20 Eye-Opening Facts From The World Of Psychology.

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1. The average high school student has the same level of anxiety as the average psychiatric patient in the 1950s.

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2. A study from the University of Michigan Medical School has shown that the brain treats rejection the same way it treats physical pain.


3. Less than 10% of people say that they are not a perfectionist in any area of their life.


4. Auditory hallucinations change depending on cultural context. Patients in the US report voices that are violent and hateful, whereas patients in Africa have relatively positive experiences with their voices and report frequently hearing God.


5. New research shows that memories may be passed on genetically, meaning phobias may develop out of your ancestors' memories and experiences rather than your own.


6. A review of 80 scientific studies concluded that actively participating in a religious community and feeling religiously motivated in life reduces the risk of depression.

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7. Approximately 1 million Japanese youth, mostly men, are locking themselves in their bedrooms and refusing to come out for years in a social phenomenon called "hikikomori".


8. Over 20% of France's population have reported experiencing an extended period of depression, making France the most depressed country in the world.


9. Erotomania is a psychological disorder in which the person believes another person, usually higher status like a celebrity, is in love with them.


10. Some people are genetically predisposed to a pessimistic or negative attitude.

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11. A 2014 study revealed a correlation between Internet trolling and sadism, psychopathy, and Machiavellianism.

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12. Falling in love is biochemically indistinguishable from having severe obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).


13. There has never been a reported case of a congenitally blind person developing schizophrenia.

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14. The cells of people who are or were severely depressed appear biological older than people who have never experienced depression.


15. Favorite songs are favorites most likely because they're associated with an intense emotional event in your life.

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16. Cotard's Syndrome is a form of delusional psychosis in which patients think they are dead or decomposing.

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17. There are more than 400 distinct phobias recognized by psychologists.


18. Approximately 68% of people surveyed experience phantom phone vibrations - feeling their phone vibrating when it's not. One psychologist thinks the sensation is triggered by electrical activity.

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19. 5-20% of people who develop anorexia nervosa eventually die from it. Most of the damage done to the body centers around the heart, though it is a multisystem disease.

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20. Research shows that giving money to or spending money on others makes people happier than spending it on themselves.




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