learn more about tackling mental illness stigma with social media, how a father’s depression can affect premature birth, why learning how to properly feel emotions helps with mindfulness, and more.


How This Instagram Account Is Tackling Mental Illness Stigma: Social media platforms might have reputations for being cesspools of faux perfectionism, but one mental health advocate might have found a way to crack the proverbial rose-colored glasses.

Recognize That You Aren’t Your Emotions for Better Mindfulness: No, you aren’t angry. You just feel angry.

Feeling Anxious? You’re More Likely to Lose Your Way and Turn LEFT, Researchers Say: “A study from the University of Kent tracked the paths of blindfolded participants as they walked toward a target, and found that those who displayed anxiety or inhibition were more likely to veer left.”

7 Fun and Free Stress Relief Apps to Make Your Day Bright: Not only are they designed to be fun and brighten your day (oh yeah — and are free), these apps provide specific ways for you to manage anxiety, stress, depression, and more.

Father’s Depression During Pregnancy Linked to Premature Birth Risk: We often read about (or experience) how an expecting mother’s mental health can affect her baby, but now a new study “suggests depression in fathers increases the risk of premature birth for offspring.”

The Two Factors That Most Determine Women’s Happiness at Work: Analyzed data suggests that a woman’s sense of professional well-being can be organized into two (fairly unsurprising, but seriously important, nonetheless) categories.