On September 11, 2001, four airplanes were hijacked by al-Qaeda and flown into both World Trade Center towers in New York City and the Pentagon just outside of Washington, D.C., killing more than 3,000 people, including police officers and firefighters.
Tomorrow is the 15th anniversary of what we now refer to as 9/11, and people will pause and reflect and grieve just as they have for the past decade and a half.
They will take a moment or two or more to remember those who were senselessly killed during these attacks — as well as their family members and other loved ones.
I know I, for one, will, too.
According to the American Psychological Association (APA):
When terrorist acts occur, people generally look for ways to cope with the acute stress and trauma. Terrorism evokes a fundamental fear of helplessness. The violent actions are random, unprovoked and intentional, and often are targeted at defenseless citizens. Trying to cope with the irrational information that is beyond normal comprehension can set off a chain of psychological events culminating in feelings of fear, helplessness, vulnerability and grief.
The APA also provides information about how to manage traumatic stress caused by terrorism, which I highly recommend you check out.
This week’s Psychology Around the Net takes a look at how to manage emotional labor, what happens when children practice mindfulness, how scientists can change how we feel about a person’s face, and more.
Looking Back at 9/11, Americans Feel Fear, Anger, Worry: According to a new CNN/ORC Poll conducted by calling a random selection of 1,001 adults between September 1 and September 4, “Americans are increasingly worried that terrorists will strike in the days around the anniversary, and they are more likely than five years ago to feel fear and anger when they think about what happened that day.”
Managing the Hidden Stress of Emotional Labor: Harvard Business Review offers several tips on how to manage “emotional labor,” a term some psychologists use for the act of “keeping your game fact on” at work or even outside of the office (for example, when you have to make polite small talk but you’re actually tired and would rather not).
Demi Lovato Now Co-Owns a Mental Health Treatment Center: This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Demi Lovato in action where mental health awareness is concerned. The singer spoken publicly about her own bipolar disorder, addiction, and bulimia in hopes to bring awareness to mental illness, and now she is a co-owner of CAST Centers, a mental health and wellness treatment facility in Los Angeles where Lovato herself received treatment in 2013.
What Happens to the Brain of Children When They Practice Mindful Exercises: A new study published in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology shows some promising results for children who struggle with various kinds of anxiety disorders. According to the study’s Sian Cotton, Director of the UC’s Center for Integrative Health and Wellness and the study’s co-author, mindful exercises “expand traditional treatments and offer new strategies for coping with psychological distress” and can help “increase present-moment awareness of conscious thoughts, feelings, and body sensations in an effort to manage negative experiences more effectively.”
The Best Sleeping Position for Your Body, According to a Doctor: We all know the physical and mental health benefits of getting a good night of sleep; however, we all also know that so many of us suffer from insomnia for one reason or another. According to one orthopedic spine surgeon, this sleep position might help us get some better shut-eye.
Brain Scientists Can Induce Feelings About Faces: Researchers from Brown University and the Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International in Kyoto, Japan were able to “train unknowing volunteers to develop a mild but significant preference or dislike for faces that they had previously regarded neutrally” using an MRI feedback technique.