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Astounding Facts About Mental Behavior

Mass Self-Delusion


80 - 90 % of people believe they're above-average drivers. Mathematically, this is impossible. A huge segment of humanity is locked into self-deceit. In many situations like this, rational objectivity is subverted by irrational bias.
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Handling money makes you stronger. Not just feel stronger -- but stronger. Recent studies support this fact. Dollars were the instigators. Do higher-denominations boost this effect? Next time you challenge an opponent to arm-wrestling, stuff a secret wad of cash in your other fist.

        

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Red-pen users make more corrections than blue-pen users. Teachers, take note. If you're prone to be critical, use a blue pen to correct papers in order to balance your judgement. If you're an easy-going sort, wield a red pen instead.



Shaking your head up and down (for example, while watching a bouncing ball) will make you more agreeable. Your unconscious "nodding" motion triggers a "yes" response in your conscious brain. Motor cortex, meet frontal cortex. United Nations, take heed: during your next session, display a large screen with a giant bouncing ball on it to all the assembled, in uniform repetition, to help foster World Peace.


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Gesturing and doodling help thinking. Gestures in particular help others to better understand us. During problem-solving and specific communication, gestures often conflict with, and trump, our rational conscious thought, pointing us to the correct (intuitive) solution.




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