Psychological facts are fascinating. The human brain is the most complex and powerful structure in the known universe. They have altered the entire planet. Furthermore, we haven’t even scraped the surface with what we know about it.
“The human brain has 100 billion neurons, each neuron connected to 10,000 other neurons. Sitting on your shoulders is the most complicated object in the known universe.”
— Physicist Michio Kaku
The world is captivated by the mystery of the mind. In fact, the Nation Science Foundation states that it’s the most popular college major compared to other sciences.
Almost half of American adults had the courage to see a therapist in their life. Therefore, people are focusing more on how their mind works and ways to improve it.
So, I scoured the internet and found the following intriguing facts about the mind.
Here the most captivating psychological facts out there:
- The brain makes up just 2% of the body, yet it uses 20% of the energy and oxygen.
- People feel two times worse when they lose someone or something significant compared to how good it felt to get them.
- If you repeat a lie to some people and the truth to others, it can make you believe the false story and not the true one.
- The brain can physically transform itself to create pathways and connections as you learn new things.
- Your subconscious never sleeps and is running 95% of your life.
- If you think about your thinking, it’s a sign that you’re smart.
7 . People can only remember 3 or 4 things at once.
Your subconscious mind remembers every single thing that has ever happened in your life. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to access it.
When people think about an object, it’s always from above and slanted.
If you tell yourself you slept well, your brain will believe it.
Too much stress destroys job performance.
People read longer lines of text faster, but they prefer shorter lines.
Being around optimistic people makes you happier.
Comedians tend to be more depressed than most people. According to famous neurologist, Sigmund Freud, humor is one of the greatest defense mechanisms of the psyche, capable of transforming anxiety into pleasure.
You reconstruct your memories each time you remember things.
You can recall things better if you close your eyes.
The presence of other people causes your behavior to change.
People overestimate how much people notice or think about them.
Our intuitive mind can sense danger before it happens.
We have up to 70,000 thoughts every day. Many of them are negative and repetitive.
People will believe things they know aren’t true.
The negativity bias causes people to focus on the one bad thing that happened as opposed to the many positive moments.
Some people enjoy making others angry at them.
Herd mentality makes people follow the group’s beliefs, even if they know the group is wrong.
You can die from a broken heart, also known as Stress Cardiomyopathy.
Your favorite song is cherished because of a memory you associate with it.
The more you lie, the less you believe in the truth.
We don’t just use 10% of our brain, otherwise it’d be extremely rare to have brain injuries. Brain scans show activity throughout the brain.
According to brain scans, anticipating an event is more stimulating than the actual event.
Schizophrenia has never been diagnosed in anyone who was born blind.
People are more stressed during ages 18-33.
It’s a psychological fact that the brain can’t physically feel pain. Headaches are actually from the nerves and muscles surrounding the head and neck.
You instantly second-guess yourself when others don’t agree with you.
When you “get” a joke, it’s your brain having a mini-enlightenment.
People who stay up late at night usually have much higher intelligence than average. They use this time to work on their projects. Also, the higher their IQ, the longer they’ll stay awake. Despite this, they catch up on sleep later and tend to be healthy and have long lives.
Your personality has a distinct smell.
The sperm whale has the largest brain in the world at 20 pounds. But, brain size doesn’t matter when it comes to intelligence, it’s more about the folds of the brain.
The human brain weighs about 3 pounds and is 73% water.
Hugging for 20 seconds causes the body to release oxytocin which builds love and trust.
Interacting with a dog releases oxytocin for you and the pup.
Neurons travel at an impressive 150 miles per hour.
Albert Einstein’s brain weighed 1,230 grams, which is smaller than average.
Intelligent people think quicker than average, so their handwriting tends to be more sloppy.
We stay emotionally entangled with the music we listened to as teens for life.
If your brain was a computer, it could hold 2.5 million gigabytes of information.
Just like other cells in the body, brain cells die, but throughout life we always regenerate new ones.
Don’t worry about buying things you don’t need. Instead, spend your money on experiences that you can remember and enjoy them for a lifetime.
Stress levels decline considerably after age 50.
People search for information that confirms their existing beliefs and ignore anything that contradicts them. This is also known as the confirmation bias.
Genius and mental disorders are often bundled together.
People who daydream are more creative.
This one is rare and pretty wild, “Alien Hand Syndrome” causes people to think someone else has control of their hand. Sometimes, the hand will try to injure the person it’s attached to.
In short, psychological facts are useful to know and overall mind-blowing. Now you know a little more about why we all act the way we do.
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