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Psychology Around the Net: September 15, 2018

Mental Health & the Psychology of Surviving a Hurricane

What’s the psychology behind refusing to evacuate when there’s a natural disaster on the way? What do your snap decisions say about your personality? How can you keep your healthy summer habits going into the fall?

Find out in this week’s Psychology Around the Net!

Why Do People Stay Put During Hurricanes? Here’s What Psychology Says: Many of us know at least one person, or family, that refuses to budge when Mother Nature’s wrath is coming their way — in a big way. You might even be one of these people. So, what’s the deal? Why do some people insist on hanging around even after they’ve battened down the hatches…even when they know it could cost them their lives?

Blissed Out: The 13 Steps to Becoming Happy: Brad Rassler took University of California, Berkeley’s online Science of Happiness course, and here’s what he learned.

Prince William Launches Mental Health Website: On the heels of a new survey that finds 48% of employees in the U.K. have experienced some sort of mental health problem at their workplace, the Duke of Cambridge has launched Mental Health at Work, a new mental health website that provides guides, videos, courses, and other resources to help employees manage their workplace mental health.

It Pays to Be Nice to Your Employees: On that note, new research from Binghamton University, State University at New York finds that when employers show their subordinates compassion — especially when they combine it with enforcing clear goals and benchmarks — their employees are more likely to take their jobs and their work performances more seriously.

How Your Snap Decisions Could Reflect Who You Really Are: We often make snap decisions, or decisions based on instinct, when we’re in some sort of emergency situation that requires we act fast. Researchers at Ohio State University have found certain personality traits might become even more pronounced during that “crunch time” than they are in everyday life.

5 Tips for Taking Healthy Summer Habits With You Into Fall: It can be a lot easier to eat well and exercise during the warmer months, but just because it’s getting cooler and many of us are spending more time indoors doesn’t mean we can’t take those health summer habits inside with us.

Psychology Around the Net: September 15, 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: September 15, 2018. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 29, 2020, from
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