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Psychology Around the Net: February 24, 2018

Posted on February 27, 2018

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Happy Saturday, Psych Central readers!

This week’s Psychology Around the Net dives into how to combat isolation when you work from home, an upcoming all-star mental health charity concert, why a “good enough” relationship is what you need, and more.

How to Fight Isolation When You Work from Home: Working from home definitely has its perks, but it has its downfalls, too. Isolation — which can lead to depression — is all too common among folks who work from home. Here are a few ways to combat isolation (many of which can even boost your mental and physical health!).

Harvard Psychologist Steven Pinker: The No. 1 Communication Mistake That Even Smart People Make: The “curse of knowledge” can make you forget what it’s like to not know something and cause you to use jargon, skip explanations and steps, and not describe things in concrete terms. Steven Pinker, a professor of psychology at Harvard University and the author of writing manual The Sense of Style, offers strategies for overcoming your own “curse of knowledge” to communicate more clearly when writing or speaking.

Depression May Impede HIV Care: A new study suggests people with depression might have a more difficult time sticking to their HIV treatment plans, including being more likely to miss scheduled healthcare appointments

Dave Navarro Recruits Courtney Love, Billy Idol for Mental Health Charity Show: Guitarists Dave Navarro and Billy Morrison are recruiting an all-star lineup including Courtney Love, Billy Idol, Corey Taylor, and more to play a mental health charity concert in April. Says Morrison: “After losing too many friends to suicide and depression, and having suffered personally with a wide range of mental health issues, we want to raise awareness and funds for the treatment of mental health.”

Rep. Nardolillo Calls for Increase in Counseling for Students: Funding to be Derived from the Sale of Violent Video Games: Representative Robert Nardolillo III has announced he will introduce legislation that implements a tax on video games rated “M” or higher in order to fund and increase in mental health and counseling resources in schools, citing there is evidence kids who are exposed to these kinds of video games “tend to act more aggressively than those who are not.”

Why This Marriage Therapist Says a ‘Good Enough’ Relationship Is One That Lasts a Lifetime: The idea that a relationship you can describe as “good enough” is one you should strive for is probably not an idea you’re keen on; however, relationship therapist John Gottman of The Gottman Institute offers a simple yet insightful definition of “good enough” that might change your mind.

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Author: Alicia Sparks

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