80 interesting psychological facts which will leave you saying 'oh my god'
You change for two reasons, either you learn enough that you want to or you’ve been hurt enough that you have to.
Women with higher IQ have a harder time finding a mate.
Research has found that good relationships are more important to a long life than exercise.
Don’t let yourself be controlled by three things people, money or past experiences.
70% of your dream contains a secret message.
Psychology says, pretending to be happy when you are in pain is just an example of how strong you are as a person.
Music changes the way we think and our perception of the world.
Falling in love has a similar neurological effect as getting high on cocaine.
Optimistic beliefs about the future can protect people from physical and mental illness.
Athazagoraphobia is the fear of being forgotten or ignored.
Holding hands with someone you love can alleviate physical pain as well as stress and fear.
Volunteers are significantly more satisfied with their lives than non-volunteers.
The risk of both catching a cold or the flu and of having a particularly severe form of the infection drop if you exercise moderately.
Women who prefer to have more male friends than female friends are happier, healthier and tends to live longer.
Your brain does more creative work when you’re tired.
People that are really close can read each other’s minds.
People who view TV crime shows consistently overestimate the frequency of crime in the real world.
People with low self-esteem tend to “try” and humiliate others.
Seeing others positively reveals our positive traits, seeing others negatively reveals our negative traits.
Psychology says you get depressed because you know that you are not what you should be.
Opposites don’t attract. You’re more likely to be attracted to someone who looks and thinks the same as you do.
Memories get distorted over time. The average human has at least one false piece of memory.
Around 80% of human talk in groups, is complaining.
People don’t always need advice. Sometimes all they need is a hand to hold and ear to listen and a heart to understand.
We seem to ignore the ones who adore us & pay more attention to those who ignore us.
Depression is the result of over thinking. The mind creates problems that didn’t even exist.
Be careful who you share your weakness with some people can’t wait for the opportunity to use it against you.
Being with happy people makes you happier.
Convincing yourself you slept well tricks your brain into thinking it did.
Smart people underestimate themselves, and ignorant people think they’re brilliant.
Humor is associated with intelligence and honesty, this is why most women tend to be attracted to men with a sense of humor.
When you remember a past event, you are remembering the last time you remembered it.
Children who grew up in stressful environments with strict parents are more likely to develop the habit of overthinking as adults.
You can’t multitask.
If two past lovers can remain just friends, it’s either they are still in love or never were.
The placebo effect is getting more powerful over time. As medical technology improves, our faith in medicine becomes stronger.
You want more choices and information than you can process
Your unconscious knows first.
Our mind has the ability to detect and sense danger. If your gut tells you something’s wrong never ignore that feeling.
You are hard-wired for imitation and empathy.
Our “strong tie” group size is 150 people
Our reaction to a situation literally has the power to change the situation itself.
Bite-sized chunks of info are best.
If you don’t challenge yourself, you will never realize what you can become.
People assume it’s you, not the situation.
Even the illusion of progress is motivating.
Your mind wanders 30% of the time.
The best person in your life is the one who comes after reading this sentence.
Your most vivid memories are wrong.
People with sarcastic personalities tend to be more honest with friends.
The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice.
A school doesn’t test your intelligence, it tests your memory.
Emotional pain is remembered more than physical pain and has more effect on your behavior.
The more uncertain you are, the more you dig in and defend your ideas.
People with creative minds tend to have a harder time falling asleep at night, they prefer to stay up later.
Your mind “rewrites” monotonous speech of boring people to make it sound more interesting.
We are biologically wired to become attached to what’s familiar. Which is why we hold onto things even if they are bad for us.
Your favorite song is probably your favorite because you associate it with an emotional event in your life.
Too much stress literally causes the human brain to freeze and shut down temporarily.
The type of music, you listen to effects the way you perceive the world.
Hurt is often mistaken for anger 85% of the time, a person isn’t actually mad at you but instead disappointed.
Romantic love is biochemically indistinguishable from having a severe obsessive-compulsive disorder.
90% of people will text things that they could never say in person.
Phobias may be memories passed down through generations in DNA, according to new research.
People tend to value memories more than actual people. Sometimes you miss the memories not the actual person.
The brain treats rejection like physical pain.
If you want to know where your heart is, look where your mind goes when it wanders.
68% of the people suffer from Phantom Vibration Syndrome, the feeling that one’s phone is vibrating when it’s not.
Usually, people with the best advice are the people with the most problems.
The average high school kid today has the same level of anxiety as the average psychiatric patient in the early 1950’s.
Someone who becomes angry easily over silly things subconsciously desires to be loved.
Your brain now processes a texted smiley as a real smile.
Religious practices, like prayer and attending services, is associated with lower levels of psychological distress.
When a person cries and the first drop comes from the right eye, it’s happiness and left eye is pain.
Alarm clocks don’t necessarily wake you up, they startle you causing the panic that interrupts your sleep state which isn’t healthy.
No one born blind has ever developed schizophrenia.
Women are naturally better liars than men and they’re also better at detecting lies.
People who speak two languages may unconsciously change their personality when they switch languages.
Psychology says, Announcing your goal makes you less likely to achieve them. It’s because when telling someone goal of yours, it chemically satisfies your brain in a manner that’s similar to having actually completed the goal.
Your decisions are more rational when thought in another language.