The way you look at the world around you is colored by the sum of all the experiences that you have gone through all your life. Your perception of the world around you changes with each experience, big or seemingly insignificant.
Here are 20 amazing psychology facts that will influence your way of looking at the people around you and also help you to better interact with them.
1. 66 days to a habit
Habit is an acquired behavior pattern regularly followed until it becomes almost involuntary. It takes a certain time for an old mental image to dissolve and a new one to insert. 66 days to be precise. It is not a magic figure. Neither is it a rigid one. If you cannot master a given habit in 66 days, there is no reason to give it up. And giving up a bad habit might take you longer but, in the end, you would definitely have improved. Getting to 66 days starts from day one.
2. Open up your mind
Close your eyes to the world around you and watch your mind open up. Shutting out the distractions of the outside world allows you to concentrate on the particular subject in hand.
3. Butterflies in the stomach
The gut reflects what the brain experiences. And it has a long-distance ongoing communication with the brain and the results are can be felt. The way we think and feel is linked to the brain and the gut. Anxiety and depression affect the functioning of the gastrointestinal system and it also acts the other way around.
4. Love the person, not their rosy picture
Accept a person for what they are and not for what you would perceive them as. We demand a certain kind of performance from people close to us and it has to correlate with the image in our mind. People operate from their own subconscious agenda, good or bad. People are human and expecting them to adhere to beliefs is unfair. If you can live with that, fine, otherwise move on. Acceptance is the only way to find inner peace.
5. Revisit your dreams
Your dreams are mostly a jumble of incoherent pictures and they rarely make sense. And the only way to get any clarity is to write them down. It serves as a link to your true self and increases your awareness. When you take note of your unconsciousness, you become more aware of your surroundings and gradually learn to control your dreams.
6. A whiff of nostalgia
How many times have we noticed that a whiff of a familiar smell can take you back years? It can bring on a flood of memories and influence your mood. Everything we smell gets linked to an event, a moment or a person. Revisiting that smell can trigger that memory and the mood. The Proustian madeleine, indeed?
7. Capacity to analyze
We are capable of complex thinking compared to animals. And every time we analyze our thoughts, we make progress as an intelligent species.
8. Three in one
We are an amalgam of three characters. And each one reveals itself. The person we project ourselves as and show to the world, the person we are, and the person who we think we are.
9. Recollecting dreams
Dreamers have more dreams and also remember them. No dream would ever be a reality without a dreamer and to realize a dream, we need to remember it.
10. Hold that little hand
It is the hand that always remains extended for the child. The support he derived from his immediate family and friends. And this group remains by his side whenever he needs them.
11. The calm arguer
It is easier to score a point in an argument if you remain calm and composed. It makes it easier to recollect your thought and unnerves your opponent.
12. Be grateful and you will be happy
Give a person his due and that in turn will make you happier. At every turn in life, you have been blessed by angels and if nothing else, you ought to be grateful for that. And that, in turn, will only increase your happiness.
13. The Bi-linguist
People who speak at least 2 languages are less likely to have early onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The higher the proficiency, the longer you can keep the diseases at bay.
14. Love and lunacy
Poets have, for centuries, described love as a kind of madness and the medical profession also endorses this view. People in love endure depression, emotional roller coaster rides between pleasure and pain, ecstasy and disappointment, rapture and grief. It’s insane.
15. Freshen your mind with a break
Short breaks can boost your ability to be productive, creative and innovative. Take 10 minutes of break after about 30-50 of intense learning.
16. Bond with a song
The experience of singing together makes people closer and more connected. Music helps us connect with and care for one another.
17. Write your exam blues away
Students can combat test anxiety and improve their scores by writing about their worries just before an exam. It unloads their anxieties and frees up the brain.
18. Sleep and depression
Sleep restores the body. Any disruption or inadequacy of sleep can cause increased tension, irritability and ultimately can lead to depression.
Our subconscious conveys important issues through dreams and the most common categories are the feeling of falling from a height, being pursued, lost or trapped in a certain situation or position, being late or not arriving at a certain event, and death and suffering of a close person.
20. Bathroom and responses
The need to go to the bathroom elicits some quick response from us which again is not necessarily the right one.