There are many things in the world that we still have no idea about —that’s especially true when it comes to the human psyche. For example, did you know that it’s better to buy new shoes when in a bad mood? We have collected 11 paradoxes just like this one that may surprise you.
We reveal some interesting facts about the human brain and psyche, explaining how mood affects purchases and other decisions we make every day. By the end of this article you may see things a little differently.
11. It’s better to make important decisions in a bad mood.
It turns out that when we’re happy, we make decisions based on intuition and inner premonition, but when we’re sad, we tend to use more logic and analytic thinking. That is why we often commit criminal acts in a state of euphoria, and don’t realize the craziness of it until after the fact. Researchers note that in general, decisions taken at moments of sadness are better in the long run.
10. We like imperfect people more.
Suppose you see a beautiful man or woman that looks so perfect they may as well have a halo hanging over their head—when suddenly, they fall clumsily into a puddle of dirt. Instead of becoming deterred by them, you’ll actually be drawn to them and more likely to fall in love with them.
In psychology, this phenomenon is known as the Pratfall Effect, in which a person lets an imperfection of someone or their surroundings affect their feelings toward them. However, this only happens in cases of a person already having some amount of sympathy for the other person. As it turns out, our desire to be perfect is actually a waste of effort since a little bit of imperfection doesn’t seem to make a difference.
9. Synchronous actions make us closer.
If you want to strengthen relationships with colleagues or family members, engage in singing, sports, or other activities that involve synchronized performance. Scientists have discovered that such activities cause positive emotions (even if you don’t enjoy the action itself) and remove psychological barriers, resulting in the group members becoming closer to each other.