20 Lesser Known Psychological Facts That Will Make You Re-think Your Life

Neuroscience says that psychology has just made up words, conditions, and treatments without connecting them to reality, (neurological understanding). And these words, conditions and treatments tend to shape our human interaction and psyche. Here are 20 interesting facts about human psychology:

1. When a group of people laugh, each member of the group will instinctively look at the person they feel closest to.

2. While negotiating with someone leave your hands and palms visible, this is the sign of trustworthiness.

3. If you ask someone a question and they only partially answer just wait and stay silent, they will usually continue talking

4. While telling a lie adding an embarrassing detail can make it more believable.

5. Nodding your head while talking or asking a question will make the other person more inclined to agree with you.

6. People remember unfinished things better. If a song stuck in your head than think about the last few lines and you will forget it faster. This is called Zeigarnik Effect.

7. Getting someone to do a favor for you makes them like you more.

8. Chewing gum can relieve stress. Chew one during an exam or while doing something stressful.

9. Keep an eye on people’s feet. When talking with someone you can figure out if they are interested in the conversation by looking at their feet. If it is aimed at you, they are listening, but if it is aiming elsewhere they rather want to leave the conversation.

10. If you meet someone for the first time and you have hard time by remembering names just say it multiple times. For example, in the first conversation say things like “Hello {name}”, “Nice to meet you {name}” or “Where are you from {name}”. Say it at least 3 times in the first minutes of the conversation and you won’t forget it.

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11. If you meet someone show excitement, this way the other person will be excited about the meeting too.

12. Smile and keep eye contact. While in conversation smile at the other person and keep eye contact more than 60% of the time.


13. Humans can’t multi-task – You think you can multi-task because you are proficient at switching back and forth quickly but you are fooling yourself. Specially don’t text and drive!

14. Humans can’t resist noticing food, sex or danger – Why does traffic always slow down when people are driving by an accident? Do you lament the fact that people are attracted by that which is gruesome, and yet you can’t resist looking over as you drive by?

15. Lost Something? – Roughly speaking, losing something makes you twice as miserable as gaining the same thing makes you happy.

16. Lookalike Couples – If two people live together for a long time, they start to look like each other. They grow to look alike partly because of nutrition – shared diets and eating habits – but much of the effect is the simple imitation of facial expressions. Couples who end up looking alike also tend to be happier!


17. Have friends with six pack abs – Obesity is contagious; you’re more likely to be overweight if you have a lot of overweight friends.

18. Eat alone (forever alone!) – On average, those who eat with one other person eat about 35 per cent more than they do when they are alone; members of a group of four eat about 75 per cent more; those in groups of seven or more eat 96 per cent more.

19. Don’t order by looking at the price! – High priced entrees on the menu boost revenue for the restaurant – even if no one buys them. Why? Because even though people generally won’t buy the most expensive dish on the menu, they will order the second most expensive dish.

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20. 99% of us don’t keep our television volume in odd numbers. Because Human psychology tends to make things symmetrical and even.

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