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Psychology Around the Net: March 10, 2018

Happy Saturday, sweet readers!

This week’s Psychology Around the Net dives into a new study on holding hands to reduce pain, the role of neuroscience in the courtroom, one psychiatrist’s advice on getting over yourself, and more.

Study Shows Holding Hands Can Sync Brainwaves and Ease Pain: According to a recent study, holding hands with a loved one can help your breathing and heart rate synchronize with theirs and reduce pain, but it doesn’t stop there. The more empathy your partner shows, the more your brainwaves will sync up, and the more your brainwaves sync up, the more your pain reduces.

“My Brain Made Me Do It” Is Becoming a More Common Criminal Defense: Not only are criminal defense strategies relying more and more on psychological evaluations, behavioral tests, and other types of neurological evidence — or lack of — to potentially determine punishment, and ethicists and scientists are gathering to consider where neuroscience belongs in the courtroom.

How to Get Over Yourself, With Author and Psychiatrist Mark Epstein: During this episode of The Upgrade by Lifehacker, author and psychiatrist Mark Epstein discusses the ego. More specifically, how psychotherapy and Buddhism come to the same conclusion regarding egos: we suffer when we let our egos have free reign, but we’re free when we learn to let them go.

Hawaii’s Secret To Happiness in 5 Words: Finding “secrets to happiness” might sound cliche, but these five small words just might pack five big ideas for figuring out what defines happiness for you.

These 4 Short L-Words Can Help Reveal If You Might Be Depressed: While it’s always best to see a mental health professional if you’re experiencing depression, sometimes people don’t know if they’re depressed or just experiencing a normal bout of unhappiness over an unpleasant event. These four words can help you determine whether you’re having a bad day or three, or if you could actually have depression.

Close Relationships in Midlife Tied to Lower Mortality for Child Abuse Survivors: Often, survivors of child abuse are more likely than people who weren’t abused to suffer from both short-term and long-term mental health problems as well as physical health problems such as cancer and heart disease. According to a new study, developing supportive relationships by middle age can help child abuse survivors become less likely to die prematurely.

Psychology Around the Net: March 10, 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: March 10, 2018. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 25, 2020, from
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