9 Psychological Facts We Didn’t Know About Ourselves

9 Psychological Facts We Didn’t Know About Ourselves



How to Understand People Better. We all do certain casual things every day, but it’s hard to explain why. When we looked at what the scientists have to say about it, we found out that there is a simple explanation for every unspoken rule. Let’s see how our basic habits can be explained.

TIMESTAMPS
We turn the volume down or off when driving in unfamiliar locations. 0:30
We gesticulate while talking. 1:17
We park our car near another car in a practically deserted parking lot. 2:04
Men don’t use neighboring urinals. 3:18
We don’t take the last piece of pizza or the last doughnut. 4:11
Men prefer not to ask for directions. 5:01
We hold doors open for people. 5:45
We buy neither the most expensive nor the cheapest things. 6:29
We place our feet toward a person we are interested in. 7:24

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We gesticulate while talking. 1:17
If our hands are not engaged in some activity during a conversation, we usually start to gesticulate. Professor Andrew Bass from Cornell University revealed that our instinct to gesticulate during conversations is part of our evolution. Scientists discovered how the neural networks in the brain that help us gesticulate and speak developed, and they found that the social signals that birds and mammals (including humans) use come from the hindbrain of fish. That’s why coupling speech and gestures has an evolutionary origin.

We park our car near another car in a practically deserted parking lot. 2:04
This behavior is explained by the fact that humans are social beings. We spend 70%—80% of our waking hours engaged in some form of communication. We often follow the crowd, and that’s why we automatically park our car near the only other car in the parking lot.

Men prefer not to ask for directions. 5:01
According to a TrekAce survey, only 6% of the 1,000 men interviewed said that they would ask the way from a stranger if they were lost. Mark Goulston M.D. tried to explain the reasons for this. In his opinion, men don’t ask for help when they are lost because they don’t want to feel incompetent, vulnerable, or humiliated. Asking for help basically means admitting that you failed. Most men don’t like admitting that.

We buy neither the most expensive nor the cheapest things. 6:29
We try to spend our money rationally, which is why we usually choose products with a price and quality that match well. That’s why we mostly prefer to buy neither the most expensive nor the cheapest items. Even though we find this behavior reasonable, it’s worth noting that marketers are also aware of it. According to Liraz Margalit Ph.D., a customer experience psychologist, they have a range of techniques that work because emotions and impulses influence a customer’s choices. To sell similar products, marketers may intentionally place the most expensive product next to a cheaper version.

SUMMARY
-In the moments when we focus our attention on listening, we are less aware of the visual information our brain gets.
-Our instinct to gesticulate during conversations is part of our evolution.
-As social beings, we prefer to use things that have already been tested by the majority.
-There is a special structure in our brain that defines the limits of our personal space. The majority of people wouldn’t want to use the toilet under the wandering glance of someone else’s eyes.
-People in a large group don’t take the last piece of pizza, the last doughnut, or the last piece of gum in a pack because they don’t feel that they have this right.
-Men don’t ask for help when they are lost because they don’t want to feel incompetent, vulnerable, or humiliated.
-We hold doors for others to minimize the collective efforts spent, meaning that the person for whom you held the door didn’t have to spend their energy.
-We try to spend our money rationally, which is why we usually choose products with a price and quality that match well.
-If your date’s feet aren’t turned toward you but their torso is, it means that the person is not interested in the conversation.

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