Psychological knowledge in life

1.flywheel effect

Most people should have had this experience: after a vacation, returning to work always feels extremely difficult, anxious and clueless, which is the “wheel effect”.The flywheel effect means that in order to make a stationary flywheel rotate, you have to put a lot of effort at first. Push it repeatedly, and every turn is very laborious, but every effort will not be wasted. The flywheel will rotate faster and faster.So if there’s something to do tomorrow, it’s better to start today. It’s hard at the beginning, but if you start ahead and get into the working state ahead of time, it won’t be so painful in the future. 

2. Threshold effect

A man who accepts a trivial request from another is likely to accept a bigger one. This kind of phenomenon is just like climbing a doorsill step by step, which can make it easier and more smoothly to climb higher places.

People are willing to accept the smaller and easier to complete requirements, and only when the smaller requirements are realized can we slowly accept the larger requirements.

3. Arenson effect

It refers to the psychological phenomenon that attitude is gradually negative with the decrease of reward and positive with the increase of reward. Performance: people like those who like, reward, praise for their own increasing people or things, but do not like those people or things whose likes, rewards and praise are decreasing.

If you want a person to like you, don’t give him too much reward at the beginning of the relationship, because once the high reward is put at the beginning, then as the reward becomes less and less, his attitude towards you will become more and more negative. This principle applies to gifts between relatives, friends and lovers.

4. Proximate effect

Recency effect means that with the emergence of multiple stimuli, our impression formation mainly depends on the latest stimulus.

In an intimate relationship, as the time of getting along with each other becomes longer and more exciting, the proximate effect will replace the primary effect, and the latter will take the place.

It’s not hard to explain why peaceful breakup brings better memories to both sides, and the two people who tear apart their faces will gnash their teeth with resentment when they think of each other in the future.

5.Phobia of choice

When we are faced with too many choices, the brain will crash and give up making choices because the things to be processed and compared are too complicated. At this time, we often make wrong decisions.

This is the reason why “choice phobia” comes from. When I buy things, I can buy them all if I have money, but because I am poor, it is impossible not to make a choice Therefore, it is advisable to reduce the scope of choice, first think about what you want, and then screen out large areas according to the requirements. In this way, we can process less information and make the choices we really want.

Samuel Whyte

A psychology enthusiast, interested in movies, painting,psychology, hiking, workout etc.

Speaks Chinese and English.

Currently lives in Shanghai, China.

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