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Psychology Around the Net: May 30, 2020

This week’s Psychology Around the Net highlights the current telehealth boom (and how some mental health professionals feel about it), ways to turn your self-criticism into self-compassion, the unique mental health challenges mission-driven work can bring, and more.

Stay well, friends!

Online Therapy Having Its Moment, Bringing Insights On How to Expand Mental Health Services Going Forward: Nicholas Joyce, a psychologist and counselor at University of South Florida, weighs in on his professional colleagues’ attitudes toward telehealth services in the past, how those attitudes are changing amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and what it would take for telehealth to work effectively long after the coronavirus crisis is over.

Your AI Chatbot Therapist Isn’t Sure What It’s Doing: “How do AI-powered mental health programs compare with face-to-face treatment, or to digital therapy administered by a human? Do they answer to the same regulatory bodies as other mental health providers? Moreover, what are the risks of outsourcing something as sensitive as mental health care to Silicon Valley startups?”

Change Self-Criticism Into Self-Compassion: “You’re so fat.” “I can’t believe you’re going to wear a swimsuit in public.” “Oh, my god you look awful in those jeans.” Have you ever noticed you can easily say things to yourself you wouldn’t dare say to someone else? That you willingly bully yourself? The bottom line is that if it’s not OK to say it to someone else, it’s not OK to say it to yourself. It’s past time to replace your self-criticism with self-compassion. Here’s how.

Managing Mental Health When Working for a Mission: When you engage in mission-driven work, such as the non-profit world, you can face specific emotional challenges. Your success doesn’t always bring bonuses or accolades like it would in other career fields, and sometimes you won’t see any success or reward because the problem might be too complicated for just you or just your organization to handle. For this episode of HBR Presents, Morra Aarons-Mele talks with Poppy Jaman OBE, the CEO of City Mental Health Alliance, about what it’s like to work a mission-driven career and care for your mental health.

Designing Technologies That Interpret Your Mood From Your Skin: Skin conductance is the measure of how much someone sweats, and can indicate both emotional and physical reactions to something (technologies like lie detector tests have their roots in skin conductance). Now, researchers from Sweden and the UK have developed a way to interpret the biological signals our skin conductance produces in the form of wrist-worn sensor that could tell you about your stress levels, help you track your emotions, and more.

Getting On the Same Page About How to Discipline Your Kids: When a child’s caregivers aren’t on the same page about discipline, the child can end up pulled in all sorts of different directions without a clear idea of what’s actually “right” and “wrong.” It’s important for parents and other guardians to figure out the behaviors that need addressed, how to address them, and what the consequences will be — and to stick to it.

Photo by Danielle MacInnes on Unsplash.

Psychology Around the Net: May 30, 2020

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. (2020). Psychology Around the Net: May 30, 2020. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 29, 2020, from
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