Your Room Is A Disaster Zone
“Mom, my room isn’t a mess! I know exactly where everything is. If I cleaned it I wouldn’t be able to find anything!” A study done at the University of Minnesota found that groups tasked to come up with uses for ping pong balls performed better creative brainstorming in messy environments than in clean ones. However, the study also found that messy environments and clean environments both have their benefits in different regions. People with a clean desk are more likely to eat healthy and be punctual, while those who work under a pile of junk might suffer in those areas, but benefit from greater flow of creativity. Take your pick!
Loud Chewers Make The Hairs On Your Neck Stand Up
So there’s this condition called “misophonia,” and if you have it, it basically means that you have a high sensitivity to certain noises – think nails on a chalkboard. I have this coworker named Dan, and yesterday our other coworker Trevor was chewing very loudly while we were eating lunch, and Dan felt the need to say something. Dan came across as a little rude, but research suggests that Dan’s hypersensitivity to this sound actually indicates that he’s a more creative thinker than people who aren’t as phonically sensitive.
Sorry Trevor – looks like Dan wins this time.
You Often Get Caught Talking To Yourself
Don’t admit yourself to the looney bin just yet. Though it’s a hard topic to research (and though some insane people definitely DO talk to themselves), chatting with yourself out loud can actually be a beneficial way to help your brain work efficiently. Whenever something bad happens and I go into panic mode, I start talking myself through the situation instinctively – does that make me crazy? Not saying I’m not, but it sure does help me organize my thoughts!
Plus, sometimes there’s just not anybody more interesting around to talk to.