Don’t be fooled, life is full of traps and they are out to specifically get you! There are a lot of things you can do to mess your life up and a lot of those things are really hard to get out of. Whether it’s debt or getting caught up in the daily rat race, there are just so many pits you can fall into (sometimes you won’t even realize you are in the pit).
So on today’s list, we are not just going to show you how to avoid the big ones–because most of those involve finances and money to some extent–but we’ll also touch on some of the less serious traps, like running out of toilet paper (that always stinks…pun intended). It’s time to identify (and avoid) some of the most common life traps most people fall into at least once in their lives.
To avoid any confusion, a life trap is any device (physical, or psychological) that catches or retains a person and offers no immediate escape. Life traps can be physical objects, psychological beliefs and/or specific situations. Now that we have that established, are you ready?
Because we’re about to drop some knowledge on you! You’re about to learn what you need to look out for in your daily life. This won’t make you a pro, but it might just keep you from being dirt poor…at least we hope. These are 25 life traps that most people fall into at one point or another.
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This is the idea that if something happens a lot (you flip heads 50 times in a row), then the other option is more likely to happen (you will start flipping tails more). This superstitious belief comes from the idea that the universe must balance out somehow. It’s caused a lot of pain to people’s wallets in Las Vegas.
Pressing space bar to pause a youtube video and scrolling half way down the page
Try “K” instead.
Making eye contact with kiosk workers at the mall
You’ll never get that 5 minutes back.
Thinking you're not affected by marketing
Thinking you have to go to college
What's that on your shirt?
Running out of toilet paper
Sunk cost fallacy
Pushing the biggest download button
You will regret it…
When you are experiencing poverty with regards to time, money, happiness, then you are more likely to make decisions that amplify and lead to more poverty. It’s basically a self-fulfilling prophecy e.g. depression leads to isolation which leads to more depression etc. Negative feedback loops are no fun.
Trying to please people
The Spanish prisoner
Climbing the ladder
"I'll remember that, no need to write it down..."
“What was that thing again?”
Trusting your memory
Your memory is notoriously bad. Things like the Mandela Effect show how millions of people can remember something that never happened (Nelson Mandela dying in prison). So just because you and all your friends swear something happened…that doesn’t necessarily mean much. Eyewitness testimony’s long-revered position in court is even being called into question thanks to DNA testing. So basically, just because you firmly remember something, you are very likely wrong about it in more ways than you would expect.
Taking a "quick break" to check facebook
Yea right…it’ll be quick right? Haha.
Thinking you didn't use too much toilet paper and it will flush
Thinking that you know
This is possibly the biggest trap we fall into as humans. On a big scale this leads to racism and nationalism, but this affects us on every level of life. Do you think all the people that believe or follow *insert belief here* are terrible? That’s tribalism. Sports, countries, jobs, it’s everywhere. An upside? It leads to community. The downside, however, is that it can easily lead to wars and conflict. Ironically enough, thinking that you are above tribalism (due to intelligence or political persuasion) is a form of tribalism itself.