Home » Psychological phenomena » Page 2Gender stereotypes are pervasive, yes but where do they come from? The knee-jerk answer that people give to this question is ‘Society’. As you’ll figure out in the article, there’s more to the story. Sam and Elena were siblings. Sam was 7 and his sister Elena was 5. They … Read more Gender stereotypes: Where do they come from?
Home » Psychological phenomena » Page 2You decide to learn a skill, say programming, and buy the best book you know about it. After finishing the book and doing some exercises, you feel like you’ve mastered programming. Say your ability to program has reached from level 0 to level 3. You feel like a pro … Read more The Dunning Kruger effect (explained)
Home » Psychological phenomena » Page 2The Ben Franklin effect is named after Benjamin Franklin who once said: Benjamin Franklin was an 18th-century American statesman, scientist, inventor, musician, and author. You probably got introduced to him at a very young age when you read that nursery rhyme, “Early to bed”. Once, a person lambasted him publicly … Read more The Ben Franklin effect: From enemies to friends
Home » Psychological phenomena » Page 2The first thing to note when it comes to the psychology of social media sharing is that the way people behave on social media is not that far removed from how they behave in reality. Just as what people say and do in real life tells us who they … Read more The psychology of social media sharing
Home » Psychological phenomena » Page 2This article will explore the dynamics involved in unstable relationships using key concepts such as mate value. Take a look at the following scenarios: Saba’s six-month relationship with her boyfriend had always been tumultuous. She complained that her boyfriend Akhil was way too needy, insecure, and unconfident. Akhil’s complaint was … Read more The psychology behind unstable relationships
Home » Psychological phenomena » Page 2To understand why justice is important, we first need to understand the evolution of the tendency in humans to form cooperative coalitions. This is because it’s this phenomenon only that gives rise to contexts in which we seek justice and revenge. So why do we form cooperative coalitions at … Read more Why justice is important for humans
Home » Psychological phenomena » Page 2Once I was solving a math problem while preparing for an exam. Although the concept was clear to me and I knew what formulae I had to use when I finished the problem I got the answer wrong. I was surprised because I’d solved almost a dozen other similar … Read more Why do we make silly mistakes in math?
Home » Psychological phenomena » Page 2Why do people believe conspiracy in theories that sound stupid to others but not to the conspiracy theorists themselves? Conspiracy theorists such as: Shapeshifting reptilians are ruling our world, the earth is flat, and the moon is an abandoned spaceship. Aliens tripping on marijuana (which cures everything) draw crop … Read more Why people believe conspiracy theories (5 reasons)
Home » Psychological phenomena » Page 2In this article, we’ll discuss the deja vu experience and try to figure out what causes deja vu. Deja vu is a French phrase meaning “already seen”. It’s a feeling of familiarity that you get when you’re in a new situation despite knowing that you’re experiencing the situation for … Read more What causes deja vu (Psychology behind deja vu)
Home » Psychological phenomena » Page 2Superstitious beliefs are everywhere. From the chain messages that ask you to ‘forward this to 10 people and something good will happen in the next 24 hours’ to your uncle who thinks that his favourite sports team didn’t win because he wasn’t wearing his ‘lucky’ hat, superstitious behaviour may well be … Read more Why do people have superstitious beliefs