Category: behavior

People have a cognitive bias where they over-estimate how noticeable their embarrassing behavior is to others. This is called “The spotlight effect”. 

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If you feel guilty a lot, you’re probably good at reading people’s emotions. Feeling guilt has long been linked with empathy, and studies show guilt-prone people have an enhanced capacity for seeing another person’s perspective and are therefore better able to analyze facial expressions. Shame, however, despite being closely-related emotion, can have the opposite effect: people who often feel ashamed tend to have lower empathy levels, because the focus of shame is much more self-centered.

By the time they turn 5, kids have already developed a sense of self- esteem as strong as an adult’s. Because self-image plays a critical role in how children form social identities, this suggests that a child’s first 5 years are an extremely important foundation for life.

Owls make almost no noise when flying, even when tested in a room with multiple microphones.

A Yale study suggests that sad, lonely introverts are natural born social psychologists. It found that introverts who are prone to melancholy are exceptionally good at accurately assessing truths about human social behavior, without formal training or tools.

Children of 4 to 5 years old naturally tend to skip more often because it is more efficient and less fatiguing than walking or running for their bodies.

Caffeine makes you more open-minded to viewpoints that contradict your own.

Pointing became considered rude because originally it was thought that you were casting a spell on the other person.

Women speak about 20,000 words a day. 13,000 more than the average man.

Anxiety can make you clean more obsessively. Studies show that in times of stress or uncertainty people sometimes turn to repetitive behaviors, like cleaning or nail biting, because it creates a sense of control. –source