Psychology Around the Net: July 25, 2020

This week’s Psychology Around the Net takes a look at what causes revenge bedtime procrastination (a phenomenon I’m way too familiar with), the psychological toll of rude emails, why “I did by best” is a sorry (pun intended) excuse, and more.

Stay well, friends!

Don’t Fall Into the Trap of ‘Revenge Bedtime Procrastination’: Ever find yourself staying up late at night, even if you spent the entire day ticking item after item off your to-do list, even if there isn’t really anything else you need to do, and even if all your body wants to do is sleep? It’s called revenge bedtime procrastination! Journalist Daphne K. Lee describes it as “phenomenon in which people who don’t have much control over their daytime life refuse to sleep early in order to regain some sense of freedom during late night hours” and Dr. Elizabeth Yuko explains how we can stop.

Having Needs Doesn’t Make You “Needy”: People who are trying to overcome codependency and poor boundaries have to recognize and value their personal needs; however, for many people, it feels too “needy” to acknowledge and communicate their needs.

The Psychological Toll of Rude E-Mails: Research has shown that dealing with rude emails at work doesn’t just affect us in the moment, but also can cause lingering stress, take a toll on our well-being, and even creep into our family and home lives. With at-home work on the rise, workers are communicating via email more than ever and it’s important that managers set clear expectations regarding email communication. Too, employees can learn effective coping mechanisms to deal with various types of aggressive emails.

‘Love Hormone’ Oxytocin Could Be Used to Treat Cognitive Disorders Like Alzheimer’s: New research out of Tokyo University of Science shows that oxytocin can reverse some of the damage amyloid plaques cause in the memory and learning center of the brain. Says the study’s lead Professor Akiyoshi Saitoh: “Our study puts forth the interesting possibility that oxytocin could be a novel therapeutic modality for the treatment of memory loss associated with cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease. We expect that our findings will open up a new pathway to the creation of new drugs for the treatment of dementia caused by Alzheimer’s disease.”

Why “I Did My Best” Is a Worthless Excuse: Why “I did my best” is worthless as an excuse and we should never use or accept it as justification for problematic behavior.

Becoming a Mom Triggered My Eating Disorder All Over Again: One mother describes her struggles with body dysmorphic disorder and eating disorders, how her view of her postpartum body triggered her to start rigidly counting calories and weighing herself again, and the work she’s doing with her therapist to strengthen her physical and mental health.

Photo: Viktor Hanacek

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