Category: psychology

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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Studies have suggested that losses are, psychologically, twice as powerful as gains. So winning $100 feels as good to us as losing $50 feels bad.

Studies have suggested that losses are, psychologically, twice as powerful as gains. So winning $100 feels as good to us as losing $50 feels bad.

When people self-injure, e.g., cut themselves with razors, the brain immediately stops repeating painful thoughts, such as, “I am worthless and unlovable”, and releases a flood of soothing endorphins. 

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.

Students who write notes longhand remember more and have a deeper understanding of the material than those take notes with a laptop.

In psychology, “flow” is the state of being fully absorbed in an activity, to the point of losing self-consciousness and sense of time.

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Looking at an aquarium for 10 minutes delivers “significant health benefits” such as improving people’s mood, reduced heart rates and blood pressure.

Living in an area where you can see the ocean has been found to reduce psychological stress, even after controlling for factors such as income and neighborhood status.

A psychological study found that people who are generally “too nice” are also the ones to get hurt the most.