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Psychology Around the Net: June 23, 2018

Happy Saturday, beautiful souls!

Not feeling too happy? Maybe it’s because you don’t live in a big, bustling city — as one new study suggests. Keep reading for more on that, as well as mental health tips for entrepreneurs, how yoga and meditation could be inflating your ego, why night owls are at a greater risk for depression, and more.

Research Claims Living in a Fast-Paced City Is Key to Happiness: For some, staying busy in a bustling environment is beneficial for fostering happiness.

The WHO No Longer Sees Transgender as a Mental Illness: The World Health Organisation (WHO) released an updated version of the International Classification of Diseases and has moved gender incongruence from the mental health category to a new chapter on sexual health. Says Lale Say, the coordinator of the Adolescents and at-Risk Populations Team at the (WHO), “It was taken out from the mental health disorders because we had a better understanding that this wasn’t actually a mental health condition and leaving it there was causing stigma.”

5 Mental Health Rules for Entrepreneurs: Creative. Self-sufficient. Resilient. These are positive words many entrepreneurs would use to describe themselves, but relying too much on these characteristics could have a negative outcome if they mean ignoring mental health care.

The Kate Spade Brand Is Donating $1 Million to Mental Health Organizations: The Kate Spade brand has announced it will donate $1 million to mental health awareness in honor of its late founder, Kate Spade, who suffered from depression and anxiety and died by suicide earlier this month. The first donation — $250,000 — is marked for Crisis Text Line, a non-profit service that helps people in need using text messages.

New Study: People’s Egos Get Bigger After Meditation and Yoga: Could practicing yoga and meditation do exactly the opposite of what it’s supposed to do?

Night Owls May Have Higher Depression Risk: We’ve known for a while that there’s a link between circadian rhythm and depression, but we haven’t been able to tell whether a person’s sleep habits caused depression or were a symptom of depression. The results of this new study suggest that “night owls” are at a higher risk for developing depression, though researchers state additional studies are required to confirm the findings as well as examine how environmental and genetic factors played roles.

Psychology Around the Net: June 23, 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: June 23, 2018. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 29, 2020, from
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