20 Interesting Psychology Facts You Should Know

Lukas Schwekendiek
2 min readNov 17, 2023
Photo by Pawel Czerwinski on Unsplash
  1. Turning down the car radio when looking where you are actually makes sense. Your mind cannot focus on two things at the same time.
  2. If you announce your goals to others, you’re less likely to succeed. In fact, studies show you lose motivation.
  3. Chocolate releases the same happiness-increasing neurotransmitters as being in love does.
  4. You can remember 7 +/- 2 facts at a time. This includes numbers but can be increased if you “chunk” the information.
  5. The type of music you listen to affects the way you perceive the world.
  6. Your mind cannot create faces. Meaning everybody you dream of you have met at some point in your life, even if only in passing by.
  7. You cannot multitask.
  8. Our actions toward others impact others’ beliefs about ourselves, which causes others’ to act a certain way towards us, reinforcing our beliefs about ourselves, which then influence our actions toward others. This is known as the “Pygmalion Effect” or, more commonly “The Self-Fulfilling Prophecy.”
  9. You are more creative when you are tired.
  10. Being with positive, happy people keeps you happier.
  11. Feeling ignored causes the same chemical effect as that of an injury.
  12. Sarcasm makes you smarter and more creative.
  13. Also, people who can identify sarcasm well tend to be able to read other people more easily.
  14. People who can delay their gratification are more likely to succeed in life.
  15. Kids are more stressed now than the average psych ward patient in 1950.
  16. Your brain takes up 2% of your body mass but about 20% of the energy, water and oxygen intake.
  17. The longer you hide your feelings for someone the harder you fall for that person.
  18. No one born blind has ever developed schizophrenia.
  19. Money only increases your happiness up to $75,000 a year. After that it becomes a matter of if you have more than your neighbor.
  20. People who oversleep tend to crave more sleep.

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Lukas Schwekendiek

Life Coach, Speaker, Writer. Published on TIME, Inc & Huffington Post.