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Psychology Around the Net: July 18, 2020

What’s your quarantine cleaning personality? How can emotional intelligence benefit the workplace? Could it be more effective to modify, rather than eliminate, a bad routine?

Answers to all these questions and more in this week’s Psychology Around the Net!

Stay well, friends!

There Are 5 Quarantine Cleaning Personalities—Which One Are You? When this showed up in my inbox, I thought it was going to be a cute little listicle or fun quiz to pass the time, but actually it has some nice insight! Find out your quarantine cleaning personality, why you lean toward that style of cleaning, tips for reigning it in if it becomes more harmful than helpful, and more.

The Psychology Behind To-Do Lists and How They Can Make You Feel Less Anxious: Creating to-do lists give us a sense of control, and crossing items off those lists is just so satisfying, isn’t it? A good to-do list can provide structure and give a visual account of everything we’ve accomplished during the day. So, what happens if you reframe your to-do list as a set of miniature daily goals and use the checklist as a plan of action, or steps, to achieve the goals? Would you enjoy even more benefits, or would this cause the kind of stress you’re trying to avoid?

Getting Stuck in Bad Routines: Like to-do lists, routines can be good; also like to-do lists, routines can be…well, bad. Rather than eliminating a bad routine (which would seem to make the most sense, right?), what would happen if you modified it, instead?

Study Finds Hidden Emotions in the Sound of Words: Cornell University has released research that shows some sound combinations bring out more emotionally intense reactions than do others. Unsurprisingly, “virus” has just such sound combinations and is likely to raise a person’s blood pressure even before “corona” became such a common part of it. This could play a role in children’s language acquisition — as well as how we might have evolved language all along.

How to Stop Yourself from Catastrophizing (Even Now): “An inability to calm yourself not only amps up your angst but it effectively stops your ability to think anything through dead in its tracks. It’s basically a double whammy that will keep you ruminating and wake you up in the middle of the night. But there are things you can do to help yourself.”

5 Reasons Why Emotional Intelligence Is the Future of Work: During these times of increasing rates of loneliness, depression, and mental health issues, businesses and leaders have an opportunity to use emotional intelligence to reengage people at work and in live. In fact, Generation Z, ever-developing technology, and what we know and continue to learn about neuroscience might be the prime contributors to incorporating emotional intelligence in the workplace.

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Psychology Around the Net: July 18, 2020

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. (2020). Psychology Around the Net: July 18, 2020. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 24, 2020, from
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