Human Psychology

The human brain is an interesting and powerful organ, but it is a process that we are still studying to understand why it does what it does. Both the awareness and the unconscious mind have a significant impact on our actions, but most of us only have a minimal understanding of how they function. 

Unless it’s ourselves, we blame the actions of an individual on their temperament.

Has anyone ever cut you off at a roundabout or intersection, and made you mad, just for you to go in just 10 minutes later to do the same thing to someone else?

We always think we’re going to respond to a future event in a certain manner, only for the event to take place, and we’re going to find that’s handled very differently than we’ve expected. We place hope in a single occurrence’s ability to change everything, but we often find that changing how we feel at all doesn’t do much.

Generally, our strongest memories are right.

We feel like memories of “burn” traumatic events in our minds to stay there forever (known as “Flashbulb Memories”). Studies have shown that the more inaccurate the memory is, the stronger the emotional state you were during that event.

Only for 10 minutes, can we maintain a high concentration level.

Do you think you can focus more than 10 minutes on a task? Studies show otherwise. For average, after 10 minutes, a person’s concentration period ends, then the mind starts wandering.

We spend about 30% of our daydreaming on average (although some people do more). The downside of this is that experts point out that people who are more likely to daydream are better at solving challenges and are more imaginative.

Multitask is not possible for humans!

You might hear people pretending to be professional multitaskers, and in some job requirements, you likely even saw that, but humans cannot multitask. Yes, while you’re busy, you can listen to music, but your mind can only perform one task at a time. Which means either you’re going to do research and forget the music or listen to the music and neglect the work. There are simply two things people can’t think of at once.

Most of the decisions you make are made subconsciously.

Should you think of all the decisions you make, consider all the alternatives, and quantify every outcome’s impact? You may think you’re, but you’re right. Most of your decisions are made in your subconscious because otherwise, information would overwhelm your conscious mind and you are likely to be mentally frozen. That’s because the mind absorbs more than 11 million bits of information per second, and there’s not enough “brain power” to go through it all.

Only once in their short-term memory, the average human can hold an average of 7 bits of information. Many pieces of relevant data may consist of each of the 7 bits of information. Recalling a phone number is the best example–it can be between 9 and 14 digits long anywhere, and we divide it into sections like country code, area code, and a series of numbers which we split (usually in 3-4 digit groups).

We think it’s easier to influence other people than us.

We can see more plainly the influence of marketing on others than its effects on ourselves. This is defined as the Influence of the Third Person. They can see how an ad impacts our colleagues but ignores its impact on ourselves, and it gets worse when it’s an ad we’re not interested in for something. You still haven’t noticed this, but all the commercials you see every day have an unconscious influence on your mood, your expectations, and even your mindset.

When you’re asleep, the brain doesn’t stop working.

As you sleep, the brain is just as active as when you’re awake. Scientists have found that when you rest, the only time the brain filters away toxins and waste. It is also assumed that your mind can work out all the information from the day before and create new memories during the sleep cycles.

You get more creative when you’re tired.

When you want to do something artistic, such as composing a short story or designing an outfit, after a long and stressful day, you’d be better off doing it. This is because researchers have found that when their minds do not work as well, people become more innovative. This is one of the main reasons why people often get great ideas after a hard day’s work while taking a shower.

The brain feels the physical pain of rejection.

At some point in their lives, everyone feels the great pain of rejection, but did you know that rejection triggers not only emotional pain but also actual physical harm? Even if you can’t feel the physical pain, scientists have found that after being rejected and feeling physical pain, the impulses and cascading events that occur in the brain are almost similar. What’s more, in both cases, the same natural chemical is also released.

Relationships are as important as diet and exercise for your health.

Studies at the Chapel Hill University of North Carolina recently found that the quality and size of a person’s social ties directly affect certain types of health behaviors, such as diabetes and abdominal obesity, at various points in their lives. Similarly, studies also show that being considerably lonely can reduce your life expectancy significantly.

It is more likely that smart people think they are not smart.

A phenomenon known as the Dunning Kruger Effect shows that not only do clever people tend to underestimate themselves much more than the average person, but that ignorant people prefer to overestimate themselves. Your decisions are made more logical by speaking in a foreign language.

A series of experiments led by University of Chicago’s Boaz Keysar showed that speaking in a foreign language reduced the intrusion of deceptive and deep-seated stereotypes believed to distort the interpretation of benefits and disadvantages.

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