The human psychology is weird and what makes it even more weird is just one tiny brain controlling everything about you. You may think you are in control but it’s your brain that holds the reins. Check out these 7 ways in which your brain tricks you.
#1. Phantom Memories
Memories make up people or is it the other way round? Turns out, sometimes people can make memories out of nothing. You brain will remember certain incidents from past according to what it wants which might not always conform to truth. Sometimes you may remember things that never happened.
#2. Believing Lies
Millions of people will will fake facts. That is also their brain’s fault. Sometimes, when people are presented with blatant statements, they will simply believe them because the brain is busy and cannot spare the resources to analyze and be skeptical. So it just believes that the source is reliable and doesn’t bother evaluating the relevancy of the facts presented.
#3. Word Dust
This is very popular phenomenon known as ‘Semantic Satiation’ wherein a person just repeats the same word over and over until the meaning fades away completely. Turns out your cortex is responsible for it because when you say the word, the cortex receives the meaning of it. But when you keep repeating it, the neural pathways weaken and the stimulus stops having the impact i.e. loses the meaning.
#4. Not getting altered by reality
The mind believes what it wants to believe and does not let small things such as reality to break the perception. It is what people call ‘motivated reasoning’. the mind does not want its assumptions and perceptions challenged or altered by reality. And when someone does challenge them, people cling even more firmly to them. This is why people like other people who think like them or share the same belief system about things or the world.