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Psychology Around the Net: December 1, 2018

This week’s Psychology Around the Net takes a look at what you should ask yourself before you forgive someone, whether or not the #MeToo movement could hurt women’s health care, a new mental health care facility located in a Walmart, and more.

Should I Forgive Him? Should I Forgive Her? Here’s What You Should Ask Yourself First: Forgiveness is often more about yourself than it is the person you’re forgiving (or not forgiving), and because of that, you might accidentally create a “problem” that doesn’t require forgiveness.

Could #MeToo Hurt Women’s Health Care? University of Tennessee law professor Glenn Reynolds, referring to preliminary research by Dr. Sarah Perman of the University of Colorado School of Medicine, is sure to get a conversation going with this provocative question.

Stuck in a Loop of Wrongness: Brain Study Shows Roots of OCD: A new analysis of brain scans of hundreds of people with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and people who don’t have OCD might help professionals begin understanding what drives those with OCD to do what they do and find more effective treatment, as the scans pinpoint brain areas and processes that are linked to the repetitive behaviors associated with OCD.

Mental Health Clinic Opens Inside a Walmart in Texas: Many Walmart locations have some type of health-related retail space — such as vision care and pharmacies — but is a Walmart — or any retail location — an appropriate setting for mental health care? We, and Beacon Health Options, a behavioral health services company, are about to find out.

National Anti-Smoking Campaign Helps Smokers with Mental Health Conditions Try to Quit: Back in 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention launched “Tips from Former Smokers,” an anti-smoking mass media campaign. One of the ads features Rebecca, a real person who agreed to speak about her struggles with depression and tobacco use. After survey analysis, researchers found that there was a greater intention to quit, and higher rates of quit attempts, among individuals who had more exposure to Rebecca’s commercials.

How Culture Shapes Your Mind — and Your Mental Illness: Because culture plays such a huge role in shaping who we are, it makes sense that plays a role in shaping our manifestations of stress, emotions, and mental disorders. Modern psychology and psychiatry is even messier than most of us realize.

Psychology Around the Net: December 1, 2018

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: December 1, 2018. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 30, 2020, from
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