Nitty gritty psychology

Exams are around the corner and I (Yes, I) took some time to do a little bit of revision (Yes, revision).

Amidst the mountain of theories and definitions, the deceptive descriptive and inferential statistics….I actually found a handful of interesting facts. It’s in the textbook (Life-span development 14th Edition by John Santrock), so it must be true. Of course, few ‘facts’ are absolutely definite in the world of Psychology, so take it lightly.

1 –  Obesity


The top 5 countries with the highest population percentage of obese people are as follows: USA, Mexico, Chile, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. What’s interesting here is that within the obesity statistics of these five countries, there were more women than men in all five.

The top 5 countries with the lowest population percentage of obese people are Italy, Norway, Switzerland, Korea and Japan with Men contributing slightly more than women in these five.

Japan has 3% obese adult males and female, and that’s pretty awesome (and low), you know, with them having Sumo wrestlers and all.

2 – Remarriage


Men remarry sooner than women (no surprise here). Remarriage happens sooner for partners who initiate a divorce. Here’s where it gets interesting. While families of remarried adults are more likely to be unstable compared to their first marriage with adults who remarry having a lower level of mental health (depression and stress), remarriage often improves the financial status of remarried adults, especially women, says the author with reference to Waite (2009).

3 – Gender differences

gender differences

You probably already know these things, but here are some terms that can be used to describe them.

When it comes to talking, women prefer rapport talk, while men prefer report talk.

When it comes to dealing with challenging circumstances, men typically adopt the well-known fight or flight response while women employ a ‘tend and befriend’ approach.

About half (says the textbook) of committed gay couples have an open relationship that allows the possibility of sex (but not affectionate love) outside the relationship. Lesbian couples, however, usually do not have this open relationship.

4 – Life expectancy


Here are some factors that factor into your overall life expectancy:

Marital status – if you are married, +4 years. If you are over 25 and not married, subtract one year for every unmarried decade (what?!).

Alcohol – ADD two years if you are a light drinker (one to three drinks a day), subtract five to ten years if you are a heavy drinker (more than four a day).

Education – Subtract two years if you have less than a high school education. Add one if you have attended four years of school beyond high school. Add three, if you attended five or more years beyond high school. Long live education!

Sleep – Wake up and read this. Subtract five years if you sleep more than nine hours a day.


5 – Binge drinking


Well. Following the trend?

So you see, while we are so often overwhelmed with the subject and the science, we forget that this particular area of study is so rich with ‘did you know?’ facts and theories. We enroll for vastly different reasons, but we can agree that it’s not all work and no play. Psychology is fun (sometimes)!



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s