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10 Psychological Studies That Will Change What You Think You Know About Yourself

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  1. The Scarlet Pimp

    The Scarlet Pimp Senior Member

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    10 Psychological Studies That Will Change What You Think You Know About Yourself
    And Others!

    Why do we do the things we do? Despite our best attempts to "know thyself," the truth is that we often know astonishingly little about our own minds, and even less about the way others think.

    As Charles Dickens once put it, "A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other."

    Psychologists have long sought insights into how we perceive the world and what motivates our behavior, and they've made enormous strides in lifting that veil of mystery.

    Aside from providing fodder for stimulating cocktail-party conversations, some of the most famous psychological experiments of the past century reveal universal and often surprising truths about human nature.

    Here are 10 classic psychological studies that may change the way you understand yourself.

    1. We all have some capacity for evil.
    2. We don't notice what's right in front of us.
    3. Delaying gratification is hard -- but we're more successful when we do.
    4. We can experience deeply conflicting moral impulses.
    5. We're easily corrupted by power.
    6. We seek out loyalty to social groups and are easily drawn to intergroup conflict.
    7. We only need one thing to be happy.
    8. We thrive when we have strong self-esteem and social status.
    9. We constantly try to justify our experiences so that they make sense to us.
    0. We buy into stereotypes in a big way.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/18/20-psychological-studies-_n_4098779.html
     
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    imlol Regular Member

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    There's another about telling someone your idea or your plan. The other person says "great idea", "good luck", etc. Their response provides satisfaction to you and you don't complete your idea or plan since you've already been satisfied.

    I think the example used was dieting. When someone says they're going on a diet or on a diet. Peoples responses satisfy them and they never do the diet.
     
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    silentthunder Power Member

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    Superb, outstanding post!! What are your references? (Nevermind. I see them.)
    Some is familiar. Most is new to me. If I could, I'd rep the shit out of you! :pirate:
    Says a lot about all of us that we have a tendency to not see what is in front of us.
     
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    silentthunder Power Member

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    I agree. It's said when u make big plans tell no one, except possibly one person who you're pretty sure thinks like you and thinks like you in regards to your goals and dreams. Otherwise, the negativity and criticism of others can psychologically sabotage you. Talking a lot (or posting a lot) about what you're going to do lessens your chances of actually doing it. The subconcious mind supposedly doesn't know the difference between a lie and the truth.

    The danger here is that usually those closest to you (parents, friends, teachers, girlfriend) are exactly the person you shouldn't tell. Not always, but usually. They may even ridicule you or try to change your mind, "for you own good".

    References:

    Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
    When Bad Things Happen to Good People by Harold Kushner