Think The Person Who Cut You Off Is A Jerk? That's Fundamental Attribution Error
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What's up with that woman who's always late to English 101? She clearly has bad time management skills, or maybe she just doesn't care about doing well in school. Either way, she definitely has no respect for the professor—probably for authority in general. Does this judgy internal monologue sound familiar? If you're attributing someone's bad behavior to who they are as a person and not stopping to consider their circumstances (in the universe we just made up, that woman is a single mother with two jobs and a full class schedule. We hope you're happy), you're committing what's known as the fundamental attribution error.Related: Having Been In Someone's Shoes Makes You Less Empathetic
Why Are Thousands Of Japanese Young Adults Recluses?
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A startling number of Japanese young adults are suffering from a condition called hikikomori, in which they don't leave their homes or interact with others for at least six months.Related: Anhedonia Is The Inability To Feel Pleasure
Ever Experienced A "Helper's High"? There's A Reason For That
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Do you get a strange jolt of pleasure when you find the perfect gift for someone? What about when you volunteer to work for a shelter, or donate money to your favorite charity? If you're not really the giving type, science says you should give it a shot.Related: The Science Of Gratitude
Key Facts to Know
During the holiday season, people feel temporarily charged to give back and help others. 0:41
When we give to others without expecting something in return, our brain releases a plethora of good-feeling hormones. 1:12
One study found elderly people who helped others had stronger hearts and more longevity. 1:42
The Scientifically Proven Method To Get Your Bartender's Attention
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Friday night! Time to hit the bars. And wait for the bartender to notice you so you can order. And wait. And wait. What gives? Never fear, night owls: as it turns out, there's a scientifically proven method to getting served quickly at the bar.
You Decide If You Trust An Unfamiliar Face After Only 100 Milliseconds
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Ever laid eyes on someone for the first time and thought, "she looks nice"? It happens all the time, and yet you've got no actual evidence to go on. You can just tell—right? Well, you're not alone.