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Psychology Around the Net: February 3, 2018

Well, ol’ Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow yesterday, so we might be looking at six more weeks of winter — “might,” because he’s usually wrong.

However, if he’s right, there’s plenty of cozy wintertime activities to get us through the days and nights when it’s too cold or snowy to go out. One of my favorites? Reading! Coincidentally, in this week’s Psychology Around the Net we have a list of 10 new mental health books out in 2018!

We also have the latest on the anti-diarrhea medicine overdoses, a psychologist’s controversial research regarding how we distinguish physical features of gay and straight people, unusual habits that actually could have health benefits, and more.

10 New Books About Mental Illness to Read in 2018: Despite how common mental illness is (the National Institute of Mental Health states one in six adults in the United States lives with a mental illness), many people who don’t — and even some who do — have a mental health condition don’t quite get it. Here are 10 new books that might help shed some light on the topic.

What’s More ‘Valuable’ When Selecting a Coach: Business Or Psychology? Lots of professionals hire coaches to help them with various business-related matters; however, when choosing a coach, is it more beneficial to choose one with a business background or a psychology background?

This Psychologist’s ‘Gaydar’ Research Makes Us Uncomfortable. That’s the Point. Psychologist and Stanford researcher Michal Kosinski used an artificial intelligence program to scan more than 30,000 photos onto a dating website to see if there’s a pattern regarding people who try to distinguish a gay person’s face from a straight person’s. Naturally, not everyone’s happy about it.

7 Unusual Habits with Surprising Health Benefits: Did you know talking to yourself positively can help boost your resolve to complete a task? Uncontrollably switching radio stations might be helping you shake any negative thought patterns you might have? Or that — hey, just go read it yourself!

Trypophobia—the Fear of Holes—May Not be a Real Phobia: New research out of Emory University shows people who suffer from trypophobia — the fear of small clusters of holes — might not be afraid of holes at all. What they might be experiencing is disgust, and this finding could give us a new perspective on how humans have evolved to avoid danger and protect themselves.

The FDA Is Cracking Down on Imodium and Other Anti-Diarrhea Medicine Because of the Opioid Epidemic: In case you didn’t know (I didn’t), the key ingredient in anti-diarrhea medicine like Imodium is part of the opioid family. That’s right, it’s pretty much cousins with morphine and oxycodone. As such, opioid addicts are abusing anti-diarrhea medicine for various reasons (some to wean themselves off opioids, some just to get high) and in the face of the spike in anti-diarrhea medication overdoses, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants manufacturers to package the medicine in small quantities to make it harder to abuse.

Psychology Around the Net: February 3, 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: February 3, 2018. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 28, 2020, from
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