In a housing experiment that moved families from poor neighborhoods to wealthier ones, boys experienced PTSD rates comparable to those of combat soldiers, while psychological well-being improved for girls.
Most of Sigmund Freud’s theories have been completely discredited to the point that almost no institution in any discipline would dare use him as a credible source.
Psychologists examined Internet trolls and found that they are narcissistic, psychopathic, and sadistic.
Lack of play for kids results in mental health problems. So all work and no play really does make Jack a dull boy.
There is a cognitive bias called the IKEA effect, in which people “place a disproportionally high value on products they partially created.”
Timothy Leary, upon his arrival at prison in 1971, was given a battery of psychological tests designed to aid in placing inmates in jobs that were best suited to them. Leary himself had designed a few of them and used that knowledge to get a gardening assignment. He escaped shortly after.
A series of experiments by psychologists at the University of California Berkeley and the University of Toronto showed that upper class people are less charitable and more likely to cheat.
A lost wallet is more likely to be returned if you have a photo of a baby in it. In a 2009 study, 88% of wallets with a baby photo were returned, followed by wallets with a photo of a puppy (53%), family (48%) and an old couple (28%). Only 15% of control wallets were returned.
Mirrors are placed near elevators as a psychological trick to make wait seem more tolerable. People like to look at themselves.
Most American adults will never develop past stages 4-6 on Loevinger’s 9-stage developmental scale. Below the seventh stage, most can’t even grasp the existence stages of development beyond their own. Less than 1% of the population will ever reach the 9th, or “Integrated” stage.