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Psychology Around the Net: November 3, 2018

This week’s Psychology Around the Net takes a look at what your reaction to WiFi failure says about your personality, the psychology of faking your own death, why reading could be the key to breaking free from chronic loneliness (and all the health risks loneliness brings), and more.

‘Darkitecture’: The Art and Psychology of Haunted House Design: Did you visit any haunted houses for Halloween, or maybe plan to this weekend? If you’re lucky (i.e. want the potentially scariest experience possible), you have access to a Victorian-style haunted house, as these seem to be the ones that incite the most fear in us. According to Frank T. McAndrew, a professor of psychology at Knox College, there might be a deep-rooted psychological explanation for why this type of architecture freaks us out the most.

People With Internet Addiction React the Worst When WiFi Fails: If you get angry and frustrated when your WiFi connection is on the fritz, it could be because of your personality — more specifically, because of FOMO (fear of missing out). (Or, it could simply be because you, like many people today, rely on the Internet to work so you can work. Just sayin’!)

Common Medications Taken During Pregnancy Are Not Associated With Risk for Autism: According to new research from The Seaver Autism Center for Research and Treatment at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, babies who are exposed in the womb to the bulk of medications that target neurotransmitter systems — including antidepressants and antipsychotic medication — aren’t any more likely to develop autism than babies who aren’t exposed; however, during the study, the rates of autism were higher among children whose mothers had overall worse general health before becoming pregnant, which suggests when it comes to a child’s development, a mother’s health plays a more critical role than the medication she takes.

The Psychology of Faking Your Own Death: Psychological disorders might sometimes link to pseudocide, but they certainly don’t explain everything. Many psychologists and pseudocide researchers believe people who go through with faking their own deaths feel pushed to the edge and hope they can create a better life by “killing” their current one, and by digging into their motivations for pseudocide, we can learn more about our understanding of life, mortality, death, reinvention, hopelessness, and even self-esteem.

7 Secrets of People With Incredible Discipline: Discipline is key when you’re trying to meet a goal (or goals). Learn how to create and incorporate new habits, think of certain activities as “benefits” rather than “tasks,” use a countdown method to combat procrastination, and more.

Does Reading Help With Loneliness? A New Report Says It Could Be a Solution to Chronic Isolation: Regardless of where you live, listen (or READ) up: “The report, titled A Society of Readers, says that the UK is accelerating towards a loneliness crisis. By 2030, almost two million people will see their lifespans shortened as a result of loneliness, while over two million will experience a related stroke. Over four million will develop dementia — a condition associated with loneliness, the report notes — while one in three children born in the UK this year will grow up to develop the condition.”

Psychology Around the Net: November 3, 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: November 3, 2018. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 28, 2020, from
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