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14 "SHOCKING" PSYCHOLOGICAL FACTS

By Vivek Mandal

January 16, 2023

1. People are more likely to conform to the opinions of a group than to hold their own beliefs.

2. Our memory is not as reliable as we think it is and can easily be influenced by outside factors.

3. People tend to overestimate their own abilities and intelligence.

4. The "bystander effect" demonstrates that the presence of others can inhibit individuals from taking action in an emergency situation.

5. Social rejection activates the same pain receptors in the brain as physical pain.

6. Our brains process negative experiences more deeply and thoroughly than positive ones.

7. People are more likely to believe information that confirms their existing beliefs and biases.

8. The "halo effect" can cause people to perceive attractive individuals as more intelligent, kind, and successful.

9. The "Dunning-Kruger effect" is a cognitive bias where people with low ability at a task overestimate their ability.

10. People tend to conform to the behaviors and attitudes of those around them, a phenomenon known as "social influence."

11. People are more likely to trust and cooperate with others who they perceive to be similar to themselves.

12. Our emotions can have a powerful effect on our ability to make rational decisions.

13. People have a natural inclination towards optimism, often overestimating the likelihood of positive events and underestimating the likelihood of negative ones.

14. People often have a tendency to procrastinate or delay taking action, even when they know it is in their best interest.