A person’s mind is as full of surprises as the depths of the ocean. Scientists constantly study the brain and learn more about new patterns of behavior.

And the number of surprises is growing! For example, did you know that the smarter a person is, the fewer friends they have? Well, we don’t. Now you can easily identify a genius among your friends.

We love psychology and today we want to share with you the most fascinating facts about this science. And everything is designed to make you feel better and help you overcome life’s obstacles more easily.

Facts About the Human Psyche

8. People With A Very High IQ Don’t Have Many Friends

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A long time ago when our distant ancestors were engaged in hunting and gathering, friendship was essential to the survival of the tribe, as it was easier to hunt a mammoth together. People still make friends, but not for its benefits.

However, a recent study showed that people with high IQs don’t need many friends. This is because their brain is preoccupied with solving really serious problems and they perceive communication as a waste of time.

But that is no reason to be satisfied with this situation. The study showed that friendship positively influences not only the psychological state but also the state of health.

So sometimes it is better to stay away from books and talk to interesting people.

7. Depression Changes Color Perception

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People with depression often say, “Life has lost its colors.” This is not just a vivid expression, it is a real medical fact.

During a bout of depression, the retina becomes less sensitive to contrasting colors and patients distinguish colors poorly.

It also works the other way around: if you are surrounded by gray and pale colors, you are more prone to depression and melancholy.

6. Knowing A Foreign Language Helps You Make Decisions

To make better decisions, you don’t need to be cold-blooded: you just have to think in a foreign language. Scientists believe that people often act emotionally when making crucial decisions.

However, if you analyze the situation in a foreign language, the rational part of your brain will be involved, so your approach will be more balanced and will not include excessive risks.

5. Young People Suffer From Depression More Often

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Research shows that the unhappiest people in the world are those under 30. Men and women between the ages of 18 and 30 are more prone to anxiety and stress.

And who said that youth is the most carefree time in life? Millennials sure don’t think so.

4. Tiredness Can Increase Your Creativity

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If you want to have a creative idea, you better get tired. Creative thoughts often come to exhausted people because their brains function less efficiently – it doesn’t reject ideas that may seem crazy at first and to which you would normally say “no”.

A crazy idea can become the start of a great project. That’s why we often come up with good ideas in the shower after a long day at work.

If you are a morning person, your creative process can start at night and if you sleep late, inspiration can come to you in the morning.

3. 80% Of All Conversations Are Gossip

The major part of any conversation is gossip, and that factor doesn’t depend on gender – men tend to gossip as much as women.

The scientists got shocking statistics: 80% of our conversations are just gossip and information sharing about friends and colleagues.

However, gossip is not so bad: it is an important form of communication. Help people maintain social connections. By the way, chimpanzees also love to gossip about their relatives.

2. 20 Seconds Is Enough To Build Trust

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To establish trust, you need to hug a person for about 20 seconds. Of course, only after obtaining consent. This happens due to oxytocin, a hormone that is released when we feel safe (even when we are with our loved ones) that calms and relaxes us. So there’s one more reason to hug during long winter evenings!

1. 80% Of Your Thoughts Are Negative

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Every day, on average, 12,000 to 60,000 thoughts come to mind. Our brains are more powerful than any computer. But take a look at what we think: 80% of our thoughts are negative.

And most of those negative thoughts are repeated every day. That’s why all the silly thoughts that come to your head every day are absolutely normal: they happen to everyone.

What fact surprised you the most? Share your opinion with us in the comments!

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