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.
Some of them, I look at and chuckle. I don’t put a lot of merit in fly-by psychology. It’s called “theory” for a reason. I still remember being taught in school that dinosaurs were “old and slow.” It was science and I dared not ask why something that has live longer than humans could do so if they didn’t have something going for them. And my SIL was told by her doctor in the 1950’s to start smoking because it was good for women. She stopped smoking about 10 years ago, and it wasn’t easy.
I often wonder what “science” we believe in now that people will laugh at in 50 years. 🙂
That’s an interesting take on the post.
I understand your skepticism, particularly these days when fake news and facts are rampant, especially on the internet. The facts I mentioned in this post aren’t from fly-by psychology; most of them I learned during my degree studies and then saw confirmed many times during my work as a counsellor.
Have a good one. 🙂
You’re a very talented person.
Oh my gosh, as I’m reading the list, I’m nodding yes. How true these are! Thank you for enlightening us!
Thanks Bren and thanks for dropping by. Have an great Christmas and New Years 🎄