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Psychology Around the Net: May 26, 2018

Happy Saturday, Psych Central readers!

This week’s Psychology Around the Net covers why we get so annoyed when we receive unsolicited advice, how technology (like Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Assistant) could be negatively affecting the way children learn to communicate, a new mental health guide in graphic novel format, and more.

Psychologists Have Identified a Very Good Reason Why Unsolicited Advice Is So Annoying: Over the course of several studies, psychologists have found that while giving advice can seem (and often is) a kind and generous move, it 1) isn’t always selfless, and 2) can create a power imbalance — especially when it suggests the person receiving the unsolicited advice actually needs something from the advice giver in the first place.

A Cartoonist’s Playful and Pragmatic Mental Health Guide: When cartoonist Ellen Forney published Marbles, her graphic memoir on bipolar disorder, readers went wild for it. So, she followed up with Rock Steady: Brilliant Advice from My Bipolar Life — not a memoir or even a sequel, but a sort of reference book with 8 chapters that cover 8 specific mental health-related topics and also aims to explain what happens when a person starts to properly manage mental illness.

She Started a Suicide Prevention Site at Age 15. It’s Still Going Strong: “People didn’t view me seriously because I was a 15-year-old girl.” People are taking the now 20-year-old CEO of Buddy Project, Gabby Frost, seriously now.

People with ASD Risk Being Manipulated Because They Can’t Tell When They’re Being Lied To: A new study out of the University of Kent shows people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have a diminished ability to distinguish truth from lies, which puts them at a greater risk of being manipulated.

Hey Alexa, What Are You Doing to My Kid’s Brain? Parents are becoming anxious that the ability to demand Amazon’s Alexa or Google’s Assistant to tell a story, read a joke, or play a song is teaching their children to communicate as “demanding little twerps” rather than polite and considerate humans — so much so that both companies recently announced their various devices will start requiring a “please” and thanking them for being polite.

The Best Way to Persuade Someone That They’re Wrong Is to Show Them How They’re Right: Sure, at first it sounds conniving, but it’s actually beneficial for everyone if you look at it the way 17th century philosopher Blaise Pascal explains it.

Psychology Around the Net: May 26, 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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