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Psychology Around the Net: January 25, 2020

Greetings this lovely January day! Hope everyone is staying warm and well. This week’s Psychology Around the Net dives into perfecting the art of small talk, why working from home may have its cons, how depression and anxiety can affect a young person’s first job, and how a student’s poor mental health can lead to peer exclusion, and more.



How Brandon Learned to Small Talk and Why It Transformed All His Relationships: Do you struggle with making small talk? If so, you’re not alone. Many people dread the prospect of chatting it up with strangers. In this article, psychologist Jonice Webb PhD, explains how to get better at small talk by asking vertical (rather than horizontal) questions. 

That Cushy Work-at-Home Job Can Lead to Social Isolation, Mental and Physical Health Risks: Do you work from home? Or wish you did? A new report finds that people who work from home may be at greater risk for loneliness, especially those in entertainment jobs such as music, publishing, film and sports. This article details more of the report’s findings.

Mental Health at Work: How It Affected My First Job: Young employees are the most vulnerable for experiencing poor mental health on the job, according to research. For some, making the transition from school to a first job can be particularly daunting. This article highlights two young employees and their struggles with mental health issues.

Getting Mental Health Care Can Be Hard Enough. Then Comes Paying for It: Have you ever had to fight an insurance company to get mental health coverage? Joe and Enita Dugan know this battle well, as their son has long struggled with behavioral and mental health issues. “A psychiatrist said kids like him become addicted, detained, or dead,” Joe said. Unfortunately, the Dugan’s insurance company insists their son can get by with a much lower level of care than his doctors think he needs. This article tells the Dugan’s story as they fight to get proper mental health care for their child.

Poor Mental Health Both ‘Cause and Effect’ of School Exclusion: A new study provides further evidence that poor mental health in students can lead to peer exclusion and vice versa. Professor Tamsin Ford from the University of Exeter says, “These children are often facing a wide range of challenges, and need both education and mental health practitioners to act quickly and effectively to prevent exclusion and improve both educational and health outcomes in later life.”

New Generation Pushes Hmong Mental Health Concerns Into the Light: Large numbers of the Hmong people, primarily from isolated mountain villages in Southeast Asia, have immigrated to the U.S. in recent years. Trauma from war and migration and the stress of adapting to a new culture have contributed to the high mental health problems and suicide rates among this population. This article highlights Project Tshav Ntuj, an advocacy group that aims to break the silence on mental health and suicide in the community.


Psychology Around the Net: January 25, 2020

Traci Pedersen

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Pedersen, T. (2020). Psychology Around the Net: January 25, 2020. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 21, 2020, from
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