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The surprising truth about perfectionism in millennials
  • The study conducted with young university students from Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom showed that millennials are a generation with perfectionist trends.
  • The observed results are only applicable to the university students investigated and cannot be generalized to all millennials.
  • According to the study, perfectionism is a cultural characteristic, and millennials seek perfectionism as a tendency to secure social approval.
  • Research suggests that the ability to feel happy with oneself is partly influenced by the cultural circumstances of the generation to which you belong.

"Shooting the Messenger" is a psychological reality – share bad news and people will like you less
  • In 11 experiments putting people in various situations, researchers have found that we don’t like people who deliver bad news.
  • The effect is even stronger when bad news are unexpected or illogical.
  • People might "shoot the messenger" because they believe the messenger is evil - even when it doesn’t make sense.
  • Overall, this confirms that "shooting the messenger" isn’t a thing of medieval fairytales, but a real psychological phenomenon.
  • Study authors say this makes life harder for people, who might miss out on important advice if they instantly dislike bearers of bad news.

People’s sense of control over their actions is reduced at a fundamental level when they’re angry or afraid
  • A group of researchers measured the “intentional binding” of several participants and observed that when they were angry or afraid they tended to lose control of their actions.
  • The “intentional binding” is a test in which the participants press the button of a clock that rotates permanently and they say what time the clock indicated when they pushed the button.
  • According to the evidence, the people who control their actions tend to push the button on the clock later than those who cannot control their actions.
  • The main limitation of this study was that the researchers did not measure the “intentional binding” when the participants were happy.
  • Based on ethical and moral aspects, the reduction of the control of actions caused by anger or fear cannot be taken as an excuse to defend criminals, the study suggests.

Insomniacs unable to get emotional distress off their mind
  • In this study, the brain activity of a group of people was observed with magnetic resonance imaging while they recalled shameful experiences occurred in the past.
  • It was detected that participants who could sleep well did not show signs of emotional tension caused by such events.
  • However, participants with insomnia could not benefit from the sleep to get rid of the emotional anguish that occurred during those experiences.
  • The results suggested that insomnia may be related to the cerebral regulation of emotions.

Why do people with depression like listening to sad music?
  • A new study suggests that people with depression listen to sad music to lift their spirits - and not, as older studies assumed, to maintain negative emotions.
  • 38 female undergrads diagnosed with depression, alongside 38 non-depressed controls, were played various excerpts of sad and happy music.
  • Most of the depressed participants stated that they preferred sad music because it was calming and even uplifting.
  • The study doesn’t give answers as to why depressed people find low-energy, sad music uplifting.




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