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Schadenfreude: deriving pleasure from the misfortune of others. It's actually a lot more common than one would think. Plenty of students feel some satisfaction when they perform better on tests than their peers do--the lower grade to contrast the higher grade is probably a driving factor in the student's pride. I wonder, is there any evolutionary basis in this?
Contributed by Lucy Zhang
My psychology teacher told me that he could teach the class using nothing but clips from The Simpsons. I didn't believe him at first, but I did a little reading and you can. I think this is crazy, but cool at the same time.
Contributed by Taya Gordon
“A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. She raised a glass of water and asked “How heavy is this glass of water?” The answers varied. She replied, “The weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If i hold it for a minute, no problem. For an hour, i’ll have an ache in my arm. For a day, my arm will feel numb and paralyzed. The weight of the glass doesn’t change, but the longer i hold it, the heavier it becomes. The stress and worries in life are like that glass of water Think about them for a while, nothing happens. bit longer? they begin to hurt. think about them all day long? you will feel paralyzed - incapable of doing anything. Always remember to put the glass down.
Contributed by Rocio Cerrillo