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Psychology Around the Net: January 6, 2018

Happy Saturday, readers! How’s your 2018 so far?

This week’s Psychology Around the Net explains how to make a happiness jar, takes a look at an unprecedented study on teenage brain development, suggests modern psychology has ruined astrology, and more.

Try a Jar of Happiness This Year: The idea is simple; the rewards could be huge. When something makes you happy — you’ve gotten praise a work, someone complimented your new hairstyle, you witnessed a random act of kindness between two strangers — write it on a scrap of paper and put it in a jar. Then pick a day and read them all.

Astrology Isn’t Fake—It’s Just Been Ruined by Modern Psychology: Today’s brand of astrology is more in bed with social science than the observational science it was once based upon.

Huge Study of Teen Brains Could Reveal Roots of Mental Illness and Impacts of Drug Abuse: Researchers are attempting to probe into how sleep habits, sports injuries, substance abuse, screen time (think phones, computers, tablets, etc.), and other influences might affect or by affected by a brain still maturing in this unprecedented study of brain development in teenagers.

Giving Up Alcohol for a Year Salvaged My Mental Health: After admitting to himself the booze was contributing to weight gain and feelings of depression, angst, and not being good enough, one man gave up alcohol for all of 2017.

This Secret Experiment Tricked Psychiatrists Into Diagnosing Sane People as Having Schizophrenia: Why is it so difficult to be admitted to a psychiatric hospital today, when it was so frighteningly easy a few decades ago?

How to Quit That Addictive App: We already know how easy it is to become addicted to smartphones, apps, social media, etc., and we already know how hard it is to break the habit. However, if we know whether we’re an “upholder,” “obliger,” “questioner,” or “rebel,” then we might be able to devise a plan on how to quit for good.

Psychology Around the Net: January 6, 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: January 6, 2018. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 1, 2020, from
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