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Top 10 Psychology and Mental Health Topics of 2011

Top 10 Psychology and Mental Health Topics of 2011Ah, another year draws to a close, and we here at Psych Central are making our lists and checking them twice. No, wait, that was last week. This week, we’re just making lists (no, we don’t have OCD).

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Click through to see our top 10 lists for the World of Psychology blog, our entire blog network, and from our news bureau.

Top 10 Psychology Blog Topics

Here are the top 10 psychology and mental health topics of 2011 that appeared here on the World of Psychology blog at Psych Central:

  1. A Day in the Life of a Mental Hospital Patient
    by Jennifer O’Brien
  2. Women’s Sex Noises and Orgasm Screams: Voluntary or Not?
    by Dr. John Grohol
  3. 3 Fascinating Facts About Dreams
    by Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S.
  4. Why Ruminating is Unhealthy and How to Stop
    by Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S.
  5. A Few Quotes on Overcoming Adversity
    by Therese J. Borchard
  6. Ring the Bells That Still Can Ring: Letting Go of Perfectionism
    by Sandra Singer, Ph.D.
  7. 8 Tips to Stop Procrastinating
    by Gretchin Rubin
  8. What You Do Every Day Matters More Than What You Do Once In a While
    by Gretchin Rubin
  9. 5 Ways to Silence Your Inner Critic
    by Therese J. Borchard
  10. Review of Jung vs. Freud in A Dangerous Method
    by Dr. John Grohol

Top 10 Most Popular Articles from the Psych Central Blog Network

These are the top 10 most popular articles from our blog network for 2011:

  1. The Complexity of the Creative Personality
    by Douglas Eby
  2. Five Top Skills Proven to Entice Your Mate to Love and Respect You
    by Dr. Athena Staik
  3. 10 Things My Mentor Taught Me: My Own Love is the Most Important Love
    by Shannon Cutts
  4. Why Do Men Lie?
    by Leigh Pretnar Cousins, MS
  5. Five Top Skills Proven to Entice Your Mate to Love and Respect You
    by Dr. Athena Staik
  6. Alice In Chains Bassist Mike Starr Dead, Suspected Overdose
    by Alicia Sparks
  7. 5 Keys to Building Strong Relationships in Any Sphere of Life
    by Joe Wilner
  8. How Can You Be Happier? Find Work You Love
    by Joe Wilner
  9. Radical Self-Acceptance: Q&A With Author Rosie Molinary
    by Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S.
  10. Five Ways Popular American Culture Breeds Sociopaths
    by Richard Zwolinski, LMHC, CASAC

Top 10 Psychology, Brain and Mental Health News Topics

And finally, here are the top 10 news topics we covered in 2011:

  1. How brain regions are being tied to specific behaviors
    For example:
    Seeing and Touching Closely Linked in Brain
  2. Dreams
    For example: Dreams Help Heal Painful Memories
  3. Happiness and laughter
    For example: Laughter Improves Vascular Health
  4. Prescription drugs
    For example: The Drug Metyrapone to Erase Bad Memories?
  5. Self-improvement
    For example: Key to Greatness is Working Memory, Not Practice
  6. Religion and spirituality
    For example: Cognitive Style Tends To Predict Religious Conviction
  7. Child and teen development
    For example: Middle-School Friends Are Critical For Future Success
  8. Memory and memories
    For example: Subconscious Memory and The Lure of Alcohol
  9. Emotions
    For example: Emotional Sensitivity May Be Influenced by High Blood Pressure
  10. Psychopaths and antisocial personality
    For example: A Psychopath’s Brain Is Different
Top 10 Psychology and Mental Health Topics of 2011

John M. Grohol, Psy.D.

Dr. John Grohol is the founder of Psych Central. He is a psychologist, author, researcher, and expert in mental health online, and has been writing about online behavior, mental health and psychology issues since 1995. Dr. Grohol has a Master's degree and doctorate in clinical psychology from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Grohol sits on the editorial board of the journal Computers in Human Behavior and is a founding board member of the Society for Participatory Medicine. You can learn more about Dr. John Grohol here.

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Grohol, J. (2018). Top 10 Psychology and Mental Health Topics of 2011. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 27, 2020, from
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