Did somebody say chocolate?
This week’s Psychology Around the Net covers new research on dark chocolate and depression, how to find a balance between mindfulness and technology, why clinging to feel-good beliefs isn’t actually good, and more!
Is There a Link Between Dark Chocolate and Depression? According to the findings of a survey-based study recently published in Depression & Anxiety, people who eat dark chocolate appear less likely to exhibit clinically relevant depressive symptoms. Researchers from University College London in conjunction with University of Calgary and Alberta Health Services Canada took into account weight, height, marital status, education, ethnicity, income, levels of education, smoking, and other health conditions — a wide range of potentially confounding variables they say previous studies overlooked — as well as analyzed both dark chocolate and nondark chocolate. The researchers report: “[I]ndividuals who reported any dark chocolate consumption had 70% lower odds of reporting clinically relevant depressive symptoms than those who did not report any chocolate consumption.”
18 Important Reminders About Living Up to People’s Expectations: As Angel Chernoff writes, “A life spent ceaselessly trying to please people who are perhaps incapable of ever being pleased, or trying too hard to always be seen as doing ‘what’s expected of you,’ is a sure road to a regretful existence.” How true. Yet, it’s so easy to fall into an existence — even if it’s not yet regretful — of striving to live up to others’ expectations and it’s hard to break away from it. Keep these reminders handy when you find yourself slipping back into people-pleasing habits.
Mindfulness and Technology: Why You Need to Disconnect to Reconnect: Many of us are addicted to being busy because we’re uncomfortable with down time. Kaitlin Vogel realized she had fallen into a trap of hiding behind technology, so she set out to “disconnect to reconnect” and describes how she began her digital detox, what she learned about her thoughts (specifically, what they said about her) once she had to pay attention to them, and what she decided to do with her time not spent staring at a screen.
3 Common Feel-Good Beliefs That Are Actually Holding You Back: Do you believe that “The One” is out there for you, somewhere? That “everything is going to be fine”? That your “ship will come in someday”? Find out how we create these myths, why we cling to them, and how we can give them up.
1 in 300 Thrives on Very-Early-to-Bed, Very-Early-to-Rise Routine: Once thought quite rare, the so-called “advanced sleep phase” actually might affect closer to one in 300 adults according to a new study. When a person is an “advanced sleeper,” their body clock or circadian rhythm has earlier hours of operation, so to speak, than those of other people. Their body prematurely releases melatonin (the sleep hormone) and experience a body temperature shift. (However, the advanced sleep phase condition is not to be confused with the kind of early rising that naturally develops with normal aging or among people with depression.) Says the study’s senior author Louis Ptacek, MD: “While most people struggle with getting out of bed at 4 or 5 a.m., people with advanced sleep phase wake up naturally at this time, rested and ready to take on the day. These extreme early birds tend to function well in the daytime but may have trouble staying awake for social commitments in the evening.”
Why Is It Important That Parents Participate in their Child’s ABA Services? Parent participation and training during Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is beneficial to both the parents and the children, including children with autism spectrum disorder. Parent training can help parents manage behavioral issues, generalize the child’s skills to new settings, be part of improving their child’s life, and more.