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16 Amazing Psychology Facts Everyone Need To Know!

Diving deep into the roots of our human mind, behavior, thoughts, and feelings is a wild and fascinating thing. There are some incredible facts that can lead you on the path of having a better understanding of yourself and others.
Here are 16 incredible psychology facts. Use them to learn something new and have fun.

1. If you announce your goals to others, you are less likely to make them happen because you lose motivation


There have been tests since as early as 1933 that prove that once intended goals are announced, people are less likely to follow through with them as they lose motivation. This is thought to happen because doing so satisfies a person’s self-identity just enough to prevent them performing the hard work to achieve those goals. (source: sivers.org)

2. Our brain does more creative work when we’re tired

It’s supposed to be the other way round, isn’t it? Not really. Research shows that overworking your brain can spark ideas. When we are tired, we tend to relax; we don’t control our thoughts. We let our mind wander. That’s why we come up with great ideas. Out of nowhere.
Get tired and release all your creativity!

3. We ignore the ones who adore us & pay attention to those who ignore us

We seem to be magnetically pulled by people who don’t give us a bit of their attention. Moreover, we get obsessed with them. A common fact.
People want to have what they can’t have. A study showed that rejection is connected to motivation, reward, and addiction.
Isn’t it ironic?

4. It takes only 4 minutes to fail in love with someone


It means, our mind knows whether we will fall in love or not in this amount of time. So, if you want to impress someone, prepare yourself to blow their mind in 90seconds to 4 minutes.

Time starts now. Ticktack, ticktack.
Good luck with your first impression!

5. Studies have shown that spending money on others provides more happiness than spending it on yourself

Research performed by Harvard Business School has shown that people are actually happier when they give money to others. Of course, this should go without saying as we often anticipate how people will react to our own gifts at Christmas, more so than what gifts we may receive. (source: forbes.com)

6. How we treat a waiter reveals a lot about our character

“The waiter rule.” We have all been in a situation to see waiters being attacked by some people’s inappropriate behavior.
Experts say that we should never trust people who are rude to waiters because the way they treat restaurant staff reveals their true character.
Do you follow this rule? Do you judge people’s character by the way they treat waiters?

7. Doing things that scare us will make us happier

This is one of the secrets to happiness. The more you dare to leave your comfort zone and try new, exciting, scary, uncomfortable things, the more you boost yourself with confidence. And you feel happy about it.
Psychology says that fear is fun.
Challenge yourself! Dare to do it.

8. Kids are more highly strung today, with high school students showing the same level of anxiety as the average psychiatric patient in the 1950’s


Approximately 49% of the general population suffer or have suffered from anxiety, depression or substance abuse. In particular, there is proof that the collective human race is becoming more anxious every decade and there are many speculative reasons for that. For instance, people move more, have less interaction with their communities, change jobs, are less likely to get married and more likely to live alone. (source: psychologytoday.com)

9. The level of stress we experience when we lose our phone is the same as the one we get on our wedding day and dentist visit

Did you know that there is a phobia of being out of cell phone contact? It’s called Nomophobia: No-Mobile-Phobia.
According to a study, “more than one in two nomophobes never switch off their mobile phones.” They get stressed out and anxious; they panic when their phones are not in their hands.
Are you addicted to your mobile device?

10. Emotions might help predict the future

Have you ever had a feeling that something will happen no matter what? You just know it. No doubt about it. Was most of what you predicted true? Well, it’s all connected to our intuition. What we feel deep inside is almost always right and it can help us predict what will happen to us and others.
Keep a journal. Write what you said to someone and you’ll see whether you will be right later.

11. People between the ages of 18 and 33 are the most stressed in the world. After the age of 33 stress levels tend to reduce.

According to a 2012 Stress in America survey by the American Psychological Association, people between the ages of 18 and 33 are the most stressed out, and that stress only seems to be increasing every year. (source: usatoday.com)

12. Millennials are the most depressed workers


Millennials, a generation exposed on anxiety and depression.

One in 5 of them claimed that have been depressed at work: physically there but drained and incapable of doing their tasks throughout the day.
Respect, listen, support, be there for them.

13. We can control our dreams

Imagine you are being chased in a dream and find yourself unable to escape it. The only solution is flying. Fly then! No matter how strange, we can be aware and control our dreams. It’s called Lucid dreaming.
Everyone has the potential to do it. Just stay calm and focused.

14. We spend 80% of our time gossiping and that’s OK

What’s the first thing that crosses your mind when you think of that? Women. According to studies, men gossip as much as women.
We spend pretty much of our time discussing other people, don’t you think so? Some people enjoy it; others-despise it. A study found that not only we spend most of our time gossiping, it may be vital to our survival.
Do you gossip?

15. It has been shown that certain religious practices like prayer and attending services is associated with lower psychological distress levels


“The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Mood Disorders” discusses several studies that have demonstrated that people who partake in various religious activities may have a lower risk of depressive symptoms and other psychological disorders. (source: books.google.com)

16. Our decisions are more rational when thought in another language

When we need to decide on something, we involve our feelings there. It seems like we can’t escape it. Therefore, we are more likely to feel negative emotions which affect our rational thinking.
Thinking in another language brings more logic as we put our feelings aside.
Go ahead, learn a new language and enjoy the process of thinking. Make a better decision.
Source: curiousmindmagazine.com, ideaspots.com

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