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Misinformation nation: How false news can influence us mentally and emotionally

Misinformation can come in many forms; but at its core, it’s a biased, skewed, or flat-out wrong representation of a current event or subject of public interest. This sort of unscrupulous journalism mostly concerns politics. Outside influences are partially to blame for our susceptibility to misinformation. Our bodies experience a…

Mental health is trending: We are crushing the negative stigma surrounding mental illness and opening up about our problems

People are starting to feel more comfortable opening up about their mental health problems, and in turn, crushing the negative stigma that surrounds mental illness. No one is immune to mental health disorders: for example, big name celebrities and athletes struggle too and are sharing their experiences. Mental health is…

Do violent video games really cause aggressive behavior? Despite popular belief, research says gaming does not influence behavior change

The common belief is that video games cause aggression in real life—but research shows this isn’t the case. Cultivation theory summarizes this belief; however, a University of York study shows that violent video games doesn’t influence players to behave any certain way. That said, of course gaming can still have…

How counseling, counselors are portrayed in the media

Despite the credentials, skills, and experience mental health professionals possess, they are often depicted as unprofessional, unhelpful, and unqualified. In many TV shows and movies, the characters who play counselors or therapists are often portrayed as unprofessional and emotional: they engage in unprofessional relationships with their clients and let their…

When Social Media Makes You Sad

We’re all guilty of it—scrolling enviously through our feeds, staring at all the pretty pictures and reading about our friends’ “glamorous” lives. But here’s the thing: the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. Have you ever heard someone refer to social media as a highlight reel? This means…

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