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Psychology Around the Net: May 25, 2019

This week’s Psychology Around the Net takes a look at the alternatives to turning your hobby into a job, whether or not a person’s “true self” actually exists, the ending of Game of Thrones and the beginning of our parasocial breakup, and more.


You Don’t Have to Monetize Your Joy: When we enjoy something, and we’re really good at it, it’s common for people to suggest we figure out how to make money at it. Turn it into a job, or a business, or find a company looking to hire someone who can do precisely what it is enjoy doing and do well. However, even if the idea sounds intriguing to you, are you really looking for a way to “make money at it”? Are you actually interested in starting a business with it (not to mention, learning how to start a business — if you have no business education or training)? Or, are you actually looking for an opportunity to expand your hobby?

The Psychology Behind ‘Just Be Yourself’: So many, if not most, of us long to live life as our true selves. That makes sense, considering we see the idea of living as our “true selves” in so many places (think advice articles, self-help books, and personal narratives of self-discovery). Yet, what does this mean if it’s possible a “true self” doesn’t actually exist? Does each person’s identity revolve around a “central defining core,” or is the idea of a true self just a product of essentialism?

‘Game of Thrones’ Post-Series Blues Are Real and Here’s How to Beat Them: No, no, no — we’re not harping on the controversial series finale and whether or not you’re sad about your favorite character not getting what you thought he or she deserved. (That’s about the best I can do without the dreaded SPOILER!) Rather, we’re talking about something called “parasocial breakup” and unlike anything a questionable petition to the creators can do, it’s a very real — not to mention normal and expected — thing. “Humans are hard-wired to form social relationships, and it really doesn’t really matter whether the people we form them with are real or not.”

How Mental Health Checks May Help Restaurant Workers Temper Destructive Stress: After the numerous high-profile suicides last year, Chef Patrick Mulvaney — a restaurant owner in Sacramento, California — is working to start a national movement with is peer-to-peer counseling and support program, “I Got Your Back,” which is geared toward helping restaurant workers work through the mental health pressures often exacerbated by the usually fast-paced, high-pressure work environments and, for some, low wages.

Psychologists Reveal Why It’s Harmful to Keep Calling Millennials “Entitled”: New research published in PLOS One presents evidence that millennials believe what they’re told about themselves — specifically that they’re the most entitled and narcissistic age group alive — and this is distressing to them and causing harm. According to the study’s first author, Josh Grubbs, Ph.D., an assistant professor of psychology at Bowling Green State University, “[…] even in the field of psychology, this conclusion (that millennials or Gen Z) are the most narcissistic and entitled generations is highly controversial, yet, in the court of public opinion, it seems that the verdict is in.”

How to Advocate for a Loved One With a Mental Health Condition: Adrienne Nolan-Smith, a board-certified patient advocate and speaker as well as founder WellBe, shares the story that led to her to patient advocacy and three steps to help you help a loved one with a mental health condition.

Psychology Around the Net: May 25, 2019

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. (2019). Psychology Around the Net: May 25, 2019. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 31, 2020, from
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