It is called “depressive realism,” and it is the idea that those suffering depression actually have a better sense of reality than most people, who harbor a false sense of being liked or a perfect world. However, this phenomenon is limited to those with what is considered moderate depression.
Psychologists Alloy and Abramson did studies in the 1970’s and 80’s in which they concluded that those who are somewhat depressed better understand their actual importance, reputation, locus of control, and abilities than those who are considered happy. However, all studies still highlight that it is better to be happy than intentionally be depressed to better understand things.
While few would advocate taking drugs, and while there are obvious downsides, not all side effects are considered negative. Studies at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine recently released the results to a study that revealed how taking magic mushrooms, or the chemical psilocybin that makes you hallucinate, can permanently alter a person’s personality. The results were almost always the same, by making them more open with their feelings, being focused more on creativity, becoming more curious, and better appreciating artistic things!
The head of the study said that the open personality effect is still there 12 months after ingesting the mushrooms, yet strangely the other four main personality traits, extroversion, neuroticism, agreeableness, and conscientiousness had not been altered!
Latin had no specific word for yes, so the Romance languages created their own from other Latin words!
Dante classified the Romance languages into three different groups solely based on how they said “yes.” He wrote, “For some say ‘oc,’ others say ‘si,’ others say oïl."’ When crafting the French language, which is based on Latin, they took the words “hoc ille” which means “that is it,” which became “oil” and eventually became “oui.”
For Spanish and Italian, the word “sic,” meaning “thus,” was used. The c was eventually dropped and the word for yes became “si.” Because all Romance languages derive from Latin, they all have similar basics, yet through examples such as this, and by incorporating different aspects, it is easily explained why they are all different!
Only two years after the legendary sinking of the Titanic, the RMS Empress of Ireland sank in the Saint Lawrence River after colliding with a Norwegian collier in 1914. There were nearly 1,500 people on board and only about 400 survived, making the tragedy even worse than the Titanic, losing .5% more people. You’d assume after the tragedy of the Titanic, papers and people around the globe would harp on the event until an Oscar deserving movie was released, yet history seems to have forgotten the Empress for one small reason.
The ship sank in May, and World War I formally started in July. However, tensions were mounting throughout Europe with the mobilization of German and Austro-Hungarian forces. People were so terrified that a war would break out encompassing the entire World that they had little interest in another Titanic, and so history has all but forgotten a tragedy even worse than the famous one!
Hugh Hefner amassed his fortune and fame by creating the largest adult entertainment industry ever, and for being one of the most legendary ladies men of history. At 80, he still has flocks of women surrounding him every day and is rumored to have a Viagra bowl next to every bed in his house!
Nearly everyone would assume he was always a player, yet most people don’t know that Hef held on to his virginity until he was 22! Hefner has stated in interviews that he values quality over quantity, yet luckily for him he seems to be constantly surrounded by both. His secret, he claims, is class. In fact, he became so classy, it is now considered sophisticated to walk around in a satin robe all hours of the day!