The study of the human brain, or why we are, the way we are, has been going on for decades. Each day we come across new and more intriguing facts and yet there’s so much we do not know about. Knowing these unknown psychological facts can change your behaviors and outlook on life as well as reading the minds of the people.
Here are the 7 psychological facts you might have never known before but they will surely blow your mind.
- HAVING PLAN B CAN SABOTAGES PLAN A:
People having a plan b are less likely to succeed in their plan A. According to an experiment performed on students at the University of Pennsylvania, those volunteers who had a backup plan did worse than those who didn’t. having options can decrease motivation to outperform.
- BEGINNINGS AND ENDS ARE EASIER TO REMEMBER THAN THE MIDDLE:
When we are asked to recollect the items on a list or recall any event, we tend to remember the beginning and the end most clearly while the middle remains vague. It is known as the serial-position effect.
- FOOD TASTES BETTER WHEN SOMEONE ELSE MAKES IT:
Spending an entire day on cooking a dish and eventually not wanting to eat it because it just doesn’t excite you anymore, sounds familiar? Yes. We all have experienced it.
Therefore, if you’re excited to eat a certain food, let someone else make it for you or visit a nearby restaurant.
- PREFERING BAD NEWS OVER UNCERTAINITY:
“We need to talk” is probably one of the scariest phrases coming from your parents, love partner, or boss.
You’d see people panicking and going crazy thinking about all the bad things it could be about. So instead of choosing uncertainty, one chooses to remain anxious and fearful.
- DOING THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT YOU’RE TOLD
The most undesirable things on this earth are “opinions” and the most desirable are the things which are “forbidden”. This sums up the “Reactance theory”
Most people, commonly teenagers, believe that their freedom is being threatened when they are advised or instructed, they tend to get more rebellious and begin doing things in regressive manner just to restore their freedom.
- WE END UP BELIEVING WHAT WE WANT TO BELIEVE:
Also known as confirmation bias, this phenomenon makes people interpret facts, according to their subconscious beliefs.
That’s why people with a certain political view choose a particular news outlet for instance: a PTI supporter would stick to ARY News while a PMLN supporter would prefer GEO News.
- MEMORIES ARE OFTEN NOT REAL BUT FABRICATED:
Memories are more like pieced-together pictures rather than an actual snapshots. There is a common phenomenon known as “false memories” where people recall events differently from what actually happened.
Our brains automatically fill in the blanks left by our forgetfulness and make up a story of their own.
These psychological facts show that our brains could be doing a million things with us and we are unaware of it and these findings fascinate us every day.