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Psychology Around the Net: June 8, 2019

This week’s Psychology Around the Net takes a look at one country’s new budget to focus on citizen well-being, how non-athletes can use performance psychology in the office, the safest ways to help your friends resolve a fight, and more.

Enjoy!

Rainbow: A First Book of Pride: This month, the American Psychological Association spotlights Rainbow: A First Book of Pride, a “must-have primer for young readers” and “sweet ode to rainbow families, and an affirming display of a parent’s love for their child and a child’s love for their parents.” Author Michael Genhart, PhD is a picture book author and licensed clinical psychologist with a private practice in San Francisco and has authored several other picture books including Ouch! Moments: When Words Are Used in Hurtful Ways (2016), Peanut Butter & Jellyous (2017), and Mac & Geeeez! (2017).

This Country Is Basing Its Entire Budget On the Happiness of Its People: I’m not going to tell you which one here (where’s the fun in that? go read the article!) but I will tell you this country just announced a new budget that doesn’t focus on more traditional measures of economic success; instead, it prioritizes the well-being of its citizens.

How the Internet May Be Changing the Brain: Heavy use of the Internet could change the brain, specifically affecting memory processes, attentional capacities, and social interactions, according to an international team of researchers from Western Sydney University, Harvard University, Kings College, Oxford University, and University of Manchester. The study’s lead author Dr. Joseph Firth notes how “the limitless stream of prompts and notifications” encourages us toward “constantly holding a divided attention” and affects our ability to concentrate on a single task, and the fact that we have so much of the world’s factual information at our fingertips (literally) has the potential “to begin changing the ways in which we store, and even value, facts and knowledge in society, and in the brain.”

Performance Psychology Isn’t Just for Athletes: Let’s say your body is at work, but your mind is somewhere else. Maybe you’re having a crappy day. You’re in a bad mood. Some upsetting or worrying issues are on your mind. Or, you’re in a great mood. You’re fiance is back from an out-of-town trip or you and some old college friends are meeting up for drinks later or it’s Friday and you’re leaving for a much-needed week-long beach vacation in the morning. Whatever the case, you’ve got a lot on your mind and it’s likely you’re not giving your best at work. That’s where emotion regulation comes in. When they become aware of their emotions and how those emotions affect their performance, athletes adopt emotion regulation strategies such as mindfulness, emotional gratitude, and self-talk. The good news for those of us who aren’t athletes for a living? We can apply each of those strategies to the office.

How Do I Help My Friends Resolve a Fight Without Taking Sides? When two of your friends have a falling out, things can get tricky. You want to help them resolve the issue and make up, but you don’t want to get caught in the middle — and you definitely don’t want to be seen as taking one side or the other. One therapist weighs in on how you can help your friends without making things worse for them, yourself, and the state of your friend group, including methods like NVC (nonviolent communication) and the “Aftermath of a Fight.”

Gary Vaynerchuk Says This One Thing Is the Quickest Path to Success and Happiness: When you think about perspective in terms of your career, think about the parable of the three bricklayers. If someone asks what you’re doing, you’ll say you’re laying bricks, putting up a wall, or building a cathedral — and your answer has a lot to do with how you view yourself, your career, and the world as well as the story you tell yourself and others. According to entrepreneur, author, speaker Gary Vaynerchuk perspective also impacts your potential. “So much of our lives is predicated on how we look at the situations that surround us,” Vaynerchuk.

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