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Why do people like true crime before bedtime? Murder media as a psychological coping strategy

True crime documentaries, true crime podcasts, and other forms of murder media continue to be a growing obsession in the United States and beyond — especially among women. Murder media can have positive psychological effects on its mostly female audience, whether they’re motivated by hedonistic (pleasure-seeking) or eudaimonic (meaning-seeking) reasons….



Overcoming telephone phobia: When you jump through hoops to avoid “jumping on a call” 

People text more and make fewer voice calls than they did a decade ago. For some people, that reluctance to make and receive calls is caused by telephonophobia, or phone anxiety.  Phone calls can make people feel ambushed, trapped, or acutely self-conscious—but fortunately, there are different approaches that may help…


Do you really have to quit your job to find yourself? The positive psychology driving the Great Resignation of 2021

Over 40% of the workforce is thinking about resigning this year—after rethinking their priorities during the pandemic, workers are looking for more meaning, more autonomy, and more flexibility in their jobs.  Today’s workers are expected to be emotionally involved in their jobs, and can feel as if they’re missing out…




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