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Top 10 Psychology and Mental Health Topics of 2012

Top 10 Psychology and Mental Health Topics of 2012Can 2012 be coming to a close already? It’s staggering (and psychologically interesting!) how some years seem to last forever, while others just fly by.

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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 2012 that appeared here on the World of Psychology blog at Psych Central:

  1. Retrain Your Brain to Reduce Worry
    by Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S.
  2. How to Get Over a Breakup
    by Nathan Feiles
  3. 10 Tips for Highly Sensitive People
    by Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S.
  4. Does Depression Have an Upside?
    by John M. Grohol, Psy.D.
  5. History of Psychology: A New Twist in the Case of Little Albert
    by Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S.
  6. 8 Sneaky Things That Can Sink Your Mood
    by Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S.
  7. Problem With Procrastination? Try Doing Nothing
    by Gretchen Rubin
  8. 8 Surefire Ways To Emotionally Screw Up Your Kid
    by Julie Hanks, LCSW
  9. Why Some People Love Horror Movies While Others Hate Them
    by Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S.
  10. 5 Ways to Get to Know Yourself Better
    by Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S.

Top 10 Most Popular Articles from the Psych Central Blog Network

These are the top 10 most popular articles from our blog network for 2012:

  1. Amanda Todd’s YouTube Video, a Cry for Help
    by Katherine Prudente, LCAT, RDT
  2. How to Create a Timeline: The Power of Re-working Your Life’s Story
    by Athena Staik, Ph.D.
  3. 7 Deadliest Drug Combinations
    by David Sack, M.D.
  4. Borderline Personality Disorder: Terminations, Funerals, Ceremonies and Party Harty
    by Sonia Neale
  5. 10 Thoughts that May be Stressing You Out
    by Christy Matta, MA
  6. Is it Sadness or Depression? 10 Questions to Ask Yourself
    by Jenise Harmon, MSW, LISW
  7. 12 Warning Signs That It’s Emotional Infidelity – And Not ‘Just Friendship’
    by Athena Staik, Ph.D.
  8. 5 Biggest Regrets of People Who Are Dying
    by Bella DePaulo, Ph.D.
  9. The Three Factors of Loneliness
    by Karyn Hall, Ph.D.
  10. The Six Stages Of Bipolar And Depression
    by Tom Wootton

Top 10 Psychology, Brain and Mental Health News Topics

And finally, here are the top 10 news topics we covered in 2012:

  1. Childhood development
    For example: Toddlers Don’t Sympathize with Crybabies
  2. IQ and intelligence
    For example: IQ Drops When You’re in a Group
  3. Happiness and well-being
    For example: Buying New Experiences, Not Things, Tied to Happiness
  4. Psychopathy and sociopathy
    For example: Scans Show Psychopaths Have Brain Abnormalities
  5. Depression
    For example: Treating Depression with the Oxytocin, the Love Hormone
  6. Social rejection and social pain in groups
    For example: Take Two Tylenol for Social Rejection?
  7. Sexuality and relationships
    For example: Timing of First Sex Has Far-Reaching Relationship Effects
  8. Social bonding and communication in groups
    For example: A Little Alcohol Aids in Social Bonding
  9. Habits and self-control
    For example: Is Self-Control A Limited Resource, or Driven By Motivation and Attention?
  10. Sleep
    For example: Sleep Deprivation Affects Immune System Like Physical Stress
Top 10 Psychology and Mental Health Topics of 2012

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 2012. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 28, 2020, from
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