Happy Saturday, Psych Central readers!

I hope your February is off to a great start — I know mine is! Honestly, I don’t know what to make of this winter so far — one weekend I’m snowed in, and the next it’s, well, almost spring out there!

Anyway, I’ve rounded up some interesting little psychology-related nuggets for you to feast on this weekend, whatever your plans, so sit back and get ready to learn about how a parent’s depression affects children, the argument behind dropping the word “schizophrenia” from our vocabulary, the self-help book even Charles Manson read, and more.


How Your Depression Can Hurt Your Kids’ School Performance: Honestly, that a parent’s depression also affects his or her child shouldn’t be groundbreaking (just a little editorial opinion)…but why does it seem to affect girls more than boys?

The Psychology Behind Sexual Impulses: While the “spectrum of sexual impulses and fantasies” might be vast, some sex psychologists are comparing “sexual turn-ons to learning a language.”

Should Psychiatry Dump ‘Schizophrenia’ From the Lexicon? Yes, according to psychiatrist Jim van Os, MD, PhD, of Maastricht University in The Netherlands, who believes the array of diagnoses featuring psychotic elements should be “viewed as part of the same spectrum syndrome, with a lifetime prevalence of 3.5%, in which ‘schizophrenia’ represents the minority (less than a third) with the poorest outcome, on average.”

On ‘Happiness,’ A Muddy Word For A Muddy Feeling: Especially interesting for the avid writers and readers out there: According to a new study in The Journal of Positive Psychology, the English language doesn’t include enough “emotionally positive” words.

Anxiety Meds Valium, Xanax And Ativan May Not Lead To Dementia After All: Despite last year’s study that certain benzodiazepines were linked to an increased risk for Alzheimer’s, a new study suggests that even in the highest doses, these medications actually aren’t connected to any such increased risk.

80 Years Later: How to Win Friends & Influence People Is a Strange Version of Self-Help: Take a peek inside the book that’s influenced everyone from Warren Buffet to Charles Manson.