When upset, tidy things up

People who love cleanliness often cannot tolerate the “dirty” of people around them, but people who are accustomed to being messy will think that their environment is “orderly in chaos.” Qi and chaos are not absolutely good or bad, but they can reflect some personality differences.

People who love neatness and simplicity are more sensitive to the environment, and their brains are more capable of processing environmental information. Therefore, they are easy to feel anxious and tired in a chaotic and disordered environment, because the brain has too much information to process; on the contrary, these people are more likely to feel the “fluency of information processing” in a neat and orderly environment. A sense of pleasure. Information processing fluency is an individual’s subjective experience of the difficulty of processing information. For the brain that is sensitive to external information, the more concise a piece of information looks and the easier it is to remember, the higher its fluency and the easier and more comfortable the brain is.

People who like cleanliness also have a higher need for a “sense of control”. Some people will go home to tidy up and tidy up when something is not going well, put things in the place where they should be, and throw away the unnecessary things. This is a good opportunity to regain the sense of determination and control in life. Because many things in social life are not determined by our sole discretion, some people will feel out of control and feeling of powerlessness and anxiety. All items in the family are under their control. Reorganizing items and arranging everything about their living environment can help find Back to the sense of control lost elsewhere.

The brains of people who are used to messy and piled up tend to be more active. Those who follow the “messy wind” do not fail to organize, but adopt different sorting strategies, such as placing objects in the order of purchase time and frequency of use. This sorting strategy is very personal, tailored to their own living habits and efficiency. Therefore, although it is messy in the eyes of others, they can find what they need very quickly in a pile of debris. “Finding the target in a large amount of debris” is not an easy task, it requires a high degree of brain activity. A psychologist has done a study and asked participants to list different uses of table tennis in different environments. The results showed that participants in a chaotic environment were significantly more active in their minds than those in a tidy environment, and listed more and more novel usages. Perhaps the reason why some people make their living environment so messy is because their active brain has the need to process a variety of information, so they put themselves in the most suitable environment.

Of course, some environmental mess is caused by inner chaos. People’s psychological state is often communicated externally. For example, when painful and sad, it will unconsciously express it with facial expressions, limbs or physical discomfort, and let yourself and the people around you notice it. This can increase the probability of problem solving and getting help. When the heart is chaotic, the living environment will gradually become chaotic. At this time, you must pay attention to your mental health and adjust it in time.

In fact, the life style of most people is somewhere in between, sometimes concise and sometimes messy. Neither style is better or worse. It is more important to see the advantages of various environments and the signals they convey.