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Psychology Around the Net: February 17, 2018


Hello, Psych Central readers.

For this week's Psychology Around the Net, we're diving into vibes and what causes us to feel them, how we can use our emotions to cause positive environmental change, ways to help children better understand and practice mindfulness, and more.

I've chosen to not address the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida in this week's Psychology Around the Net, as many of our Psych Central writers have already and are continuing to do so. I encourage you to browse our latest blog posts for our team's insights.

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Practical Exercises Can Help in Addiction Recovery

Because relapse is often a reality in recovery of any addiction, keeping oneself engaged in continued practical skills can help create hopeful outcomes. The 1997 version of the movie Titanic cost over 200 million dollars to produce, however, the movie eventually grossed over 1.8 billion dollars! Recovery takes a lot of time and energy, but in the long run, it is well worth it. Like in the production of the movie Titanic, when much is put in, much greater is gained.
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Psychology Around the Net: February 3, 2018


Well, ol' Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow yesterday, so we might be looking at six more weeks of winter -- "might," because he's usually wrong.

However, if he's right, there's plenty of cozy wintertime activities to get us through the days and nights when it's too cold or snowy to go out. One of my favorites? Reading! Coincidentally, in this week's Psychology Around the Net we have a list of 10 new mental health books out in 2018!

We also have the latest on the anti-diarrhea medicine overdoses, a psychologist's controversial research regarding how we distinguish physical features of gay and straight people, unusual habits that actually could have health benefits, and more.

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5 Ways to Cope with Addiction as a Family


Addiction is a family issue and needs to be treated as such.

Nowadays, the unfortunate reality is that many of us have been affected in some way by addiction.

We personally may not be the person suffering from the addiction but odds are there is someone in your family or circle of friends who are either currently addicted or working on a program of recovery. The latest opioid crisis has brought addiction to the spotlight, but addiction as a problem has been around for decades.

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Sex Addiction in Modern Times

The #MeToo movement has prompted many different discussions about boundaries, responsibility, and society. The issues surrounding what constitutes sexual harassment or sexual assault also relate to how someone could cross those boundaries in the first place. Excessive alcohol use or unclear communication are most often seen in college-aged assaults. While still distressing, multiple extra-marital affairs, financial distress from purchasing sex, and compulsive porn-watching seem to stem from a different source than the alcohol or miscommunication assaults. One term that’s been used to describe the "why" of these actions, is called sexual addiction.
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4 Perils of Perfectionism

Many of us hold high expectations for ourselves. We strive for a goal that is impossible to reach, whether in our love life, worklife, or family life. When we fall short, as we inevitably do, we may become paralyzed by self-criticism and shame.

Here are four pitfalls that result from our penchant to strive for perfection -- and how to keep our expectations under control.

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When Rehabs Look at Patients as Dollar Signs


"The whole system is designed to keep people in it, I think."

“Statistically, you’re wasting your money sending your kid to rehab,” Scott Steindorff tells me without a second of hesitation. “I have three grown kids and I’ve come to the conclusion that if one of them had a [substance abuse] problem, I wouldn’t know where to send them.”

Steindorff, the Hollywood producer whose eclectic credits include the movie Chef and the TV series Las Vegas, has turned his sights on overhauling the $35 billion-a-year rehab industry that’s now coming under fire. “There’s not one facility in the world that’s getting the job done,” he argues. “If you find a rehab center that really gets it, call me—and I’m being serious.”

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Healthy and Happy Holidays

As the calendar is now one page, people all over the world are celebrating a multitude of holidays, including Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, St. Lucia Day and the Winter Solstice. Each has merit and meaning for those who observe their personal spiritual tradition. Holidays are meant to unite, not divide. They are intended to bring people together in the spirit of love.

Instead, for many, they carry with them an added layer of stress, family conflict, financial hardship and debt, expectations of Hallmark card perfection, challenges to sobriety, reminders of loss and a call to maintain emotional balance in the face of it all.
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Detachment: A Strategy for Friends and Family of Adult Addicts


For every adult who struggles with addiction, there are many affected by its destruction. Family, co-workers, and friends are among those who become witnesses to the downward spiral of self-destructive behavior. Attempts to fix a friend or loved one experiencing addiction become increasingly frustrating as the chaos becomes a part of daily life.

When you are affected by someone else’s drinking or drug use, it is important to remember that even though you cannot prevent what’s happening to them, you can regain your sanity by practicing detachment.
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