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Psychology Around the Net: February 9, 2019

This week’s Psychology Around the Net covers the APA’s “Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Boys and Men” (and Dr. Jordan Peterson’s reaction to it), how psychological placebos affect us, difficult things you need to start doing for yourself now, and more!

Jordan Peterson: It’s Ideology vs. Science in Psychology’s War on Boys and Men: The American Psychological Association (APA) has released its Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Boys and Men, which science writer Stephanie Pappas says “draw on more than 40 years of research showing that traditional masculinity is psychologically harmful and that socializing boys to suppress their emotions causes damage that echoes both inwardly and outwardly,” but professor and clinical psychologist Dr. Jordan Peterson ain’t havin’ it: “It manages to be simultaneously predictable, reprehensible, infuriating and disheartening — no mean feat for a single document. Make no mistake about it: this document constitutes an all-out assault on masculinity — or, to put it even more bluntly, on men.”

Even Psychological Placebos Have an Effect: We know about placebo effects in medical treatment, but several new studies found that placebos also can work when they have psychological effects attributed to them.

Don’t Be Afraid to Do These 10 Hard Things for Yourself: You can trust yourself. You can say no to unnecessary obligations. You can ignore others’ empty judgments. Reading this list is going to be either a reminder or a wake up call for many readers.

Effects of Teenage Motherhood May Last Multiple Generations: We know from previous studies that children who are born to teen mothers are more likely to be less ready to start school and have poor educational outcomes than are children born to older mothers, but according to a recent study these less-than-ideal situations can go beyond just the children of teen mothers all the way to the grandchildren of teen mothers.

Cardi B Opened Up About Her Postpartum Depression: ‘Out of Nowhere, the World Was Heavy On My Shoulders’: Speaking of mothers, singer and songwriter Cardi B recently spoke out about her postpartum depression (and how it surprised her), her struggles with feeling mentally and physically normal again after having her daughter, why she’s pretty much done with social media and the “chaos” it brings to her brain, and more.

One of the Largest Mental Health Trials Launches in Schools: We know that several younger members of the Royal family are extremely active in mental health advocacy and awareness for the people of England, and now the government’s getting involved with a series of trials involving teaching the students of around 370 schools mindfulness exercises, relaxation techniques, and breathing exercises with the goal of finding the best approaches to supporting young people’s mental well-being in school.

Psychology Around the Net: February 9, 2019

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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