Dear readers, it seems that you like hearing about the little-known facts, oddities and sometimes weird things that make us tick. So once again, I am here to enlighten you with some new points.
Psych 101; Stuff We Do That You Probably Didn’t Know:
- Mildly to moderately depressed people have a more accurate view of life and the world than non-depressed people.
- Pathological liars don’t have empathy or think ahead about the consequences of their lying. They automatically lie – always.
- Although we think we can, we’re actually terrible at telling when people are lying.
- The more defensive you become about an issue usually means that the topic has triggered stress, a painful memory for you, or other inner conflicts, even if it’s subconsciously. This phenomenon is where the saying, thou doth protest too much.
- People routinely choose and vote for the first person on the voter’s ballot.
- We make most of our decisions unconsciously, despite thinking otherwise.
- There is no such thing as multi-tasking. Our brains cannot do more than one task at a time.
- All people are inherently lazy and will do the least possible to conserve energy.
- Our minds wander 30% of the time, even when we are trying to concentrate. This mind-wandering is what makes learning mindfulness or meditation so difficult.
- Our most vivid and easily accessible memories are often incorrect!
There you have it, the latest in psych 101’s weird and wonderful facts. Fascinating stuff, isn’t it. I think so. People never cease to interest me, and I love learning about all of us and how we interact with each other every day.
Have a good one.