Psychology Around the Net: August 11, 2018

Gear up and get ready for the latest in mental health news, Psych Central readers!

This week’s Psychology Around the Net covers a disturbing new trend involving selfies and plastic surgery, why some mental health professionals believe shopping addiction should be recognized as a mental illness, how mindfulness might not be the best practice for boosting productivity, and more.

‘Snapchat Dysmorphia’: How Chasing the Perfect Selfie Can Lead to Plastic Surgery: Ever heard of “Snapchat dysmorphia”? It’s a new term dubbed by researchers from Boston University School of Medicine’s Department of Dermatology in a recent article published in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery amid a disturbing trend plastic surgeons are noticing, which is — as you might have guessed from the term — people bringing in heavily filtered and edited selfies and asking for procedures that will make them look more like the “ideal” versions of themselves they’ve created.

How This Founder Is Innovating in Mental Health by Bringing Matchmaking to Therapy: What could matchmaking and therapy possibly have in common? If you’ve ever had trouble finding a good fit when looking for a therapist, you’d know that matchmaking and therapy have a lot in common, actually, and Alyssa Petersel founded My Wellbeing to help match patients in New York City with compatible therapists.

Shopping Addiction Should Be Recognized as Mental Illness, Say Experts: Professor Astrid Mueller, a clinical psychologist with a special focus on addiction at Hannover Medical School, Germany, says we need a better understanding and recognition of how dangerous shopping addiction — also known as compulsive buying disorder (CBD) — can be, and that seeing it as a separate mental health condition can help professionals develop better diagnosis methods and treatments.

Shinedown Aims Rock’s Revealing Light at Depression and Mental Health: The rock band knew how special “Get Up,” a track off their sixth studio album Attention Attention, was, but they had no idea how deeply it was going to resonate with fans. Says bassist Eric Bass, who’s battled depression and co-wrote the song with Shinedown’s frontman Brent Smith, “To have fans now at meet-and-greets and for them to go, ‘That song has helped me so much, and for you to be able to talk about your problems has helped me.’ It’s helped me and continues to help me.”

What You’re Getting Wrong About Mindfulness: Some companies encourage their employees to practice mindfulness meditation to help with productivity, but according to a new study, meditation is all about accepting the present — the opposite of motivation to do something in the future.

How to Trigger Innate Fear Response? We experience two different kinds of fear: learned fear, which obviously comes from having some sort of experience with the thing we fear, and innate fear, which is naturally coded in our brains. We haven’t had any prior experience with whatever the fearful thing is; all we know is that we’re scared of it. Now, researchers have identified the circuit in our brains responsible for regulating this innate fear response.

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