Psychology Around the Net: June 13, 2020

This week’s Psychology Around the Net dives into the benefits of using mindfulness to address the looming mental health crisis in business, why playing hard to get as a mating strategy can actually work, how shaking your booty with your grandma and grandpa can boost both their physical and mental health, and more.

Stay well, friends!

How We Justify Victim-Blaming, Scapegoating, and Systemic Abuse: Rebecca Mandeville explains the “just-world” hypothesis and how it relates to victim-blaming, scapegoating, and systemic abuse.

The Power of 10 Minutes: How Mindfulness Can Address the Looming Mental Health Crisis in Businesses: We could be facing a months-long, or even years-long, mental health crisis thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. After spending months quarantined — isolated from friends and family, unable to visit our favorite shops and restaurants, having restricted access to the essentials like grocery stores — it only makes sense for us to be on high alert for a second crisis. Thus, it only makes sense for businesses and leaders to take action and help make a difference for their employees.

Why ‘Playing Hard to Get’ May Actually Work: Although playing hard to get is a common strategy for attracting a mate, past research hasn’t really been able to nail down whether it’s actually effective and, if so, why. Researchers out of University of Rochester wanted to clear it up, and they’ve found that — even though playing hard to get seems like it would backfire (after all, nobody wants to risk rejection!) — making the chase more difficult actually increases the desirability of a potential mate.

Unexpected Uncertainty Can Breed Paranoia: According to Yale University researchers, times of unexpected uncertainty — such as suddenly finding yourself in the midst of a global pandemic — can cause paranoia. Says associate professor of psychiatry and senior author of the study Philip Corlett, “When our world changes unexpectedly, we want to blame that volatility on somebody, to make sense of it, and perhaps neutralize it. Historically in times of upheaval, such as the great fire of ancient Rome in 64 C.E. or the 9/11 terrorist attacks, paranoia and conspiratorial thinking increased.”

How Does Your Hobby Help You in Your Career? Did you know that photography can help your creativity and martial arts can boost your self-confidence? Playing chess can help your critical thinking skills and knitting can strengthen your organizational skills? Taking up a hobby, if you don’t have one already, will not only give you an enjoyable way to spend your time; it can also help you in your career.

Free-Form Dance as an Alternative Interaction for Adult Grandchildren and Their Grandparents: If you haven’t been able to see your grandparents during the COVID-19 lockdown, you might want to plan a dance sesh once you’re able to visit again! According to this new study, dance therapy can help improve a senior’s physical fitness and boost their emotional state. After three free-form dance sessions in their homes with their grandmothers, 16 dance movement therapists reported that dancing not only improved the seniors’ moods but it also affected the younger generation’s attitudes.

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