Things you didn’t know about yourself: Some mind blowing interesting psychological facts!
How well do you know yourself? You may know your favorite food, what type of clothes you like, your favorite holiday destination, your body weight, and even how you react in certain situations. But is that all? Do you know how your mind works? Do you know how your mind influences your mood, behavior and actions?
Lucky for us, with the help of psychology, scientists have discovered several interesting psychological facts that will enable you to understand yourself a whole lot better.
Psychology is the study of the human mind & behavior and includes various aspects of the human experience. These psychological facts are not only shocking and interesting, they are also highly fascinating and fun to learn.
25 Interesting psychological facts you didn’t know about yourself
If you want to know yourself better, then you’ve come to the right place. These fun psychological facts will help to make your life smoother and enable you to get better in everything in your life, from your career, relationships to self development.
Here are some interesting psychological facts and hacks that are common to everyone that will teach you about yourself. Probably, you didn’t know about these before.
Let’s learn some fun and shocking psychological facts!
1. Human needs drive us
As humans, all of us are motivated to strive hard and move forward by 6 fundamental human needs: love, growth, significance, contribution, certainty and uncertainty. These human needs are invisible forces which drive our thoughts, emotions, behavior and actions.
2. Stress is infectious
Stress can be highly contagious. Research by the Max Planck Institute for Cognitive and Brain Sciences and the Technische Universität Dresden revealed that we can feel stressed by being around someone who is stressed. This is why you need to be careful about who you spend your time with.
Do you think stressed you’re out? Here are 6 signs you’re under excessive stress
3. Size of information matters
We want to know and learn different things but only a little bit at a time. It is easier for us to process and remember bite-sized chunks of information. We can easily remember 3-4 pieces of material at any given time and anything more than that will be lost. However, if the size of information is smaller than that, then we will crave for more.
4. Rejection is painful
Our mind experiences rejection as actual pain. A recent research by the University of Michigan Medical School has found that our brain uses the same methods to cope with social rejection as it does to cope with physical pain.
5. Loss is more powerful than gain
Psychologically, we feel twice as bad when we lose something valuable to us, emotionally or financially, than how happy we felt when we gained it.
6. Sarcasm keeps you smart
If you respond to foolishness and a lack of common sense with sarcasm, then it indicates that you have a smart and healthy brain.
7. Vibes matter, words don’t
When you meet someone, whether new or old, they will remember how you made them feel more than what you told them. Instead of focusing on what you said or didn’t, you should focus on the vibe and rapport you share with a person.
8. Don’t make your goals public
Announcing your goals to others makes you less likely to achieve them due to loss of motivation. Contrary to popular belief, sharing your goals on social media or otherwise, satisfies your identity and prevents you from pursuing your goals, studies confirmed. A study by Peter Gollwitzer, professor of psychology in the Psychology Department at New York University, found publicly announcing goals makes us less accountable and lose motivation to achieve them.
Having trouble staying focused on your goals? Here’s how to develop the right mindset to achieve your goals.
9. Night owls are risk takers
If you prefer to stay up, then it indicates that you’re a risk-taker. Studies have found that night owls tend to take more risks in career, relationships and life than early birds. A new study published in the journal Evolutionary Psychology found women who stay up late are more prone to take as many risks as men.
10. Your favorite song is contextual
One of the most interesting psychological facts is that we all have a specific favorite song(s) because we relate the song(s) with a specific event(s) that have occurred in our lives. Studies have found our favorite music is exceptionally context-dependent and highly subject to quick change.
11. Multitasking is an illusion
Despite what you may think, you cannot multitask. It is a fact that your mind can only focus on one task at a time. Although there are few exceptions to physical activities like walking. Studies have revealed that only 2.5% of individuals can effectively multitask while the rest of us falsely believe we can do multiple complex tasks simultaneously.
12. Music affects perception
Here’s another one related to music. The type of music you listen to not only affects your mood, but it also influences and even changes your perception of the world, according to a study from the University of Groningen.
Want to know how music affects your mind? Check out the psychological effects of music.
13. Spending on others equals happiness
Spending money on yourself, buying new clothes, eating your favorite food and indulging in your favorite things may make you happy. But spending money on others can give you even more happiness. Research has found that giving and spending money on others, whether your loved ones or doing charity, promotes happiness. Moreover, authors Michael Norton and Elizabeth Dunn also reveal quantitative and qualitative research on how spending money in a particular way can make us happy in their book ‘Happy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending’.
Would you rather save than spend on others? Then read Can Saving Money Make You Happier?
14. Love is like OCD
Biochemically, romantic love is almost indistinguishable from severe obsessive-compulsive disorder. This was confirmed by a study titled ‘Alteration of the platelet serotonin transporter in romantic love’ published in Psychological Medicine conducted by Donatella Marazziti from the University of Pisa and University of California San Diego.
15. Spending on experiences makes us happier
This is perhaps one of the most interesting psychological facts about yourself. If you believe that buying new things can make you happy, then you’re wrong. Studies have found that the secret to happiness is spending your hard-earned money on experiences rather than on material possessions. A new study from San Francisco State University revealed that individuals who invested money on experiences instead of material items felt more satisfied and happier.