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7 Websites Every Psychologist Should Bookmark

7 Websites Every Psychologist Should Bookmark

The life of a psychologist is filled with research studies, academic journals, online sources, and books. Catching up on all the latest psychology news used to be a hassle, but thanks to the internet, things are changing. While there are plenty of psychology websites around, the following seven are shaping up the way we receive our psychology news.

1. PsycPORT

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    The American Psychological Association (APA) launched a newswire to keep curious mental health readers in the know about recent studies. The site offers headline stories with some of the most trusted sources from around the world. News topics published on this site include social psychology, mental health, behavior, stress management, and more.

    It’s a simple, basic website, although you should never underestimate it, as PsycPORT is one of the most respected psychology news sites on the internet.

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    2. WebMD Health

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      WebMD is one of the most popular medical websites on the web. It houses endless pages of pharmaceutical drugs, therapy treatment, diagnosis, and of course, mental disorders. The site also contains an eye-watering amount of published content by their MD contributors who are experts in their specialization, which includes psychiatry.

      WebMD offers its readers the opportunity to catch up on all the latest health news. One of the biggest features of WebMD is its powerful Symptom Checker. Used by millions, this feature allows the public to self-diagnose any condition or illness using a symptom knowledge base. You can also use the Symptom Checker for mental disorders; it’s reportedly the most reliable on the internet.

      3. Psychology Today

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        Psychology Today, although only publishes print every two months, is the most popular psychology magazine in the world. With a total circulation of 250,000, this magazine has informed the general public on the important news of mental health since 1967. However, in modern days, Psychology Today is mostly known for its directory database which helps locate therapists or psychologists in your area.

        Their blog, run by hundreds of expert contributors and journalists, include areas in psychiatry, sociology, anthropology, and parenting.

        4. The New York Times’ Well

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          The New York Times, the most trusted news outlet in the US, has a health blog section Well. In this section, readers can find the latest health news, including stories about psychology and ‘the mind.’ Award-winning authors, psychiatrists, and bloggers roam this part of the New York Times and publish some of the greatest pieces on the web.

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          There isn’t much else to say; it’s the NYTimes for god sake. The content speaks for itself.

          5. PsychCentral

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            Dr. John Grohol, an expert in online psychology and behavior, launched the site in 1995, headquartered in Newburyport, Massachusetts. Today, over 230 support groups are active on the site, in addition to its over 383,000 community members. PsychCentral offers the latest news on psychology and mental disorders, while also featuring its very own testing and screening quizzes.

            Moreover, the site also has a massive knowledge database of all types of mental disorders and treatment plans. Over 3 million unique visitors a month are estimates, based on Google webmaster statistics.

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            6. Mental Daily

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              Mental Daily is one of the newer websites on this list. Founded in 2016, the psychology e-zine, or online magazine, has reported news on mental health, neuroscience, and sociology. It even became the first magazine to report on the emerging field of cyberpsychology. Notable stories include Mental Daily slamming India’s mental health system and the cybernetic study on misogyny against women by women on Twitter.

              Aside from the news articles, Mental Daily’s site also features an online encyclopedia where you can find just about every psychopharmacological drug, and mental disorder, based on the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). Mental Daily is like a mix of WebMD with Psychology Today.

              7. The r/psychology/Subreddit

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                The subreddit section of psychology is home to numerous viral stories. If it went viral, chances are it came from a Reddit subpage. In r/psychology/, lies all the latest news from psychology outlets like Psychology Today, NYTimes, The Atlantic, and others. Here, you will be able to join in on any debate regarding the latest psychology news headlines, and most times, it gets heated. This subpage of Reddit contains over 220,000 readers and continues to grow on the daily.

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                How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

                We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

                So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

                Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

                What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

                Boundaries are limits

                —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

                Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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                Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

                Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

                Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

                How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

                Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

                1. Self-Awareness Comes First

                Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

                You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

                To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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                You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

                • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
                • When do you feel disrespected?
                • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
                • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
                • When do you want to be alone?
                • How much space do you need?

                You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

                2. Clear Communication Is Essential

                Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

                Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

                3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

                Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

                That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

                Sample language:

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                • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
                • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
                • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
                • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
                • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
                • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
                • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

                Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

                4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

                Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

                Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

                Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

                We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

                It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

                It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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                Final Thoughts

                Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

                Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

                Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

                The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

                Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

                Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

                They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

                Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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