Your Mindless Habits Expose You According To Science


Despite the majority of our menial tasks as humans, such as when we lock our front door, which card we used, either debit or credit, for the purchase of that one item we don’t even remember buying, which go totally unremembered, these ritualistic behaviors are fundamental catalysts which generate information that speak slues of data on our character, our emotions and even our own psychology. These tasks even iterate the details and verily the utter definition to the way we approach all of life; affecting and effecting those around us via a gesture as simple and basic as saying, “thank you,” in receivership of either a service, favor or gift.

Research has been done meandering into psychology in which expert opinions were given on what these supposedly pointless behaviors speak and tell about us as a person. And although these points of information are not definitive in any way nor would they specify quality traits about any person individually, or the reader’s, consider these albeit expert points as a genesis into a realm of habitual living which could shed an even much needed enlightenment into how we as humans generally function, think, behave and just live.

In terms of habits in something as common—especially for middle to upper-middle class America—as shopping, the mere occasion of visiting a drugstore could very well reveal to you more about the person you are with past the observance of what over-the-counter medication they purchase. As you observe more intuitively, does the person your with scrutinize the individual ingredients on a tube of toothpaste as if they were counting the number of cards they have and chips in a series poker match; assessing and evaluating in a degree of such augmented attention to every possible detail until they have concluded upon their chosen preferred label, brand and flavor etc. Or, does someone waltz blithely into a drugstore, glance fleetingly upon the rack of nevertheless dozens if not hundreds of different types and variations of toothpaste and choose almost at random a brand as though they were pulling a ticket-number in the line of a local deli.

Scientists have categorized the two types of consumers. The former is what they dub an “explanation fiend”. The latter is what they refer to as an “explanation foe”. Explanation fiends, the consumer who scrutinizes every facet of merchandize down to the punctuation point, scored high in various measures of cognitive reflection, as a study of experiments administered in 2012 dictated. The meaning of this definition is that they take such amplified outputs of information gathering cognitively in the endeavor of acquiring as much data as humanly possible. Explanation foes, concordantly as you can anticipate, scored lower in cognitive reflection; falling under a preference of only general information and even forms of ambiguity.

The direction of how one simply hangs the toilet paper roll on the axel can very well determine the range of assertiveness. In an interview to The Independent, a researcher disclosed that ones who generally allow the roll of toilet paper to be hung over are typically more dominant. Whereas, on the other hand, as you can imagine, those who prefer or even subconsciously allow the toilet paper roll to be draped under the axel of the dispenser tend to be quite more submissive/passive. In addition, those who statistically find their personalities as dominant do indeed change the direction of the toilet paper roll if it does happen to be draped under; placing the roll over in an almost seemingly compulsive behavior regardless of where they are; even a public restroom.

As with all behavior sciences, a significant attribute in such study of human development and our understanding of it thereto is located in one habit for which we are all obliged to partake: food consumption. And in such a pattern for which follows this study, we can therefore take the evaluation of various rapidities to which people eat and hypothesize that slower eaters are most likely ones focused on detail and a general appreciation of life in and of itself. Naturally, there is the opposing factor of people who generally and habitually eat at great speeds. Behavior analysis found that these aforementioned eaters are goal oriented with lofty ambitions; open minded and open to new experiences; are often impatient. Of course we cannot exclude individuals who like to take chances and adventure into the realm of exotic foods; testing their taste buds and either crowning a laural of a modern delicacy fit for the “gods”, or a “consumable” which questions the very way of life we live in how in the name of all creation is it verily called “food”. Which in addition we can oppose these types of eaters with picky eaters: the conclusion should be self-evident: those who try the escargot are not afraid to step out of their comfort zones and the picky eaters who stray not from their “10 commandments” of food are often neurotic in multiple avenues of their lives. Lastly you have eaters who you see separating their food on their plates like their organizing volatile chemicals; tending to be detail oriented and notably disciplined.

Have you ever taken notice of how you walk? Would you conclude that slouched and loose gaits are characteristics of one who is extroverted or somewhat adventuerous; and one who is upright, straight and rigid as they traipse around to be neurotic, tense and even authoritative (a.k.a., bossy)? Surpisingly, this evaluation is not true. In fact all for which analyses can conclude from how people walk is the level of their vulnerability. In a study performed in 2013, inmates of a prison were asked to view a video which showed a variety of people walking. They were asked, in the conclusion of the film, to decide upon which individual they saw was the most likely and easiest to possibly take advantage of; vis-à-vis, the one who was most vulnerable. The calculated results conclusively revealed that, on inmates who were diagnosed in greater conditions of psychopathy chose walkers who were victimized in the past; the inmates having known nothing about said person, hitherto.

A psychologist by the name of Dr. James Pennebaker focused years of his study on function words involving articles such as “the”, “this” and “I”. His conclusions allowed an analysis to indicate that the person so speaking can give signs of their gender, age, mental health status and whether or not the conversation holds romantic principles and inflections. Pennebaker and his band of colleagues took to listening intently of speed-dates. What they found was certain repeatable behavior and therefore word-usages between the two so speaking and knowing as to whether or not the likelihood of them going on an actual date past the advent speed-date was high or low. The finalization is our subconscious language shift in association to whomsoever we are speaking to; identifying either our interest or disinterest therein.

As anyone can thoroughly evaluate from a general census of studies and various forms of analyses taken within a standard public environment, incorporating a controlled situation where the stimuli are not altered via external cognitive corruption, the variations between introvert, extrovert, passive to aggressive and detail orientation to a much more laid-back persona are involved to body language that speaks to us all the time. Take a note, the next time you sit down to dinner, as to how someone sits, how they arrange their place setting and of course how they eat and what they say (if anything) in the social setting. One not need be a studied or credited doctor to have a valued and fundamental understanding of human behavior. Have you not asked someone if anything was wrong simply because your subconscious picked up on a negative connotation associated by their physical actions? To which this rhetorical question concludes this article on the note of the fascination that is indeed the human psyche and how intuition delves within a realm of the simple act of love and compassion. You see someone isn’t feeling well and you might not even know why: because they were walking funny or they forgot to say “hi” to you. The basics of psychology is something we all practice every hour of every day, we might not necessarily be aware.

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