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Psychology Around the Net: March 5, 2016


Happy March, sweet Psych Central readers! Only a few more weeks until the official start of spring here in the Northern Hemisphere, and while I have learned to appreciate all the seasons for what they offer, I’m excited to get back to some warmth and sunshine.

This week, I have a ton of news for you! For example, did you know Chris Stapleton’s new hit “Fire Away” tries to foster mental health awareness? Or that control issues can contribute to road rage? What about how being a “hopeless romantic” is actually a good thing for your relationships?

Read on, and enjoy!

Chris Stapleton’s New Video Raises Mental Health Awareness: If you’re a Chris Stapleton fan, you’re probably familiar with “Fire Away,” his latest release from his multiple Grammy and CMA Award-winning solo debut album, Traveller. Unless you’ve seen the video, though, you might not know it aims to bring awareness to mental health issues and the nonprofit organization Campaign to Change Direction. One of the video’s actors, Ben Foster, introduced Stapleton to the nonprofit, and the video highlights five signs of emotional struggling: personality changes, agitation, withdrawal, decline in personal care, and feelings of hopelessness.

With Support, Transgender Kids Skip the Anxiety: Study: According to Kristina Olson of the University of Washington, the study’s leader, the majority of society has been led to believe that “kids who are not acting gender-stereotypically are basically destined to have mental health problems” — a belief her study insinuates is just not the case.

The Psychology of Road Rage: As someone who has been known to have had more than one frustrating behind-the-wheel occurrence, I’m not all that surprised to find that road rage could boil down to control issues (something else I struggle with from time to time). According to Art Markman, a psychology professor at the University of Texas in Austin, “When you’re in a situation that’s potentially frustrating, and then you have no control over that situation, that now blossoms from just a little bit of frustration into full-blown rage.”

Being A Hopeless Romantic Can Be Good For Your Love Life: A new study published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships suggests that people who identify with “strong romantic notions” are more committed and satisfied within their relationships. Of course, the 270 people who participated in the study were already in relationships, but, according to researcher Sarah Vannier, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow at Dalhousie University in Canada, those who did have romantic notions also “have higher expectations, but they were also more likely to see their partner as meeting those expectations […] e.g., their beliefs about Prince Charming make them think their partner is Prince Charming, even if other people might think that he is a frog.”

Can’t Sleep? Street Lights May Be Keeping You Awake: This is a case for Dumbledore’s Deluminator! Oh, um, not a fan? Er…well, then, here you go. Anyway, the American Academy of Neurology’s 68th Annual Meeting in Vancouver, Canada, April 15 to 21, 2016 will feature a study involving researchers who phone interviewed 15,863 people over eight years regarding their sleep habits and any medical and psychiatric disorders. The researchers then used nighttime data from the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program to see how much outdoor light the participants were exposed to at night.

What Donald Trump Can Teach Us About Self-Esteem (Even If You Hate His Guts): OK, OK, OK — set the controversy aside for just a minute and let writer Laura Tong point out how Donald Trump can help you develop “unshakeable self-esteem” by building a foundation, finding your passion, and erecting your very own self-esteem skyscraper.

Psychology Around the Net: March 5, 2016

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 5, 2016. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 23, 2020, from
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