14 Amazing Psychology Facts You Need To Know
1. If you reveal your goals to others, you are less likely to make them happen because you lose motivation.
That’s right, save the celebrating until it’s been achieved. Tests have shown that once intended goals are announced, people are less likely to follow through with them as motivation is lost. This is believed to happen because announcing your goals satisfies your self-identity just enough to prevent you performing the hard work needed to achieve those goals.
(Although we don’t want to argue with science. Anyone who has ever quit smoking may be able to tell you that once you have told people that you’ve quit smoking, the shame of starting again and confessing you failed is the hardest part. Just saying.)
2. Music affects the way you perceive the world.
A study conducted at the University of Groningen revealed that music has a dramatic effect on perception. The research focused especially on the ability of people to “see” happy faces and sad faces when different music songs were playing. Listening to particularly happy or sad music has been linked with the way we perceive the world.
3. Most of us have a favorite song because we associate it with an emotional event in their lives.
4. You’ll be happier spending your money on experiences rather than possessions.
Research has suggested that people often sacrifice things that make them happy such as going on holiday or attending certain events, in order to afford possessions (such as property)
5. Spending money on others provides more happiness than spending it on yourself.
Studies conducted by Harvard Business School has shown that people are actually happier when they give money to others. Of course, this should be an obvious one as we often anticipate how people will react when they receive our gifts at Christmas, more so than what gifts we may receive. (When you’re older anyway)
6. While money can buy happiness to an extent, research shows that after £50,000 per year, extra income does very little to boost happiness.
7. Kids are more highly strung today, with high school students showing the same level of anxiety as the average psychiatric patient in the 1950’s.
There is mounting proof that the human race is becoming more anxious every decade and there are many speculative reasons for that. For instance, people move about more, have less interaction with their communities, change jobs, are less likely to get married and more likely to live alone.
8. Certain religious practices like prayer and attending services is associated with lower psychological distress levels.
9. By surrounding yourself with happy people, you’ll become happier too.
New research published in the Psychoneuroendocrinology journal shows that stress and happiness are both contagious, and being around groups of either type has a direct influence on us.
10. People between the ages of 18 and 33 are the most stressed throughout the world. After the age of 33 stress levels usually reduce.
11. Fooling yourself into thinking you’ve slept well, even if you haven’t, still improves performance.
A recent study published by the Journal of Experimental Psychology revelaed that when patients were told they had above average sleep (when they hadn’t), they performed better on a given test. They coined it “placebo sleep.”
12. Studies show that intelligent people are more likely to underestimate themselves, where as ignorant people are more likely to believe they’re brilliant.
This is otherwise known as the Dunning Kruger Effect, where some unskilled people believe they are superior and rank their own abilities as much higher than the accurate truth. On the flip side, some highly skilled people often underestimate their competence, believeing that what is easy for them, is also easy for others.
13. By remember a past event, you’re actually remembering the last time you remembered it rather than the event itself.
Every time we have a memory, we change it slightly. Recent research conducted by Northwestern Medicine has revealed that recalling memories often makes them less accurate over time.
14. Decisions become more rational if they are thought in a foreign language.
A study conducted by the University of Chicago on American and Korean citizens has shown that thinking in a foreign language reduces deep seated and misleading biases.