These Psychological Laws and Theories Govern Our Daily Lives

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Psychology is the science of the mind. Studying psychology is the only way to understand the human mind. As science is developing every day, we are getting to know more and more interesting facts about the human mind. In today’s article, we are presenting some psychological laws that govern all of us.

Subconsciously we all act in ways that are determined by these laws. Knowing these laws and theories will help us understand why some people behave in certain ways in certain situations. We can also use this information to protect ourselves in some cases. Read on carefully to find out what these laws are.

1Self-fulfilling prophecies

Prophecies may or may not come true. However, if you actively believe in it, it will come true for sure. This is why they are called self-fulfilling. Once we hear a prophecy, we begin to think things that will confirm it. The best example of it is your daily horoscope. If you believe it, you will subconsciously try to make it come true and attribute anything that happens to the horoscope.

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1What is the harm?

Evidently, there is no harm in believing a little prophecy. But harm can arise when we pay too much heed to it. For instance, some fortune teller has prophesized that you will get into an accident in the next week. You constantly think about it. As a result of this, you are careless, and will probably end up in an accident. No matter how big or small, you will be convinced that this was the accident that the fortune teller had talked about, thus leading to the prophecy fulfilling itself.

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2The baby duck syndrome

A duckling after hatching, assumes the first moving object it sees, to be its mother. Regardless of whether this is a dog, a cat, a goat or a human, the duckling will believe this is its mother and will follow it everywhere. It is hard to dissuade the duckling that it is not its real mother. This behavior of “imprinting” is also demonstrated by humans.

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3How do humans imprint?

A person demonstrates the baby duck syndrome when they encounter a new environment and consider the object they see first as the best. Thus, they believe old things are better than newer ones. New things can often be better and more efficient and closing one’s eyes to them can be detrimental. They are biased and will not even entertain arguments that can change their mind.

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4Real life examples

For instance, people who argue that paperbacks are better than ebooks or press-button phones are better than smartphones, just for the sake of the argument, without even considering the advantages of the new objects can be suffering from this syndrome. We have all met people like this who believe that older things are better and are not even willing to give the new things a chance because of their bias.

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5Learned helplessness

All of us have met people in our lives who love to behave like they are the victim of circumstances. Such people continue their poor jobs or toxic relationships because they believe there is no way to get out of them. But there are always ways to get out of problems. One has to try. Cribbing about it will not help.

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