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Why Are We Going In Circles When We Get Lost?

Lost in the WoodsPhoto by Lin Pernille Photography LLC

Here’s a surefire way to get a bet! Invite some of your friends to walk blindfolded along the road, while not exceed the roadside. He or she will probably lose the bet because he or she will soon start to walk in circles!

People who are lost in the fog or snow blizzard often go in circles for hours, imagining that they go in a certain direction. After some time, they are coming right at the place from where they started.

Why we can’t go right without the help of our eyes? Because our body is asymmetrical. This means that there is no perfect balance between our right and left side. If you look in the mirror, you will notice that the right half of the face is more developed than the left. For example, the right cheek is more convex, mouth, eye and ear are sharply sculpted on one side of the face. The heart is on the left and the liver on the right side of the body. Skeleton of our body is also asymmetrical. The spine is not perfectly straight. Our thighs and our feet are not the same as the one on the other side. All this means that the structure of muscles in our body is asymmetric and that is not in perfect balance.

Since our muscles on the right side differ from the muscles on the left, it affects the way we walk. When you close your eyes, control of steps depends on the muscles and the structure of your body, and one side forcing us to rotate in one direction. In the end, we’re walking in circles.

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This applies not only to the feet, but also on the hands. Checks were carried out in which people were blindfolded and tried to drive the car in a straight line. After about 20 seconds each tested person began to drive off the road! So open up your eyes when you are walking or driving a car!

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