Psychology Around the Net: April 27, 2019


This week’s Psychology Around the Net takes a look at the safety of your personal information when mental health apps are involved, expert keys to success and happiness, how dentists can become a first line of defense against domestic violence, and more.

Are You Using Mental Health Apps? They Might Be Sharing Your Data: According to a study published in the JAMA Network Open, your privacy might not be entirely safe with mental health apps. A cross-sectional study of 36 top-ranking apps for depression and smoking cessation, 29 apps shared data for analytics or advertising for Google or Facebook but only a few of them accurately disclosed their data-sharing practices in a privacy policy.

Profound Experiences Linked to Mental Health Benefits: John Hopkins researchers report that after surveying thousands of people who claim to have had a personal encounter with God or an “ultimate reality” (whether spontaneous or while under the influence of psychedelics) they’ve found that a majority of participants attribute positive changes to their psychological well-being — such as increased life purpose, meaning, and satisfaction — to that encounter.

To Understand Political Behavior, Look at How Kids Think: A complete understanding of political behavior must include the beliefs that people find intuitive, and developmental psychology can help with that.

Study Exposes Reasons Behind Poor Mental Health in Bisexual People: A new study out of Australia’s La Trobe University (the largest of its kind to date) examined the reasons bisexual people experience higher rates of psychological distress than heterosexual and homosexual people experience and found significant links between poor mental health and bisexual people who perceive their sexuality as wrong; are in heterosexual relationships; and/or think their partner’s understanding or support of their sexuality is low.

Richard Branson’s 8 Keys Happiness and Success: Probably the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Richard Branson is his wild entrepreneurial success; of course, this is followed closely by how happy he seems to be all the time. Here are eight work and lifestyle practices the multibillionaire follows — and you can follow, too — to achieve both happiness and success without sacrificing one or the other.

Dentists Can Be the First Line of Defense Against Domestic Violence: New findings report that as much as 75% of trauma to the neck and head as a result of domestic violence occurs with oral injuries, suggesting these oral biomarkers could help identify domestic violence victims.

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