10 Surprising Psychological Effects

Some of them may shock you!

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Here are some psychological effects that portray today’s humanity which may be very surprising at first but at a second glance if you think about it we all may be affected by some of the psychological effects mentioned below.

1. The effect of underappreciation

In a study conducted in 1939, several orphans of different ages were divided into two groups and were given different types of therapy and care. Each group contained both healthy children and children with speech problems. The first group received only encouragement, while the second group was underappreciated. Not only did those with difficulties keep their speech problems, but others also developed disorders that they did not have before. This shows that negativity not only does not help, but it can change someone into evil.

2. Bystander Effect

If a group of people witnesses an incident, it does not necessarily mean that they intend to help and wait for someone else to take the first step. This was evidenced by the death of Kitty Genovese, who was killed in a street in New York while 38 neighbours listened to her screams for half an hour. None of them called the police.

3. The Truth box

In a psychological study done at Newcastle University in the United Kingdom, it was found that people tend to be more honest when they feel they are being looked at, even by a photo. In the restroom, there was the “Truth Box”. When someone was drinking coffee, they had to pay a certain amount, but it was all based on trust. In some weeks there were pictures of flowers near the box, in other weeks there was a picture with a pair of eyes. During the weeks with the look near the box, the amount collected was three times higher than normal.

4. The laughter circuit

Studies show that when people are insecure, they do what they see to others. That’s the reason why the laugh circuit works. “It’s funny? It must be if everyone is laughing! ”

5. Superiority of eyes

In a discrimination exercise, blue-eyed students from a high school class were separated from those with black-brown eyes. They were told that those with brown eyes are better than those with blue eyes. It only took a day for the brown-eyed students (even the shyest ones) to behave better than the others, and some of the blue-eyed ones became so insecure that they forgot the skills they had the day before.

6. Depression effect

Depression does not only affect the mind, but also the body. A study suggests that severe depression “ages” the cells and predisposes them to diseases specific to old age or different types of cancer.

7. Hallucination voices differ from culture to culture

The hallucinating voices, like those heard by schizophrenics, seem to differ from one culture to another. In the United States, voices tend to be scary and threatening, while in India and Africa, they are innocent and playful.

8. The phenomenon of psychological exhaustion

After 3pm, ethical behaviour disappears! One study found that people are more than 50% likely to lie to work between 3pm and 6pm. It is a phenomenon according to which people have exhausted their ability to resist moral temptations in the morning and which is known as “Psychological Exhaustion”.

9. No difference between love and OCD patients

According to the theory of a group of chemists at the University of Pisa, Nobel prize winners, there is no difference between people who are in love and those who suffer from OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder). The chemists studied 20 people who fell in love in the last 6 months, 20 severe cases of OCD and 20 normal patients. The results showed that the biochemical features of the patients, who said they were in love or suffering from OCD, were identical with each other, but not with those of normal patients.

10. Indifference towards homeless people

A study by researchers at Duke University and Princeton University may explain why it is so easy for us to get past street people. MRI studies show that people who look at other people activate a network in the brain associated with social knowledge — thoughts, feelings, empathy, etc. When we look at people who consider themselves inferior (street people or drug users), that part of the brain doesn’t work. In other words, we do not perceive them as human beings. But the most frightening part is that other things that put that part of the brain into operation are animals and machines.

Andrei Tapalaga ✒️

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Avid Writer with invaluable knowledge in Business Studies, History and Psychology. “You make your own life” atapalaga97@gmail.com /University of Surrey

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