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    I Learned These Fascinating Psychology Facts And Now I Feel Like A Mindfreak Genius

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    Psychological studies can reveal facts about human thoughts and behavior that are pretty mind-blowing.

    Did you know, for example, that working at a messy desk can inspire people to be more creative and form new concepts?

    Or that research has shown closing your eyes can help you recall things that may have slipped your mind?

    Here are 20 more fascinating psych facts that will cause you to shift your perspective once you read them.

    1. Researchers have narrowed down the human personality to five basic traits.

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    2. A 2019 study suggested that psychopathic men tend to receive a higher rating of attractiveness from women.

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    3. Controlling our dreams is possible, and people can learn techniques to encourage having more dreams in which this may happen.

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    4. Falling in love consists of three distinct stages.

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    5. Yawns are contagious — regardless of the yawner's position.

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    6. About 95% of our purchasing choices are made subconsciously.

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    7. Researchers have helped identify a trait that most people find attractive in potential partners.

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    8. Backup plans may not be all that beneficial in the grand scheme of things.

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    9. Sarcasm can generate creative ideas.

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    10. The average IQ of a serial killer isn't what you might think it is.

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    11. Our personalities are pretty much set for life by the time we turn five, according to psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud.

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    12. When you're surrounded by other people, it's less likely you'll step in when witnessing someone being victimized.

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    13. Taking strategic breaks can boost your level of productivity.

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    14. Both color and lighting influence our behavior.

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    15. Sweets might make you sweeter!

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    16. False memories are a real thing, and they're actually extremely common.

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    17. Want to get someone to like you? Ask them for a favor.

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    18. Conspiracy theories are more likely to be believed by those who feel like they don't belong.

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    19. What you wear influences how you feel, think, and perform tasks.

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    20. And lastly, your thoughts really do shape your reality.

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    Which psychology facts interest you most? Let us know in the comments section below!