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Psychology Around the Net: November 16, 2019

This week’s Psychology Around the Net explores positive morning affirmations to tell your reflection (yep!), offers tips for surviving holiday family gatherings, what hiding Instagram likes could mean for your mental health, and more.

The 6 Best Things to Say to Yourself in the Mirror According to Mental Health Pros: Think of these morning affirmations as an act of self-care. It might feel awkward at first, but starting the day in front of your mirror, taking a deep breath, and saying to the reflection “I’m so proud of you” (or “I’m a f****** bad***!”) can boost your self-esteem, increase motivation, and overall help set you up for an awesome day. Says NYC-based psychologist Jaclyn Lopez Witmer: “It’s so important to talk directly to you, yourself, as you would to another person. This contributes to a more positive mood and mindset for the day because it is a way of practicing self-compassion, treating yourself with kindness and love the way you treat others.”

10 Tips for Surviving Holiday Family Gatherings: Family holiday gatherings are right around the corner, and if the air surrounding your family get-togethers tends to be thick with tension, now’s the time to start prepping for a less-awkward occasion.

What Instagram Hiding Likes Could Mean for Your Mental Health: Earlier this year, Instagram started hiding likes in seven countries including Canada, Australia, and Japan, and now the social platform will start hiding likes from American users. You’ll still be able to see your own likes (i.e. how many likes your post gets), but no one else will be able to see them and you won’t be able to see their likes, either. Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri says, “The idea is to depressurize Instagram, make it less of a competition.”

The Impact of Mental Health Training in the Workplace: Managers who have access to mental health training within their workplaces have an better understanding of mental health and can actively work to help prevent mental health problems in their employees, according to a new study out of Sweden, a country where managers generally are expected to take some responsibility for their employees’ health and safety.

How It Feels to Believe You Have a Mental Illness Because You’re a ‘Bad’ Person: When your bipolar disorder or depression or schizophrenia symptoms rear their ugly heads, do you automatically think you’ve done something “bad” to deserve them? Do you believe you’re exhausted and crying incessantly because you’re a broken person, rather than a person with a brain chemical imbalance? You can combat this cycle of self-disparaging diatribe by being aware of your thought processes; calmly pay attention to how they distort your self-image. Observe them for what they’re worth, without attaching any emotions to them.

Meaningful Work Is the Best Therapy: One blogger explains why being denied Social Security Disability Income was one of the most important things that led to his recovery from serious mental illness; that, while having a social safety net is important to help people get back on their feet, having meaningful work of some sort is what’s crucial to “heal, and to regain productivity and independence.”

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Psychology Around the Net: November 16, 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: November 16, 2019. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 29, 2020, from
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