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Psychology Around the Net: January 27, 2018

Posted on Jan 27, 2018

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Happy Saturday, sweet readers!

So, remember when I told you I was taking an entire mental health weekend last weekend?

Well, it was amazing!

Although I did make a quick trip to the grocery store and had brunch with my mom on Sunday, I mostly chilled indoors doing everything I love that I rarely have time for (maybe it would be fairer to say “rarely make time for”). I read, I wrote, I caught up on a few chores (you read that correctly — catching up on chores is actually a self-care thing for me!), and I snuggled my doggo. I went to bed early on Sunday night, woke up early on Monday morning, and hit the ground running, completely refreshed.

Well, this weekend I’m having a mental health weekend of a different sort. I’ll be outdoors and surrounded by family and friends. We’re taking our annual January trip to an awesome hiking, fishing, skiing, biking location where we soak up nature in the day and cozy up with guitars and Cards Against Humanity at night. It’s a complete 180-degrees from last weekend, but will be just as beneficial — for both physical and mental health.

Anyway, let’s get to this week’s Psychology Around the Net! Get ready for tips on how to stop being judgmental, a museum’s new exhibition to show the faces of mental illness, a new health app to store all your medical records, and more.

10 Quotes That Will Change the Way You See and Treat People Today: Marc Chernoff of Marc & Angel Hack Life shares the story of how a “peculiar looking woman” helped him realize we’re not all that different from each other and offers a few tips on how we can get out of the habit of judging other people, as well as some quotes and questions to reflect on when we catch ourselves feeling judgmental.

What Kate Middleton Just Said About Kid’s Mental Health is a Good Topic for the Workplace, Too: Earlier this week, Kate Middleton spoke with students and teachers at Roe Green Junior School in London during a lesson designed to help support children’s mental health. The Duchess talked about how having a conversation was the first step to dealing with mental health. Inc.com’s John Brandon points out that this advice applies to the workplace, too. Active listening — rather than just waiting for someone to visit a mental health professional — is the way to go.

A Psychology Researcher Explains How Social Media Is Changing Us: Dr. Erin Vogel, a postdoc in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco who studies social media and well-being, discuses how people project a facade of themselves on social media, using these platforms for social comparison, and how the more time we spend on social media, the more the platform — not us — benefits.

What Does Someone with Mental Illness Look Like? A Museum Tries to Answer That: There’s a new exhibition at Boston’s Museum of Science that’s tackling the common misconceptions and stigma of mental illness using both art and science. “Many Faces of Our Mental Health” is a collaboration between psychiatrist-scientist Dr. Bruce Cohen, science journalist Dr. Rae Simpson, and artist Lynda Michaud Cutrell and includes paintings, portraits, sculptures, and videos based on current scientific data. “Many Faces of Our Mental Health” is open through February 11, 2018, but if you can’t make it to Boston you can take a peak of a few of the faces online.

Psychosis Associated with Increased Complications Following Total Joint Arthroplasty: According to the results of a recent study published in The Journal of Arthroplasty, patients who have schizophrenia or bipolar disorder are at a higher risk for postsurgical complications, such as joint infections and the need for aseptic and mechanical revisions. Researchers note people with bipolar disorder or schizophrenia can have “multiple potential barriers to self-care post-operatively” and “[s]urgeons should be aware of this high-risk population.”

Apple Wants to Gather All Your Medical Records in the Health App: Earlier this week, Apple released the beta version of iOS 11.3, along with a new health effort: Health Records, as part of the Health app. Health Records will let you collect and view all your medical records, and Apple has already partnered with hospitals and clinics such as Johns Hopkins Medicine and Cedars-Sinai for the beta testing. Apple Chief Operating Officer Jeff Williams states, “Apple doesn’t see the data unless the consumer chooses to share it.”

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