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Psychology Around the Net: January 5, 2019

Ah, the first Psychology Around the Net of 2019, and…it’s going to be a great one!

This week’s edition covers conversational narcissism and how to stop making everything about you (even if you’re not aware you’re doing it), relationship expert advice on when to discuss your mental health with your partner, the single personality trait that could be the foundation for most mental illnesses, and more.

Are You Guilty of Conversational Narcissism? If you’re more of a “shift responder” than a “support responder,” chances are you’re guilty of conversational narcissism.

Here’s When You Should Discuss Mental Health with Your Partner: While disclosing your mental health information to people isn’t always easy, it can be especially difficult when that someone is your romantic partner; however, for your relationship’s health, it’s important your partner understands your mental health, right? While relationship experts say there’s no exact time to start the discussion, there are some signs you’re on the right path.

Mental Health and Terrorism: What Are the Links? Are people with mental health issues and/or backgrounds involving domestic violence or criminality more drawn to committing larger scale acts of terrorism for extremest or political motives and, of so, how can we move beyond just studying the statistics to actually investigating (and eventually taking action against) the pathways involved in recruiting people for these wider acts of terrorism?

Study: A Single Personality Trait Is the Foundation for Almost All Mental Illness: New research suggests a range of mental health issues such as depression, psychosis, and substance abuse, are linked to the same personality trait: neuroticism.

Desperate Parents Relinquish Custody to Get Mental Health Help for a Child: Families giving up child custody to the state so the children can receive mental health care is entirely too common — not to mention gut wrenching for the parents, confusing and heartbreaking for the children, and a blow to most states’ already depleted resources. How can we fix what mental health advocates are calling a “too little, too late” problem? Could early intervention — making efforts early in the progression of a child’s illness — mean access to treatment without making a custody transfer?

Some Viewers Are Criticizing ‘Bird Box’ for Its Depiction of Mental Health: NOTE: This article has spoiler alerts, so I won’t go into details here, but the gist is that some critics of the record-breaking Netflix adaptation of Josh Malerman’s 2014 novel by the same name feel the story villainizes people with mental illness.

Psychology Around the Net: January 5, 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 5, 2019. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 1, 2020, from
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