10 Psychological Facts That Will Blow Your Mind

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The human mind and behavior are complex. Here is a list of some Psychology Facts that will blow your mind and amuse you.

1. Emotional Pain is Real

Our brain treats emotional pain like a physical pain, which is why heartbreak and rejection can be so painful. Emotional pain can reside in various parts of our body, in the chest, arm, back, that is generally the reason why we feel heavy in our chest or have chronic pain without a cause. The same centers of our brain light up when we experience physical pain as when someone breaks our heart. 

2. Listening to Music Makes You Feel Calm, Relaxed, and Happy

Faster music can make you feel more alert and concentrate better. Upbeat music can make you feel more optimistic and positive about life. A slower tempo can quiet your mind and relax your muscles, making you feel soothed while releasing the stress of the day. Music is effective for relaxation and stress management. Sounds of rain, thunder, and nature sounds may also be relaxing particularly when mixed with other music, such as light jazz, classical and easy listening music.

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3. When You Hold the Hand of a Loved One, You Feel Pain Less Keenly and Worry Less

Co-regulation is the process whereby one nervous system calms another, producing a feedback loop that is soothing for both. To understand co-regulation, think of how a mother calms a distressed infant through the use of gaze, touch, and a soothing voice. The child feels safe and secure even though he or she cannot understand the mother. These non-verbal safety cues are soothing for any nervous system, including adults Physical co-regulation like holding hands is foundational to the basic sense of safety in a relationship. 

4. People Who Speak Two Languages May Unconsciously Shift Their Personalities When They Switch From One Language to Another

Language cannot be separated from the cultural values of a particular language. You see yourself through the cultural values of the language you are speaking in. Our perceptions of our own personalities change because we notice how people react to us when we speak different languages. After all, identity is “your sense of self”, but also how you feel others are perceiving you and how that impacts how you can project who you are. When you learn a new language, you’re not just memorizing vocabulary and grammar rules—you also have a chance to tap into new parts of your identity.

5. Being Lonely for a Long Time is as Bad for Your Health as Smoking 15 Cigarettes a Day

Loneliness is as lethal as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Lonely people are 50% more likely to die prematurely than those with healthy social relationships. There are several reasons why loneliness can be deadly. Firstly, it reduces one’s immunity, which can increase one’s risk of disease. It also increases inflammation in the body, which can contribute to heart disease and other chronic health conditions.

6. Women Have Twice as Many Pain Receptors on Their Bodies Than Men

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Women have more nerve receptors, which causes them to feel pain more intensely than men, according to a report in the October issue of the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. According to the report on an average, women have 34 nerve fibers per square centimeter of facial skin. Men have an average of 17. However, women endure pain better. 

7. When You Remember a Past Event, You Are Actually Remembering the Last Time You Remembered It, Not the Event Itself

Every time you remember an event from the past, your brain networks change in ways that can alter the later recall of the event. Thus, the next time you remember it, you might recall not the original event but what you remembered the previous time.

8. Convincing Yourself That You Slept Well Tricks Your Brain Into Thinking That It Did

If you convince yourself that you slept well last night, even if you didn’t, you can trick your brain into thinking you aren’t tired. It’s called ‘placebo sleep,’ which improves cognitive function, and it makes you perform better than when you constantly complain about being tired all day.

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9. No One Born Blind Has Ever Developed Schizophrenia

No one born blind has ever been diagnosed with schizophrenia. One hypothesis is that being born blind leads to natural enhancements in areas of the brain that are usually malfunctioning in cases of schizophrenia – areas covering sound perception and attention, memory, and the use of language. Another theory might be that a person blind from birth learns to think in ways that are protective, or the brain learns to use that extra cortex in ways that are protective.

10. Closing Your Eyes Helps You Remember Things

Closing one’s eyes help people visualize the details of the event they are trying to remember. It could also help people focus on audio information.

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Ritika Matta
This is Ritika Matta, I’m a Counseling Psychologist and a writer. I am passionate about spreading mental health awareness and do the same through my work which is reflected in my blogs and articles.

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