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Psychology Around the Net: January 19, 2019

Within this week’s Psychology Around the Net, you’re going to meet a psychiatrist who uses social media for good, get a plethora of self-care tips (many of which I guarantee you haven’t thought of), find out just exactly how many happy facial expressions we have, and more.


You Have 17 Different Facial Expressions to Show Happiness (and That’s Reason to Smile): After a recent study involving more than seven million online images and 30 countries, Aleix Martinez, a cognitive scientist and professor of electrical and computer engineering at The Ohio State University, found 35 different facial expressions that are recognized across cultures, and of those 35, 17 convey happiness.

How This Doctor Uses Instagram for Mental Health Awareness: Sometimes we hear horrible things about social media (such as how it can negatively affect your mental health), and sometimes we hear great things (such as the many campaigns people launch to bring awareness to mental health). Psychiatrist Dr. Jessica Clemons brings us one of the great things, using her Instagram account @askDrJess as a platform to help bust stigma and normalize the conversations we have about mental health issues.

Risk for Developing More Than One Mental Health Disorder Revealed: After an initial diagnosis in the most comprehensive study of comorbidity (when two chronic diseases or conditions are simultaneously present in one person) to date, a recent study has revealed the risks of developing a second mental health condition after an initial diagnosis, and according to research, that risk is increased.

New Report: Waiting Longer for Mental Health Care May Help College Students: Wait, what?

Mental Illness ‘Is Not a Problem That We Can Arrest Ourselves Out Of’: In this PBS “Brief But Spectacular” segment, Warden Trey Oliver of the Metro Jail in Alabama explains what happened to his facility after a nearby regional hospital closed, how the jail is seeing the same inmates over and over again, and his overall take on why incarceration doesn’t and won’t solve mental illness.

30 Lab-Approved Self-Care Ideas That Will Change Your Life: I know, I know, 30 sounds like a lot, but browsing this gallery and taking note of what speaks to you is completely worth it. My personal favorites? The “Yay!” list, investing in a new podcast, creating a mantra, keeping a bouquet (or two!) of fresh flowers around the house just because, and slimming down your social media friends lists. (See? Totally worth checking out.)

Psychology Around the Net: January 19, 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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Sparks, A. (2019). Psychology Around the Net: January 19, 2019. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 1, 2020, from
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