• Question: What is 1 thing everyone could learn from phycology to benefit their lives ?

    Asked by B12 on 9 Nov 2023.
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      Malwina Niechcial-McKenna answered on 9 Nov 2023:

      I would definitely say that people behave in certain way due to lots of different factors, so it’s not always that they are a bad person and that’s that. We need to really try to understand people. But on the flip side, we also need to be more mindful of our own behaviours and be gentle and more forgiving of others.

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      Viktoria Mileva answered on 9 Nov 2023:

      Compassion – both towards others and yourself. 🙂

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      Ed Morrison answered on 10 Nov 2023:

      The “Spotlight effect” – people often believe they are being noticed more than they really are. This can lead to worry that you are being judged negatively for something when people generally couldn’t care less.

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      Carl Atherton answered on 10 Nov 2023:

      Everyone is different. If one thing works for one person, this might not work for you.
      Speak to someone if you are struggling. Change something if you want change.
      Set goals at the start of each week.

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      Caroline Wesson answered on 10 Nov 2023:

      Be mindful of social comparison. We often judge ourselves in comparison to other people and can think we’re not doing as well as other people because of this but we make this comparison without really knowing how the people we’re comparing ourselves to are thinking or feeling or having enough context. I often have students saying to me, everyone else is doing much better than me, everyone else understands this, or they’re making more progress than me and I always ask, “Do you know that for certain?”, “What makes you think that?”. We can’t always tell how other people are doing and people work in different ways and at different speeds. Don’t unnecessarily compare yourself to others, just be your best self!

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      Elizabeth Newton answered on 10 Nov 2023:

      To try to understand why others behave as they do, an hopefully become more tolerant.

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      Berengere Digard answered on 13 Nov 2023:

      That we all have a lot of cognitive biases that we are not aware of. Knowing that these biases exist, understanding how they work, means that we are more able to find notice them in others and in ourselves. By noticing them we are better able to work on them to go beyond our biases, and be more understanding and respectful to each other.

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      David McGonigle answered on 13 Nov 2023:

      For me, it’s that realising that we’re all the same…but different, and the sum of our experiences and upbringing.

      The field of Psychology is vast and includes everything from therapy to, well, neuroscience (I had to get that in..!). But one thing that I’ve studied and considered in some of my experiments is that we all perceive the world differently; this can be a simple difference (like your friend being able to see a visual illusion, but you can’t), or more complex, like two people reading a newspaper article and taking completely different lessons away from it. Sharing, talking, taking neutral positions and listening are all ways to overcome these differences…

      The more we accept that we’re the same but different, the better the world will be. Psychology is a small but vital part of that journey.

      Cheers, Dave

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      Jaime Benjamin answered on 15 Nov 2023:

      Really different answer from everyone else (which was my initial thought as well) – but… how to critically evaluate things.

      You can be told “people behave like X” or you can read that “The goverment is doing Y” but to then push yourself to ask why and how something is as far as you can go until you can’t answer that why question any more… Its hard but a good skill.

      If I could have more it would be problem-solving and self-effecacy. Life is a lot of problem solving (how do I figure out the food shop for the week? how do I manage my time?) so learning how to problem solve, and developing a level of self-effecacy that you can indeed do it – also a really important benefit to your life.