Like us, have you ever wondered why you do what you do, or why you feel the way you do? If yes, then you may find the psychology behind the way we behave, treat others, and express ourselves, pretty appealing.
Even though every mind is ‘unique’ but at some level, we all function similarly. We have compiled a list of these most interesting psychology facts that may help you understand yourself and others better. In this post, you will find some unheard, mind-boggling psychological facts on goals, success, brain, music, sleep, dreams, money, happiness, intelligence, and much more.
PSYCHOLOGY FACTS ABOUT HAPPINESS & HUMANS
Some of us are actually afraid of being too happy because of the fear that something tragic might happen next.
People who try to keep everyone happy often end up feeling the loneliest.
The more money you spend on others, the happier you feel.
Being with positive and happy people makes you happier.
Feeling ignored causes the same chemical effect as that of an injury
Good morning and good night text messages activate the part of the brain responsible for happiness.
People who spend more time in the sun are likely to be happier.
PSYCHOLOGY FACTS ABOUT LOVE, RELATIONSHIPS & HUMANS
It’s been psychologically proven that it only takes 4 minutes to fall in love.
The longer you hide your feelings for someone, the harder you fall for that person.
When you’re single, all you see are happy couples and when you’re not, you find happy singles.
Pretending not to care is the habit of someone who generally cares the most.
The more you talk about someone, the more are you likely to fall in love with that person.
People who swear a lot tend to be more loyal, upfront and honest with friends.
People look more attractive when they speak about the things they are really interested in.
When you hold the hand of a loved one, you feel less pain less and you worry less.
Being alone for a long time is as bad for your health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.
We are wired in a way that we always try to return a favor.
Yawning is more contagious among people who are emotionally close.
Our hearts have nothing to do with the feeling of ‘being in love’. Love is only a chemical reaction of the brain.
PSYCHOLOGY FACTS ABOUT GOALS & HUMANS
If you announce your goal to others, you are less likely to succeed. Studies confirm you lose motivation.
If we have plan B, our plan A is less likely to work. With options, our motivation to succeed the first time drops.
PSYCHOLOGY FACTS ABOUT HUMAN BRAINS
“Negativity bias”: Your brain makes you remember bad news more than good. It takes five positive things to outweigh one negative thing.
Beginnings and ends are easier to remember than middles.
Our brain will always, always, always find a problem. Have you ever wondered why when one problem resolves, another one takes its place? It’s not that the world that is against you – it’s your brain.
Our brain treats rejection like a physical pain.
The cells in your body react to everything your mind says. So negativity brings down your immune system and you feel sick.
There is a gene that can cause you to be negative most of the time.
Food tastes better when someone else makes it.
When a rule seems too strict, you want to break it even more.
90% of people text things they can’t say in person.
PSYCHOLOGY FACTS ABOUT MUSIC & HUMANS
You love the music you listened to in school the most. Our brains bind us to the music we heard as teenagers more tightly than anything we’ll hear as adults.
The type of music you listen to affect the way how you perceive the world.
Singing reduces feelings of depression and anxiety.
Listening to high-frequency music makes you feel calm, relaxed, and happy.
Around 80% of people use music as an escape from all the negative things in life.
PSYCHOLOGY FACTS ABOUT SLEEP, DREAMS & HUMANS
The very last person on your mind before you fall asleep is either the reason for your happiness or your pain.
If you can’t stop your stream of thoughts at night, get up and write them down. This will set your mind at ease so you can sleep.
The happier we are, the less sleep we require.
People who oversleep tend to crave for more sleep.
70% of your dreams contain secret messages. They carry more weight and meaning than your conscious thoughts.
PSYCHOLOGY FACTS ABOUT MONEY
Money can buy happiness only to an extent. After certain amount, increased income income does little to boost happiness. While 2010 study said that amount was $75,000, but a 2018 survey said it is $105,000. Even though the amount may vary but the point is the same: Constantly aiming for more, more, more won’t necessarily do you any good.
Money spent on experiences will always hold greater value to you.
PSYCHOLOGY FACTS ABOUT INTELLIGENT PEOPLE
Smarter people underestimate themselves. Ignorant people think they’re brilliant.
You automatically second-guess yourself when other people disagree.
You (unintentionally) believe what you want to believe.
You remember things better if you’ve been tested on them. You are more likely to store information in your long-term memory if you’ve been tested on it.
The smarter the person is, the faster he thinks, and the sloppier his handwriting is.
Too many options or choices can become paralyzing and hence, distract you from taking decisions.
PSYCHOLOGY FACTS ABOUT FRIENDSHIP
Any friendship that was born in the period between 16 and 28 years of age is more likely to be robust and long lasting.
Intelligent people tend to have fewer friends than the average person. The smarter the person is, the more selective they become.
Marrying your best friend eliminates the risk of divorce by over 70%, and this marriage is more likely to last a lifetime.
PSYCHOLOGY FACTS ABOUT EMOTIONS, STRESS, MOODS & MORE
People who have a strong sense of guilt are better at understanding other people’s thoughts and feelings.
Chocolate and shopping are more addictive than LSD and steroids.
People with low self-esteem are more likely to criticize others.
Your emotions don’t affect the way you communicate. In fact, the opposite is true: the way you communicate influences your mood.
The way you dress is linked with your mood. So dressing well most often helps in keeping you more stable and happy.
Fear can feel good, if you’re not really in danger. That’s why you love horror movies or haunted house adventure. Even though we feel scared, your brain recognizes that you’re not in danger & gets a natural high.
Power makes people care less about others.
Comedians and funny people are more depressed than others.
The average high school kid today shows the same level of anxiety as the average psychiatric patient in 1950s.
People between the ages of 18 & 33 are the most stressed in the world. After the age of 33, stress levels tend to reduce.
PSYCHOLOGY FACTS ABOUT MEN & WOMEN
Men are not funnier than women: they just make more jokes, not caring whether other people like their humor or not.
Women have twice as many pain receptors on their bodies than men, but they have a much higher pain tolerance.
Women who have mostly male friends stay in a good mood more often.
Women with higher IQs have a harder time in finding a mate.
Women generally prefer men with deep husky voices because they seem more confident and less aggressive.
Hope you would have enjoyed these facts as much as we did, and learnt something new about your own self and people around you.