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Psychology Around the Net: May 12, 2018

Happy Saturday, sweet readers!

This week’s Psychology Around the Net is packed with the latest on WOOP’ing (yep, you read that correctly), the psychology of apologizing and how Starbucks’ CEO Kevin Johnson nailed it, why believing people tend to get happier as they get older isn’t just wishful thinking, and more.

A Study of 7,000 Workers Showed the Standout Trait of Productive People Can Easily Be Learned: Do you know how to “WOOP”? This “more nuanced version of positive thinking” could help boost your productivity.

The Psychology of Apology: How Did Starbucks’ CEO Kevin Johnson Do? Pretty well, according to Prudy Gourguechon is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who specializes in advising business and finance leaders on the underlying psychology of critical decisions. Why? Because he addressed the damage done to the customers and the public at large — rather than damage to the Starbucks brand.

5 Yoga Poses for Bad Habits to Help You Break a Toxic Cycle Once & For All: Have to be honest here: As someone who practices yoga, I had to raise an eyebrow this article’s title. Sure, the practice of yoga itself can help your physical, emotional, and mental health in amazing ways, but claiming certain poses can help you break habits…? However, after reading Georgina Berbari’s explanations about why each pose is helpful for those of us who have a bad habit or two, I’m probably going to roll out my mat the next time I find myself procrastinating.

Risk of Pediatric Mental Illness Up After Injury Hospitalization: According to a new study published in The Journal of Pediatrics, children who are insured by Medicaid are at a great risk for a mental health diagnosis and psychotropic medication prescriptions after being hospitalized for an injury compared to pre-hospitalization.

9 Borderline Personality Disorder Symptoms That Signal Mood Swings Are Something More: This complex and generally misunderstood disorder affects an estimated 2% of the population who deal with impulsive behavior, fear of abandonment, unstable and intense moods, inconsistent self-image, and — often — misdiagnosis.

Yes, You Do Get Wiser and Happier After Age 50: Pamela Newkirk, New York University professor of journalism and author of Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga, takes a look at Jonathan Rauch’s The Happiness Curve: Why Life Gets Better After 50 and why it shouldn’t be “dismissed as wishful thinking.”

Psychology Around the Net: May 12, 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: May 12, 2018. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 28, 2020, from
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