Happy Saturday, sweet readers!
I think you’ll be happy with this week’s edition of Psychology Around the Net! From mental health care for college students and celebrity body shaming to how rewards can help promote alcohol abuse recovery and the simple way you can tell others about yourself, there’s quite the selection!
A Dangerous Wait: Colleges Can’t Meet Soaring Student Needs for Mental Health Care: A new survey from STAT — involving students from both major public institutions to smaller, more elite colleges — shows a troubling pattering: Many students who need mental health care services must wait weeks before their initial exam and even longer to see a psychiatrist (who often works part-time) who can prescribe new or adjust current medication. Students are so frustrated they’ve started a petition demanding better services and plan to send it to major universities such as Harvard, Yale, and Columbia — universities with such large endowments, petitioners are confused about why more adequate mental health care doesn’t exist.
Do People Only Use 10 Percent of Their Brains? Ah, we’ve all heard the myth, but is it true? short answer? “No,” and it’s such a strong “no” that Barry Gordon, a neurologist at John Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore claims it’s “laughable.” Gordon says it’s likely we believe this myth because it provides answers for our shortcomings; however, he states “we use virtually every part of the brain, and that [most of] the brain is active almost all the time.”
Lady Gaga Responds to Super Bowl Body Shaming: Did you watch Super Bowl 51 last Sunday? I did (sort of, ha!) until the halftime show. I love the halftime shows, and I love Lady Gaga, so win/win. Anyway, as always, Gaga put on a spectacular show (I felt like I was watching an actual concert) full of intense energy and passion and dedication. So, imagine my surprise when — in addition to the praise for her performance she deserved — she also was body shamed for showing a belly that body shamers felt wasn’t “perfect” (whatever that means). Not to worry, though; Gaga — who’s been open about her own body issues in the past — responded with perfect class.
Rewards Treat Alcohol Abuse in Those with Mental Illness: A new study from Washington State University found that participants in the “reward group” (those who were part of the group that received gifts for clean urine tests and addiction treatment attendance were three times less likely to test positive for alcohol use than those in the “control group” (those who didn’t receive gifts). Bonus? Tobacco and cocaine use went down, as well.
A Simple Formula for Answering “Tell Me About Yourself” [VIDEO]: Ack, this question or request sends many of us into a frantic tailspin — especially if it’s part of a job interview. Why is it so hard to talk about our likes, dislikes, passions, past activities, and future goals with other people? Don’t we know ourselves better than anyone else? Or, are we just nervous about what we think the “right” responses are or “should” be? Lily Zhang explains the “Present-Past-Future” formula to help you not only talk about — but also explain — where you are, where you’ve been, and where you’re headed. (Actually, now that I think about it, this formula might help you explain these things to yourself, as well!)
Cosmetology Students Give Makeovers to Domestic Violence Victims: HUGE kudos to the cosmetology students at the Advanced Career Education Center at Highland Springs High School in Henrico County, Virginia. Earlier this week, they offered makeovers and conversations about abusive relationships to domestic violence victims. Highland Springs Junior, Maya Criss, said her goal was to “make sure the domestic violence survivors knew someone was there for them, despite their circumstances” and that it makes her “happy that [they] get to help people feel loved and [they] get to love on people that at one point in their lives weren’t getting loved.”