Reverse psychology is based on an emotional phenomenon called “reactance” that describes what in practice is that negative emotion that the mind generates when someone tries to convince us of something. Continue reading →
There’s a small story that clearly explains how your comfort zone works. “In a Japanese village the main source of income was fishing. In every morning all men would woke up and start their fishing adventure, while their wives would take the fish and set on the road to neighboring villages. Since the main activity in the village was fishing , the source of income was selling fish in neighboring villages. One day, they went as usual on the road full of dangers such as wild animals, robbers, and after they walked a long way they decided to stop in a clearing to spend the night there . It was an amazing meadow with singing birds and a very nice smell of cherrys. The women were lying to sleep , but noticed that they can’t fall asleep. Nobody understood why, until one of them said that they all should sleep with their baskets of fish near their heads. Continue reading →
Maybe youoften hearthe phrase “passive-aggressive behavior,” but youhad no ideawhat it means. Verbal violence couldbe the firstfeature thatyou can thinkinsuch cases.If it’s a passive and aggressive behaviorat the same time, probably it won’t get to episodes ofphysical violence, right? Suchlogicisacceptable, but it is not the case for this type of behavior. Inreality, those who havepassive-aggressivebehaviorusuallyare responsible formany Continue reading →
A classic finding in social psychology, the Halo Effect is the idea that our overall impression of a person can be based on one trait about them. For example, if someone has a likeable personality, people might find that person’s other qualities more appealing. In a recent experiment, a man made two videos for a dating website. In the first video, he read the script in an upbeat manner, whereas in the second, he read the same script in a more melancholy fashion. The first video was given to a one group of girls and the second was given to another group, who watched the video in a separate room. The girls who watched the upbeat video found the man to be likeable, while the girls who watched the second video found the man to be unpleasant, even though he had read the exact same script. Thus demonstrating the importance of tone in the perception of overall attractiveness and modeling the Halo Effect in action.