Psychology research shows that people love to hate do-gooders (especially at work). Highly co-operative and generous people can attract hatred and social punishment, especially in competitive circumstances. news.uoguelph.ca/2018/07/…
Psychology research demonstrates the psychological benefits of working less. Working fewer hours was associated with improved psychological and health benefits. It also helps with productivity. neurosciencenews.com/psyc…
The Meyers-Briggs personality test was developed by a mother and daughter team, neither of whom had any formal psychology education. They studied agriculture and political science respectively. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kat…
Economics academics with last names that start earlier in the alphabet are more likely to receive tenure and awards. There is no such effect among psychology researchers, who don't list their names alphabetically on papers researchgate.net/publicat…
While studying psychology at the University of Washington, convicted serial killer Bundy used to volunteer at Seattle's Suicide Hotline Crisis Center. womenshealthmag.com/healt…
Dr. Phil lost his license to practise psychology in 2006. Therefore, all guests on his TV show must sign a contract stating they are only there to receive "advice" from an individual, not a psychologist. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phi…
The PBS Idea Channel made a web documentary on YouTube Poops and the psychology behind them youtu.be/IFFPguIXI6o
Charles Henry Turner proved that insects can think. This research laid the foundation for the field of comparative psychology. psychology.okstate.edu/mu…
Joyce Brothers, a pioneer of "pop psychology", first got the opportunity to have her own psychological columms by becoming famous through winning the top prize on the game show The $64,000 Question. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/195…
Members of BTS are into analytical psychology and have actually released two albums based on Carl Jung's Map of the Soul, exploring the psychological concepts of Persona, Shadow and Ego. Map of the Soul: Persona and Map of the Soul: 7 bbc.com/news/entertainmen…
According to a study published in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, unattractive people receive 175–305 percent longer sentences than attractive people. journals.sagepub.com/doi/…
In psychology "cognitive dissonance" requires distress from the incompatible ideas. The distress, if it results from incompatible ideas, is what's theorized to cause one to resolve the contradiction, if one is not distressed they are unlikely to be motivated to reduce the cognitive dissonance en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cog…
A psychology study of more than 4,000 millionaires found that people with more wealth are indeed happier with life. They also found that people who earned their wealth were happier than those who inherited it. journals.sagepub.com/doi/…
Lillian Gilbreth, the real mother from Cheaper by the Dozen, was also one of the first women to earn a PhD in engineering, pioneered the field of industrial psychology, and invented the pedal trashcan. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lil…
Psychology researchers found that pressure to feel upbeat can make you feel downbeat. Embracing your darker moods can make you feel better in the long-run. news.berkeley.edu/2017/08…
In the 1940s, the USSR had a program designed to study the excrement of foreign leaders. It was believed that traces of various compounds in feces could give insights into each leader's psychology. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
King Frederick II used reverse psychology on his peasants who refused to eat potatoes because they tasted horrible. To stop the food famine he sent his guards to guard fields of potatoes and the peasants started stealing them and growing their own. changingminds.org/blog/15…
In psychology and behavioral economics, the endowment effect is the finding that people are more likely to retain an object they own than acquire that same object when they do not own it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/End…
Street dogs in Russia use trains to commute between various locations, obey traffic lights, and avoid defecating in high traffic areas. The leader of a pack is the most intelligent (not strongest) and the packs intuit human psychology in many ways (e.g. deploying cutest dogs to beg). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Str…
The psychology of color plays a massive role in the soft drink industry’s beverage color selection visualcontent.space/brand…
After Ted Bundy was convicted, Bundy helped police catch another notorious serial killer Gary Ridgway, known as the Green River Killer. The Express reports Bundy offered to help the FBI and gave his opinions on the β€œkiller’s psychology and motivation”. timeslive.co.za/sunday-ti…
A military psychology tactic in late WW2 was to attach whistles onto bombs. As the bombs fell, they made the terrifying decrescendo whistling sound we think of today. The same sound is often dubbed over every type of bomb in movies and cartoons, despite only being used on a few specific bombs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stu…
Today I learned of "the Truman Show Delusion" a term used in psychology to describe patients who believe they are part of a staged reality. Psychiatrist reported on one patient who had traveled to New York after 9/11 to ensure the event really happened and wasn't just a plot twist in his show. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
In social psychology, pluralistic ignorance is a situation in which a majority of group members privately reject a norm, but go along with it because they assume, incorrectly, that most others accept it. "No one believes, but everyone thinks that everyone believes" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plu…
An Emeritus Professor of Psychology taught his Border Collie to identify and retrieve 1022 toys by name en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Selective exposure is a theory within the practice of psychology, often used in media and communication research, that historically refers to individuals' tendency to favor information which reinforces their pre-existing views while avoiding contradictory information. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sel…
Today I learned of James Gordon Wolcott who, at age 15, sniffed airplane glue, then shot and killed his parents and sister. He was found not guilty by reason of insanity. Today he is a psychology professor at Millikin University. nbcnews.com/news/us-news/…
James Gordon Wolcott killed his family with a .22 long-barrel in 1967. Found not guilty by reason of insanity, he was later released and is now a psychology professor and chair of the Behavioral Sciences department at Millikin University, going by the name James St. James. austinist.com/2013/08/02/…
Frontiers in Psychology journal confirmed that those with hypermobile joints (double jointed) are more likely to suffer from anxiety. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
In social psychology, the boomerang effect refers to the unintended consequences of an attempt to persuade resulting in the adoption of an opposing position instead. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boo…
In 19th- and early 20th-century medicine and psychology, an "idiot" was a person with a very profound intellectual disability en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Idi…
In psychology there is a principle called β€œcontrast” (if you left a heavy item first then a light item second, the second item will feel lighter than actually it is). That’s why online businesses show you the expensive items first so the less expensive items seem cheap and affordable to you. tactics.convertize.com/de…
Flying monkeys is a term used in popular psychology mainly in the context of narcissistic abuse. They are people who act on behalf of a narcissist to a 3rd party, usually for an abusive purpose (eg smear campaign).The phrase has also been used to refer to people who act on behalf of a psychopath en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fly…
Yakov Smirnoff (Soviet-Born Comedian famous for the phrase 'America: What a country!') went on to complete master's degree and a doctorate in psychology eventually teaching courses at the collegiate level en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yak…
Josh Waitzkin (chess prodigy from Searching for Bobby Fischer) also became a world champion at Tai Chi, has written a book on the psychology of learning, and has a black belt in Jiu Jitsu joshwaitzkin.com/josh
Dr. John B. Watson who performed the Baby Albert experiment is the founder of modern behavioral psychology as well as modern advertising hcs.harvard.edu/brain/fea…
'Moron', 'Idiot', and 'Imbecile' were once valid Psychology terms for people with low IQ. When these terms entered vernacular usage as insults, they were disused in favor of 'Mental Retardation' which in turn was disused in favor of 'Intellectual Disability'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mor…
Comedian Yakov Smirnoff holds a PhD in psychology and global leadership businesswire.com/news/hom…
"maledictology" is a branch of psychology that does research into cursing and swearing. Research assumes that swearing is part of human life and can even act as a passive self-defense, since it prevents palpable argument en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mal…
Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, has casually studied subatomic physics, cosmology, biology and psychology throughout his life and frequently encourages harmony between science and Buddhism dalailama.com/messages/bu…
The current backlash against ADHD medication like Ritalin and Adderall was started as a plot by the Church of Scientology to discredit the field of psychology latimes.com/local/la-scie…
Dr Phil hasn't had a license to practice psychology professionally for 9 years, and considers himself "retired from psychology." today.com/id/22901694
A psychology professor taught his sheepdog to recognize more than 1000 different toys by name. The dog could even infer names by discerning which toy it did not recognize. youtube.com/watch?v=omaHv…
Flying Monkeys is a phrase in popular psychology used to refer to people who act on behalf of a psychopath. It is based on the Wizard of Oz. The wicked witch sent them to carry out her attacks en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fly…
Scientists replicated 100 Psychology studies, and fewer than half got the same results smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
In developmental psychology, there are more studies of non-humans primates than of Africans, Asians or Latin Americans uni-muenster.de/imperia/m…
Soviet psychology once classified "the struggle for truth and justice" as a symptom of paranoid, delusional schizophrenia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slu…
270 scientists re-ran 100 studies published in the top psychology journals in 2008. Only half the studies could be replicated successfully. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
A bank robber covered his face with lemon juice because he believed it would make his face invisible to surveillance cameras. This led to a Cornell psychology study that showed unskilled people mistakenly assess their abilities to be much higher than they really are. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dun…
That Positivity Psychology ratios of 3 compliments to 1 negativity leading to a fuller and better life, has been debunked mathematically as the ratios and equations for the research came from a 1965 paper on fluid mechanics. getpocket.com/explore/ite…

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