The most successful interrogator of WWII preferred friendliness to torture. He would take prisoners to the zoo and even arranged for one prisoner to enjoy a flight in a German fighter plane.
A Hungarian psychologist wrote a book on how to raise a genius. He proposed his ideas to a teacher. They married and raised three chess grandmasters, two of them became record-breakers and one even became the first female to beat the top ranked male.
The reason Tetris is so addictive is because of deep-seated psychological drive to tidy up.
Two psychologists, to study self-deception, created a provocative questionnaire with the assumption that a response of “no” to any of the questions would be a lie. Some of these questions include: “Have you ever wanted to rape or be raped by someone” “Have you ever enjoyed your bowel movements”.
Humans usually imitate the speech of someone with a strong accent due to empathy and to create a bond and assimilate with them.
Showing people facts that contradict their beliefs actually reinforces those beliefs.
Many people have experienced “cryptomnesia”, which is what happens when you think you’ve come up with something original, such as an idea or a joke, but it was actually something you’d seen before and forgotten about.
Dr. Phil does not have an active license to practice psychology, and the California Board of Psychology determined that he does not require one because his show involves “entertainment” rather than psychology.
There was an experiment where three schizophrenic men who believed they were Christ were all put in one place to sort it out.
There is a dissociative phenomenon called derealization that causes the external world to feel unreal or dreamlike. 74% of the population have experienced it.