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Learn to Do More Online: Marketing, Design, WordPress & More

I like learning new things; it helps to keep life interesting, and it’s good exercise for the brain. There are a lot of great free courses out there online, and I thought I would pull together a collection of links to some of the ones I’ve come across that relate to somewhat blog-ish activities. Coding: …

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What Is… the Psychology Behind Selfies

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week, we’re going to look at the psychology behind selfies. Smartphones and social media have given rise to the age of the selfie, which was the 2013 Oxford Languages Word of the Year. Back in the not-so-distant day, selfies just …

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Mental Health @ Home book review: Collective Illusions by Todd Rose

Book Review: Collective Illusions

Collective Illusions by Todd Rose explores the creation and maintenance of social lies that are fuelled by false assumptions, conformity, silence, and a lack of questioning. Drawing on social psychology and neuroscience, this book shows just how skewed these norms can be from the reality of what most people actually think. Collective illusions occur when …

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How Effective Are Mental Health Awareness Campaigns?

We’re surrounded by awareness campaigns, particularly health awareness campaigns. In the US, the number of designated national health awareness days had reached 200 by 2015 (Purtle & Roman, 2015). In 2017, the Stanford Social Innovation Review published an article titled Stop Raising Awareness Already. Pointing to the great many awareness month designations all for a …

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How Do You Avoid Getting Overwhelmed By Notifications?

Tech has become a huge part of most people’s lives. The combination of tech and social media (and other websites) means the potential for a lot of notifications. How do you manage them to keep them from getting overwhelming? Push vs pull A lot of sites and apps try to send you push notifications, shoving …

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Social Proof and Blogging: Why People Care Who Likes You

Rory of A Guy Called Bloke alluded to this recently, and I wanted to talk a little more about the psychological phenomenon called social proof, and how it applies to blogging. First off, what is social proof? It’s a cognitive bias that means when we’re in a situation where the action we should take is …

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What Is... Series (Insights into Psychology)

What Is… FOMO (Fear of Missing Out)

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week’s term is fear of missing out (FOMO). Fear of missing out, more commonly known as FOMO, is a form of social anxiety (although not a social anxiety disorder). It involves a pervasive apprehension that others might be engaging in …

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