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Psychology Around the Net: April 15, 2017

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Happy Saturday, sweet readers!

This week’s Psychology Around the Net takes a look at some serious reasons why it might be time to quit your job, a new fake beauty ad campaign to bring awareness to mental illness, how oxytocin could help opioid addiction recovery, and more.

Oh, and a special bit at the end about the new Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, which I just found out is currently Netflix’s most tweeted about show. Yes, it’s that popular. If you haven’t watched yet, don’t worry; I didn’t include any spoilers. Still, read at your own risk.

Let’s go!

9 Telltale Signs That It’s Time To Quit Your Job: According to the American Psychological Association, people who work demanding jobs and feel they have less control over what they do are more likely to suffer physical and mental health issues such as sleep problems, exhaustion, anxiety, and depression. Of course, suffering through these nine problems doesn’t help, either, and might just push you toward making a healthier move.

Why Narcissists Want to Make Their Partners Jealous: New research from the University of Alabama suggests people with high levels of narcissistic traits purposely make their partners jealous in order to meet their own goals, such as gaining (or maintaining control) or boosting self-esteem. However, the level of these jealousy games often depends on the type of narcissist. A “grandiose narcissist,” who generally is described as one who feels entitled, is an extrovert, and has a high self-esteem, generally does it to gain control and power in the relationship. However, a “vulnerable narcissist,” a narcissist who typically is fragile, insecure, and has a low self-esteem, tries to make his or her partner jealous in order to test the relationship’s strength, find security in the relationship, or punish his or her partner for some perceived bad behavior.

These Fake Beauty Ads Have a Secret Mental Health Meaning: Project UROK–which aims to use humor as a way to reach teens and young adults struggling with mental health issues–has launched three parody commercials “advertising” anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and trauma as part of its new #YouAreFine initiative.

Is Mental Illness Real? You Asked Google – Here’s the Answer: Clinical psychologist and psychotherapist Jay Watts weighs in on what she suspects is the real reason why people ask whether mental illness is real or not and highlights issues — such as psychological and social issues, governments and pharmaceutical companies, and diagnostic manuals — that might help people better understand the world of mental illness beyond just an answer for “Is bipolar disorder a real thing?”

Could ‘Love Hormone’ Help Drug Addicts Stay Clean? Materials on the “love hormone” oxytocin are plentiful, and after reviewing all published evidence, St. George’s, University of London researchers have found the “oxytocin system is profoundly affected by opioid use and abstinence” and that scientists could target the system to create new medical treatments for opioid addiction and relapse prevention.

13 Reasons Why

As I mentioned above, I finished Netflix’s new original 13 Reasons Why earlier this week. Without giving anything away, the series — co-produced by actress and pop star Selena Gomez and based on the novel of the same name by author Jay Asher — is a story about a high school girl named Hannah Baker who experienced some incredibly heavy things in her short life. The show hooked me, but it made me raise an eyebrow more than once and I was conflicted in the end.

I don’t want to write anymore about that, so as not to actually start giving it away, but for those of you who have watched the series (and remember, I’m focusing on the series here — not the book), I’ve found some recent articles that might be of interest to you:

Psychology Around the Net: April 15, 2017

Alicia Sparks

Alicia Sparks is a freelance writer and editor and the creator of, where she blogs to help new freelance writers get their quills in the pot, so to speak. Among animal rights, music, and physical wellness, her passions include mental health and advocacy. Here at Psych Central she works as Syndication Editor as well as authors Your Body, Your Mind and World of Psychology's weekly "Psychology Around the Net."

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Sparks, A. (2018). Psychology Around the Net: April 15, 2017. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 4, 2020, from
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