Happy Saturday, readers!
Aside from a couple of friendly outings, I’ve spent the last several days by myself at home because my beau is out of town for work. (I work from home, so I’m not sequestering myself away or anything.)
Do I miss him? Sure. Am I wallowing in loneliness?
According to Sherrie Bourg Carter Psy.D., there are several benefits of solitude, and more than a few of them resonate with me. This alone time has allowed me to take a break from constantly being “on,” increased my productivity, and think a bit more deeply about some personal issues (currently, the root of my persistent writer’s block). These are tough things to do when you spend most of your days and nights in another’s presence.
Anyway, I wanted to share that, just in case any of you are feeling a bit overwhelmed and need a break, or are currently experiencing the bliss of having the house all to yourself and wondering why you’re enjoying it so much!
For this week’s Psychology Around the Net, let’s take a look at important relationship milestones as meaningful as marriage, why wealthy countries are facing a mental health crisis, how demanding a mental health evaluation of Donald Trump is actually quite counterproductive, and more.
7 Relationship Milestones That Are Just As Meaningful As Marriage: Relationship issues — including the issue of getting, or not getting, married — are the topic of many a counseling session; however, sometimes we don’t pause to think about other incredibly important relationship milestones that show there’s much more to building a lifelong partnership with someone than just tying the knot.
The Psychology of Renting: 7 Cognitive Biases: Anyone who’s ever decided to rent an apartment or house knows the struggle of finding the “perfect” place; however, there are ways we can get around the biases (i.e. all those decision-making factors that leave us in a nightmare of indecisiveness) that affect how we choose our next rental home. From learning how to spot and avoid clever marketing words (“You’ll love this place; it’s so cozy!”) to getting past the “sore thumb” of an otherwise ideal place (“When was the last time that bathroom was updated?!”), here are seven cognitive biases that stand in the way of you and your perfect place — and how you can overcome them.
Many Wealthy Countries Face a Mental Health Crisis — Here’s What Governments Can Do: “Although mental health issues have risen among affluent social groups, studies have repeatedly shown that mental health remains inversely associated with social class. The risk of developing a mental disorder rises alongside socioeconomic disadvantage and the odds of reporting depression are almost twice as high among those in the lowest socioeconomic groups, compared with the highest.”
People Want to #DiagnoseTrump With Mental Illness — And It Needs to Stop: As was recently reported, Congresswoman Karen Bass has started a campaign for a mental health examination of Donald Trump, even using the hashtag #DiagnoseTrump to gain social media attention. Bass, who was a physician assistant before beginning her political career, claims Trump “appears to exhibit all the symptoms of the mental disorder narcissistic personality disorder.” However, Mic staff writer Jordyn Taylor stands behind the idea that the #DiagnoseTrump campaign does nothing but fuel the fire of mental illness stigma.
Brain Network of Psychopathic Criminal Functions Differently: According to researchers from the Donders Institute and the Department of Psychiatry at Radboudumc, brain scans show that a combination of having a strong focus on rewards and a lack of self-control — occuring in psychopathic criminals — are linked to the tendency to commit crimes.
Cara Delevingne Hopes Talking About Depression Will Help Her Fans: Suicide Squad actress Cara Delevingne is on a mission to help her fans take charge of their mental health by sharing her own struggles through interviews and social media outlets. During a recent interview with Elle, Delevingne states, “I couldn’t just sit there and listen to these girls, and boys, too, but usually girls, say this stuff, about bullying, about their sexuality, depression, and guilt and suicidal thoughts and just all of it, without being like, ‘I have been through that, and it’s going to be okay.’ If I can help a teenager go through a better time than they should be, then I am going to [BLEEP!] do that.”