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19 Psychological Tricks That Actually Work

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By Dennis Thomas IVPublished 10 months ago 3 min read
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19 Psychological Tricks That Actually Work
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19 Psychological Tricks That Actually Work

In the world of psychology and neuro-linguistic programming, there are numerous complex techniques used by professionals to influence others, but there are also simpler yet highly effective methods that anyone can employ in their daily interactions. These tricks can help you navigate social situations, improve communication, and even gain an edge in negotiations. Here are 19 psychological tricks that can work wonders:

Refrain from using the phrase "could you" when making a request. Instead, be more assertive and say, "Please do this." It avoids ambiguity and ensures your request is more likely to be fulfilled.

If you want to make someone uncomfortable, maintain eye contact and stare at the middle of their forehead during a conversation. However, be mindful of how this may affect your relationship with the other person.

When someone tries to dodge a question, pause in the conversation while maintaining eye contact. They may feel compelled to keep talking and may even reveal more information, including the truth if they were lying.

Build rapport with someone by asking them to explain something to you, even if you already know the answer. It can improve their overall attitude towards you and create a positive connection.

Nod subtly when asking a question that you want an affirmative answer to. This trick is often used by salespeople and can make the other person more receptive to your request.

During a conversation, reach out and take something they are holding without them noticing. Conversely, you can give them something as you talk, and they might not be aware of it. This is useful for practical purposes, like when cleaning or moving.

Encourage someone to do something for you by expressing doubt in their abilities. People often strive to prove doubters wrong and may be more inclined to help you.

Use subtle nods during a conversation to make the other person more attentive to your words. This can create a sense of engagement and connection.

Express mild disappointment to negotiate better conditions or prices. It can be surprisingly effective in achieving your desired outcome.

When your alarm goes off, sit up and make two fists like a victorious athlete. This physical action can help you wake up feeling refreshed and motivated.

Create a unique and absurd phrase when performing routine tasks like locking the door or turning off appliances. Repeating this phrase will reassure you that you completed the task, reducing doubt and anxiety.

Diffuse potential conflicts by saying something kind to the other person or remaining calm and silent. This can prevent arguments and encourage open communication.

If someone is unenthusiastic about work, frame tasks as "starting with something small" instead of "doing this." It can make the workload appear more manageable and less overwhelming.

When speaking in public, bring a bottle of water. It helps to stay hydrated and gives you a moment to collect your thoughts during a pause.

If someone stares at you in public, focus on their shoes. This tactic can make them feel uncomfortable and stop their intrusive behavior.

Project a calm and composed demeanor when meeting someone you know. This will help them feel more at ease and alleviate their worries.

When addressing someone's mistake, avoid sounding accusatory. Instead of saying, "You didn't close the window," say, "The window was left open all night." It shifts the focus from blaming to acknowledging the issue.

Trick your brain into feeling well-rested by affirming that you had a good night's sleep. Believing you are well-rested can improve cognitive function, even if you didn't sleep well.

Schedule job interviews for the beginning or end of the workday. People tend to remember events at the beginning and end of the day better than those in between, making you more memorable to potential employers.

Incorporating these psychological tricks into your daily interactions can enhance your communication skills, improve relationships, and empower you to navigate various situations with confidence and ease. Remember to use them responsibly and with respect for others' feelings and boundaries.

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