This week’s Psychology Around the Net covers the health benefits of pet ownership, an interesting method for sticking to positive habit changes, how listening to others’ mental health recovery stories can help you, and more.
Talking to Your Pet Is Not So Wacky After All. It’s Actually Good for You — and Your Health: Research says loneliness can be as dangerous to your health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Could pet ownership help combat loneliness and all its health consequences?
Instagram Co-Launches a Mental Health Awareness Campaign to Help People Find Support: Instagram and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) teamed up to launch #RealConvo, a campaign that encourages the social media platform users to use the #RealConvo hashtag to share their mental health experiences and help create a more open conversation about mental health issues.
Bullying Among Adolescents Hurts Both the Victims and the Perpetrators: Bullies aren’t just hurting their victims — they’re hurting themselves. According to a new study out of Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, both bullies and victims have increased chances of experiencing problems with their social environment, are more likely to drink alcohol and use tobacco, and are more likely to complain about psychosomatic problems.
Track Your Activities Before You’ve Done Them: Could “pre-committing” to positive habit changes actually help you stick to them?
Time Going Too Fast? A Psychologist Explains What You Can Do to Slow It Down: As children, we feel like time takes forever (sometimes this is good — summer breaks! — sometimes this is not — math tests!), but as adults, we often feel like time flies by. One author suggest that we might be able to slow things down a little if we better understand the psychological processes behind our different experiences with time. (RELATED: Ever wonder if your weight has anything to do with your sense of time? Neither have I, so I was interested when I stumbled across a recent study on time overestimation and the link to obesity.)
Are Strangers’ Mental Health ‘Recovery Narratives’ Helpful? After reviewing dozens of articles analyzing the helpfulness of other people’s “recovery narratives,” researchers at the University of Nottingham in United Kingdom say yes, these narratives do help others deal with their own mental health problems.
Mind Mom’s Mental Health After Child’s Diagnosis: Recent research by Western and Lawson Health Research Institute uncovered 57 percent of mothers of children who have epilepsy were at risk for a major depressive disorder during the decade after their children are diagnosed, and 20 percent were at risk for depression at the time of the diagnosis and at each follow-up assessment. Given the mental health challenges mothers of children with epilepsy can face, it’s suggested doctors should consider a “family diagnosis” while treating the children.