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Stories and Their Predictable Patterns

The genre of drama is comfortably predictable and our brains eat this up because of the pleasure it brings from its symmetry and completion.

Our brains release mood-impacting neurotransmitters such as cortisol, dopamin, and oxytocin whenever we react to the challenges, twists, and happy resolutions of the narrative arc, thus providing an emotionally satisfying journey.

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  • People with softer, sonorant names like Marla or Samantha (names that flow from the tongue easily) are perceived to be more agreeable and warm.
  • Names that sound sharp and abrupt like Eric or Kirk are perceived to have a cold nature.
  • Names that are uncommon and rare often have an unusual career like that of a judge or film director.
  • An unusual name can shape us into being more creative and open-minded, according to US research.

Being addicted to escapist media like video games and web series (that keep us hooked using algorithms) is linked to poor cognitive health.

Watching an episode or two of a good TV show intentionally is beneficial for us, but overdoing the same leads to increased worry and anxiety, the very thing we are trying to avoid.

Cutting To the Chase
  • The phrase originates from the silent films era when normal dialogue wasn’t engaging enough to the viewer.
  • Physical comedy, popularized in the 1920s by Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, relied heavily on action sequences that involved a chase, to keep the viewers hooked on without sound.

Being overly critical of oneself and developing a negative self-image is a sure-fire way to create a distorted self-perception.

People with self-doubt are more susceptible to confirmation bias about their own incompetence. This subconscious phenomenon is like a reversal of the Dunning-Kruger effect, where people seem to wrongly believe that they are competent.

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