Psychology Around the Net: January 7, 2017

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Happy Saturday, lovely readers!

This week’s editing of Psychology Around the Net brings you a sweet collection of mental health news and tips such as how your mental health effects your entrepreneurship, which country no longer classifies transgender as a mental illness, why using profanity might mean you’re an honest person, and more.

Managing Your Mental Health as an Entrepreneur: An entrepreneur struggling with anxiety might have trouble making business decisions, one with depression might lead to pessimistic points of view, and one who succumbs to apathy can lack self-confidence and feel less valuable and validated by his or her work. Kevin Xu, learning to manage workload is a good starting point for entrepreneurs to start better managing their mental health, and provides three ways to begin.

Denmark Is the First Country to No Longer Classify Being Transgender as a Mental Illness: The World Health Organization (WHO) is working to declassify transgender as a mental illness (currently, under the International Classification of Diseases, it classifies a transgender person — one who’s “gender identity or sexual preference is not in doubt, but […] wishes it were different” — as having a Psychological and Behavioral Disorder. However, Denmark felt WHO was moving a bit too slowly (the organization first presented the proposal in 2014 and doesn’t expect the classification to change in the ICD until 2018) and took matters into its own hands.

People Who Swear More Are More Honest New Psychology Study Finds: HOLY ****! According to researchers from University of Cambridge, Maastricht University, Hong Kong University, and Stanford University, profanity is associated “less lying and deception at the individual level and with higher integrity at the society level.” Co-author David Stilwell (University of Cambridge) says: “The main thing we found is if you filter your language when speaking then you’re probably also filtering what you’re saying as well.”

Choosing a Specialty: A Letter to a Medical Student: Dr. Nassir Ghaemi offers some words of wisdom for one student who asks about choosing psychiatry as a specialty in the medical field: “If you feel a deeper calling within the profession, follow it, but prepare yourself for the resistance of the world.”

ABP: The Secret to Not Wanting Fancy Things: Many of us experience extreme satisfaction with a splash of dopamine when we by new things which is, obviously, why many of us shop so often (and even dub ourselves “shopaholics“). However, this high is temporary and once it’s gone, we start looking for another thing, and another thing, and another thing to buy. It’s a vicious cycle, but there’s another, more fulfilling way to end it: switch from being the consumer to the producer.

A Three-Step Plan to Productive, Stress-Free Fridays: Are you productive on Fridays, or do you tend to check out and let them pass by without actually accomplishing anything worthwhile? (I do. Shh.) If so, Sol Orwell at GrowthLab shares three things he does on Fridays — from the morning to mid-afternoon — and the three things it helps you with concerning the end of the week and the beginning of next week.

BONUS:

Actress and author Carrie Fisher, perhaps best known for her role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars film series and her various fiction and non-fiction books such as her autobiography Wishful Drinking, passed away on December 27, 2016. Fisher was outspoken about her struggles with bipolar disorder, alcoholism, and drug addiction and received the Annual Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in Cultural Humanism from Harvard University’s Harvard College in part because her “forthright activism and outspokenness about addiction, mental illness, and agnosticism [had] advanced public discourse on these issues with creativity and empathy.”

Below are just a few recent articles that dive into Fisher’s life, illness, and activism.

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