What are some things that you have no clue you're actually doing? Everyone yawns and don't realize they're doing it? How about mindless eating?! Find out about some other things that you don't know you're actually doing in this video!
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Here are the 10 most interesting things you do without thinking!
10 â Mindless eating
C'mon, I know everyone knows that expression bet you can't eat just one expression by Lays chips! That expression taps into how tasty salty greasy chips are, and mindless eating as well. Mindless eating is the number one reason people gain weight as they age. We unconsciously eat many of our meals and snacks. For example, when eating your dinner, do you finish everything on your plate or do you only eat until you're full? While watching TV, do you grab a snack, and all of a sudden half the bag is gone? Both of those are examples of mindless eating.
Our brain is roughly divided into two sections â the conscious and the unconscious. The unconscious part is the one responsible for habits, while the conscious one is responsible for our rational thinking, speech, creativity, etc. Guess who's in charge when you're in Mindless Eating mode? It's the unconscious part. That's exactly why you don't even notice you're eating. Eating is a habit that got activated, without you thinking about it. Unfortunately, the worst part about our unconscious eating habits is that we're often too far in before other physical signals tells us to stop!
9 â The cross-race effect
The cross-race effect is the tendency to more easily recognize faces of the race that one is most familiar with, which is most often one's own race. Scientists also call it the âother-race effect,â a cognitive phenomenon that makes it harder for people of one race to readily recognize or identify individuals of another.
It's not bias or bigotry, the researchers say, that makes it difficult for people to distinguish between people of another race. It's the lack of early and meaningful exposure to other groups that often makes it easier for us to quickly identify and remember people of our own ethnicity or race while we often struggle to do the same for others.
Psychologists say that it begins when people are infants and young children, when they become aware of the key facial features and characteristics of those around them. However, the fun thing is that you could easily improve your ability to recognize faces â All you have to do is just start hanging around whomever you want to be able to distinguish a lot more!
8 â Scratching your head in public
You know how you might scratch your head whenever you're thinking really hard about something? Automatic gestures like head scratching are a kind of expressive shorthand for our feelings. One popular explanation for any hand-to-head movements is that it's frustrated aggression-- a throwback to the natural movements of our rock-throwing ancestors.
If you ever watch small kids try to hit something, they'll raise an arm over their head and bring it forward in an arc. It's a natural, unstudied movement; there isn't much finesse, but for a cave man it got the job done.
When we're wrestling with some problem, we experience feelings of frustration, maybe some anger, and before we know it, our hand flies up in the air. Psychologists say that the most absent-minded self-touching movements are efforts to comfort ourselves in times of stress. It's like giving ourselves a reassuring pat. Head scratching would be a way of relieving the stress of not knowing something, and it's directed at our heads because that's the source of our distress.
7 â Laughing at inappropriate times
I often find myself laughing at the worst times, and maybe you do too, but hey, apparently it's okay. As psychologists are discovering, these helpless giggles might be one of our most important and profound behaviors.
Laughter is a great emotional equalizer. We're often told it's the best medicine. Deeply stressful or emotional episodes overload our emotional engine and send that needle into overdrive. To release stress, we often respond through inappropriate laughter which isn't quite ideal, but it's effective.