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Psychology Around the Net: September 30, 2017

Ah, the leaves are changing and the air’s getting crisper…goodbye September! I can’t say I’ll miss you (you kind of whizzed right on by?!) and October is my favorite month anyway!

This week’s Psychology Around the Net covers the real psychology behind taking a knee, what really creates the “grit” personality trait, why some people don’t need to hear “I love you” in relationships, and more.

Study Challenges Validity of the Psychological “Grit Scale”: For the past decade or so, various industries, from practical psychology to selecting employees, have used the Grit Scale to help measure a person’s “grit” — a supposed personality trait that combines perseverance to reach goals and consistency in interests. However, a new research shows that while the Grit Scale does measure perseverance and interest, the two components do not form a single trait.

The Psychology of Taking a Knee: When Colin Kaepernick took his first knee, did he realize he was starting a scientific conversation that goes way beyond his reason for the protest?

A Stanford Psychologist on the Art of Avoiding Assholes: You read that correctly: Robert Sutton, a psychology professor at Stanford University, has released The Asshole Survival Guide — seven years after his The No Asshole Rule — and he’s given an interview on everything from what exactly defines an “asshole” to how you can avoid being one.

What New Depression Drug Possibilities Are Out There? Researchers combining certain classes of medications have found these combinations can increase effectiveness, which can help doctors more quickly and efficiently determine which medicines will be the most effective for their patients.

This Photo Is A Powerful Reminder That Mental Illness Isn’t Always Visible: Many of us associate pictures of sad, gloomy-looking people with mental illness; however, there is no single — if any — kind of picture that shows mental disorders, as mental health advocate Milly Smith is trying to tell us. Smith posted a picture of herself looking and feeling happy one morning — and then tried for the third time to commit suicide seven hours later.

Why You Don’t Have To Say “I Love You” To Feel Love: Perhaps the most important thing — as simple as it sounds — is knowing what you want from the relationship and making sure you get it.

Source: psychcenteral