Life Hack | 20 Psychological Findings

Psych2go features various psychological findings and myths. In the future, psych2go attempts to include sources to posts for the purpose of generating discussions and commentaries. This will give readers a chance to critically examine psychology. Here are 20 of our favorite psychological findings that can give you a new perspective and understanding of your mind.

1.  The opposite of Deja Vu is ‘Jamais Vu.’ Jamais Vu is not remembering something you always see.

2.  Being with the right person should allow you to be more yourself.

3. Closing your eyes help you remember things. 

4. Understanding sarcasm is the sign of a healthy brain.

5. Talking to yourself can improve task performance.

6. Some people are afraid of allowing themselves to be too happy because they think there is a negative, often tragic, event that will happen as a tradeoff. This is known as cherophobia. 

7. Love can also exert the same stress on your body as does deep fear. The physiological responses are remarkably similar- pupil dilation, sweaty palms, and increased heart rate. 

8. At least 20 minutes outside in good weather has been shown to boost positive mood, broaden thinking, and improve working memory. 

9. The reasons we procrastinate are due to either fear, uncertainty, and/or having a perfectionist attitude. 

10. People who follow their guts are more likely to make the right decisions and are happier. 

11. Listening to music reduces the experience of pain. 

12. Playing video games can sharpen a person’s decision-making skills, as well as improve focus and boost creativity. 

13. The desire too sleep a lot may reveal feelings of loneliness, anxiousness, and or depression. 

14. Self-fulfilling prophecy:  the tendency to engage in behaviors that elicit results which will (consciously or subconsciously) confirm our beliefs. 

15. We tend to fall for those who are honest and upfront about their wants than those who hesitate. 

16. People typically lean towards people they like, and away from people they dislike. This is especially true when sitting around a table. 

17.  Athazagoraphobia: The fear of being forgotten and or ignored by someone whom you strongly care about. 

18. Being able to think about how we think is a sign of higher intelligence. 

19. Dreams often reveal feelings that we’ve hidden or repressed, because dreams are a reflection of our unconscious mind or emotional truth. 

20. If you have difficulties remembering words or names, you could be suffering from a disorder known as Anomic Aphasia.