29.1.17

35 Ultimate Psychology Facts

source: PsychTronics

1.When it comes to placebo, studies have found that a capsule works better than a tablet, and a syringe works better than a capsule (in terms of how successful the placebo effect is).

2. A placebo effect can work even when the individual is aware that the substance they are taking is a placebo.

3. Humans can live longer without food than they can without sleep.

4. Even small noises can make your pupils dilate.

5. By age 60, you will have lost half of your taste buds.

6. If saliva cannot dissolve something, you cannot taste it.

7. Your brain and your stomach are in constant contact with each other which is why some emotions affect our stomachs physically, especially distress.

8. Since the existence of the internet, fewer people claim to be religious.

10. Chewing gum helps your memory to receive a higher test score. 

11. The color purple or more specifically ‘lavender’ creates a soothing effect. It is also a great color to have for your bed spreads.

12. In one of Freud’s psychosexual stages, the phallic stage, children become interested in their own genitalia, their parents, and their friends. Accompanied with this stage is the term ‘penis envy’, this is defined as the female child’s realization/resentment that they do not have a penis.

13. Your Short Term Memory is an actual store in your brain, although it has a much more limited capacity than expected- it lasts approximately 20 seconds and can process five to nine things at one time.

14. Red makes anyone more sexually attractive, but i learned that wearing blue makes men especially more attractive to women.

15. Most human display hindsight bias, the tendency to claim that they have predicted an outcome before the event occurred.

16. Almost 70,000 thoughts a day hit the average human mind.

17. On average it takes 66 days to form a habit.

18. If someone makes eye contact with you for 60% of a conversation they’re bored, 80% and they’re attracted to you and 100% of the time then they are threatening you.  

19. Excessive stress can alter brain cells, structure and function.

20. Descriptive words used on questions eye witnesses are asked after seeing an event can effect how they remember the event later on. In other words influence what people remember. 

21. The sense of falling involved in a dream actually comes from the brain falling asleep too fast and assuming it is dying. The sensation is essentially the brain giving itself an AED.

22. If you fake a smile, even when you’re in a bad mood, that smile will help you feel better and therefore make you happy.

23. Men are attracted to women with clear skin, bright big eyes, rosy lips, and lustrous hair because they are indicators of health and an optimal partner for reproduction.

24. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is not just being a germiphobe. The disorder is obsessive unwanted thoughts and associations of unconnected events.

25. When you yawn and someone else yawns right after it means they were watching you and\or are attracted to you.

 26. It is a myth that humans can only use 10% of their brain at any given point. We can actually utilize somewhere around 35% at once.

27. When focusing hard on a task, the human brain will completely block out other things going on, even if it’s right in front of them. It’s called selective attention.

28. Brains in some individuals produce more chemicals compared to others; this is why some people are considered more emotional than others.

29. Intelligence is partially based on genetics.
30. Though the placebo effect may trick people into thinking they are becoming healthier, it can also harm them in the sense that once they begin taking medications for things that don’t need it, they develop a resistance to that medication so that when they need it, it no longer works.

31. According Furnham & Chamoro-Premuzic (2004), certain personality traits can be significant predictors of a person’s academic average. In fact, conscientious introverts who are not very open minded tend to have an higher average in stats than others.

32. Our reflex reactions aren’t controlled by the brain but by the spinal cord. Nerves that run up and down the spine control what the body does when in need of an instantaneous, lightning fast action like pulling away from something too hot.

33. Smells of family members are similar. This is why the average person does not find family members to be attractive; it’s nature’s way of decreasing genetic mutations.

34. Besides being sexually appealing, red is also an aggressive color that causes people to appear more intimidating.

35. There is no sense of pain within the brain itself. This fact allows neurosurgeons to probe areas of the brain while the patient is awake. Feedback from the patient during these probes is useful for identifying important regions, such as those for speech, that are spared if possible.


10.1.17

10 Life Decisions You Will Regret Making

source: Johnny Webber

1. Dwelling on one person too much. 
People change and they always disappoint. Never put anyone on a pedestal.

2. Not taking better care of your teeth. 
A little bit of maintenance every day prevents a ton of maintenance down the road.

3. Not wearing sunscreen. 
You don’t want to look like a worn leather bag when you are older.

4. Drinking and driving. 
It’s a stupid and selfish decision that will cost you and others.

5. Not apologizing. 
Arguments happen, but don’t let them ruin lifelong friendships.

6. Charging that big purchase to your credit card. 
You tell yourself you can pay it off in three months, but then another purchase happens, and then another. Then your car suddenly has engine trouble. Suddenly, you are in so much debt you don’t know what to do.

7. Smoking that first cigarette. 
Once you start, you cannot stop until it is too late.

8. Not taking a chance. 
Ask that girl out. Apply for that job you think you are underqualified for.

9. Forcing a long distance relationship. 
You could be spending a lot of time waiting for someone who is ready to move on.

10. Rushing marriage. 
You’re young, everything is fun, and marriage seems like the next logical step. Take a step back and wait. Marriage will always be an option, and divorce is a process you don’t want to experience.

3.1.17

Brutal Truths That Will Make You a Better Person

source: tranquilmonkey

1. Nobody is actually too busy to respond to you.
That guy or girl isn’t too busy to answer your text. That employer isn’t too busy to answer your email. If you’re not hearing back from someone, it’s because they have deliberately chosen not to answer you. And the sooner you stop making excuses for the people who don’t make you a priority, the sooner you can move on to the people and situations that do.

2. Everyone has his or her own best interests at heart.
No matter how genuine, kindhearted or caring a particular person is, they’re always going to be more aware of their own needs than they are of yours. Even the most attentive lover may not realize they’re pushing your buttons if you never tell them they’re doing so. Even the most honest employer may not be aware that they’re working you into the ground if you just keep accepting more work.
Unfortunately, other people are going to be aware that they’re stretching your limits, but will nonetheless push you unless and until they encounter resistance. Most people are going to take as much from you as you let them get away with – which means it’s up to you to define and uphold your own boundaries. The most powerful people aren’t afraid to say ‘No,’ to what they don’t want to do – because they know that nobody’s going to stick up for them if they don’t stick up for themselves.

3. You are never going to please everybody.
If you actually listened to what every single person wanted from you, you’d end up a lifeless, shapeless, emotionless blob. And then someone would come along and tell you to be more interesting.
The truth is, it’s impossible to please everybody. There will always be someone who’s offended by the most traditional life path or bored by the most radical one. You’re going to be criticized no matter what you do, so you might as well do what you love. Because if there’s anyone whose judgment you should listen to, it’s your own.

4. The world owes you absolutely nothing.
You may be the coolest, kindest, smartest, most interesting person in the world, but if you’re not putting any of those traits to work, you’re entitled to absolutely nothing in exchange for possessing them.
Truly powerful people know that there are two basic choices: You can spend your entire life feeling sorry for yourself because you deserve more than you’re getting, or you can go out into the world and actually claim what’s yours. Guess which choice the more successful people tend to opt for?

5. The prize for arguing on behalf of your restrictions is getting to keep them.
You can spend your entire life loudly declaring to others that you don’t have the time, money, energy or resources to accomplish the things you actually want. And all of what you claim may be true – but the harsh truth is, every single person on the planet has at least one damn good excuse for not pursuing the life they want.
The difference between the people who get what they want out of life and those who don’t is that the people who get what they want ignore their excuses. They find a way around their limitations, instead of just bitching about them, and that is the very reason why they succeed.

6. Your actions define you, not your thoughts.
You can sit indoors all day conceptualizing a better world, but until you get out there and start implementing change, you’re not actually making a difference. Good intention is a wonderful thing but unless it’s coupled with action, it counts for nothing. At the end of the day, your character is determined by what you do, not by what you think about.

7. Nobody is coming to save you from your life.
We all want to believe that the person of our dreams, the job opportunity of a lifetime or the surprise that we never expected is waiting around the corner for us. When we’re unhappy with where we are, we irrationally hope that a drastic change in circumstance will come along and save us from our misery.
But the truth of the matter is, life doesn’t work that way. Nobody’s heading your way on a white horse and if you want to see change in your life, you have to create it from the ground up.

This is what the most powerful people know. When times get tough, the strongest people strap on their own armor, mount that white horse and come to their own rescue. Because they know that if anyone is going to save their day, it’s going to have to be them.