Self-Distancing Reduces Aggression

Someone has just boiled your blood. How do you regain composure? We tend to dwell on and imagine everything happening to ourselves again. Unfortunately, this will only intensify negative feelings. But luckily, psychologists have found a simple trick to help you regain self-control in the heat of the moment—imagine yourself as a fly on the wall, visualise and replay the conflict unfold from a distance from a third-person perspective. Continue reading

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Music Preferences Can Reveal Personalities

A new friend of yours likes jazz and you think that he or she is intellectual as a result. Sometimes, this could be a stereotype, but this is generally an accurate inference. Research has found that newly acquainted people like to talk about music because the type of music we like say a lot about ourselves. Most importantly, we are fairly competent at inferring other people’s personalities from their music preferences. So what music do you like? Continue reading

Sweet Foods Really Make Us Sweeter

Need help? You’ll probably find it in a Häagen-Dazs store. Research has found that eating sweet foods makes us more agreeable and helpful. Also, agreeable people tend to prefer sweet foods more. These suggest that sweet-toothed people in that store, especially those already savouring their ice creams, must be especially sweet and helpful. Continue reading