It’s that time of week again, Psych Central readers! Time to tap into some of the latest in mental health and psychology news.
This week’s Psychology Around the Net brings you the psychology of workplace romances, insight on the people who are most likely to believe in conspiracy theories, how students can maintain their mental health treatment after moving to campus (sure, it’s just June, but now’s the time to start preparing!), and more.
The Psychological Reasons Why You Fall in Love with Your Colleagues: Depending on your work schedule, chances are you spend more time during the days with your co-workers than you do with family and friends, as well as with people who could be potential romantic partners. Usually this leads to creating strong friendships; sometimes it leads to romantic relationships. While no one’s saying you shouldn’t find love in the office (well, actually, your boss might be saying it if it goes against office policy), it’s important to take a minute and figure out if you’re really into the person or if it’s just that the proximity has handed you a pair of rose-colored glasses.
How Your Child Can Maintain Mental Health Treatment When Moving to Campus: Sure, summer hasn’t even officially started yet, but if you have a child leaving for college in a couple of months now is the time to study up on these several tips on how both you and your child can help make sure the student’s mental health care continues.
Pete Davidson Hits Back at Trolls Over Dating with Mental Illness: Last fall, Saturday Night Live star Pete Davidson revealed he’d been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. Now, he’s speaking out against critics who are claiming people who have mental illness shouldn’t be in relationships.
New Psychology Studies Predict Likeliness of Belief in Conspiracy Theories: According to Joseph A. Vitriol, a postdoctoral research associate at Lehigh University and the co-author of two new studies that predict the likelihood that a person will believe conspiracy theories, conspiracy theories about government institutions and officials are widespread (we know) and are rooted in U.S. history (tell me more) and are more likely believed by people who overestimate their understanding of politics (now we’re getting somewhere).
When Someone Mocks Your Mental Illness: Forbes contributor Jeanne Croteau offers insight on handling the anger, shame, defensiveness, and hopelessness a person might experience when others downplay or even mock his or her mental illness, as well as tips on how to regain power and take back control of their life.
Psychologists: Women Are Not to Blame for the Wage Gap: Psychologists at Rice University have drawn upon existing research in order to highlight myths about the wage gap between men and women as well as provide possible explanations for why the gap exists. According to the researchers, we can begin eliminating the wage gap if organizations provide proper training, support, and growth opportunities.