19 Simple Psychological Tricks That Actually Work

There are many psychological tricks and neuro-linguistic programming tips and there are millions of books and articles written about them. Many of these tricks really help professionals manipulate people and avoid being deceived by others. But is there any advice that non-professionals can use on a daily basis?

CrfatSides really wanted to know the answer to that question, so we researched on Reddit, where people from different professions share simple psychological tricks that really work.

Psychological Tricks To Try On Someone

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  • Never ask a man something that starts with the words “Could you …” That way, he’ll think this is a theoretical question. For example, never ask “Could you call the neighbors”, because the answer “yes” means “Yes, theoretically, could”. Then rephrase your hidden request to ” Please, Call the Neighbors.”
  • If you want someone to feel awkward or uncomfortable, look at the middle of the forehead during the conversation.
  • If someone you’re talking to is trying to avoid answering a question, pause the conversation while still looking them in the eye. They will feel uncomfortable and continue to speak. Perhaps they will give you more details or tell you the truth (if you are lying) thinking that your silence and your appearance are signs that you already know the truth.
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  • If you want to establish a relationship with someone (for example, at work), ask the person to tell or explain something to you, even if you know the answer. This will improve their general attitude towards you.
  • When asking a question, nod subtly. Most likely, you will receive an affirmative answer. Be careful: this trick is often used by restaurant staff to get customers to buy more food.
  • If a person is really focused on a job (for example, in the middle of a serious phone conversation), you can extend your hand to them and give you whatever they are holding at the moment. They may not even remember it later. The trick also works the other way around, since you can give them something and they won’t even notice.
  • You can tell someone that they can’t do anything and they will try to prove you wrong.
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  • If you start to nod a little while speaking, the person you will be talking to will be more attentive to your words, without even realizing why.
  • If you generally like a person’s offer but want to get more, pretend to be a little disappointed. For example, this can work for a high price or a low salary.
  • The moment the alarm goes off, you have to get up for a second, make fists and shout “Yes”, as if you were a soccer player who just scored. This is strange, but it will give you a feeling of freshness and allow you to get up easily.
  • If you’re always concerned if you locked the door or not, or if your iron is turned off, just say an absolutely absurd phrase when doing these things (the phrase should be different every day). For example, you say “green rabbit”, turn off the iron or “oppressive crab” and close the door. The next time you think of your open/closed door, you will remember saying that strange phrase and calming down.
  • If a person tries to get you involved in an argument or scandal, say something good. It will drive them crazy.
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  • If you work in a team and you have a really lazy team member, don’t give them assignments with the words “do it.” Replace with “start with this”. Psychologically, there seems to be less work because they should start small. And then after doing that, use the words: “Very well. Continue. “In this case, there is a high probability that they will complete the task successfully because there seems to be less work.
  • If you need to speak in public, be sure to bring a bottle of water. If you feel like you’ve forgotten the text, take a few sips and no one will notice that the pause was caused by the fact that you’ve forgotten the text.
  • If someone is watching you on the subway, look at their shoes. Don’t give up. Trust us, it will drive you crazy.
  • If you are really worried every time you see someone you know, in the end, that person will also be worried every time you meet.
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  • If you have a problem with someone, but don’t want to directly accuse them, change your way of speaking. For example, the phrase “The window did not close” should be replaced by “The window remained open”.
  • If you didn’t sleep well, tell your brain that you did. It sounds strange, but if you are absolutely sure of your words, it will work 100%.
  • People remember what happened at the beginning and end of the day. The things that happened between these two points in time are blurred. Therefore, when discussing time for a job interview, choose a time too early or too late to ensure that the employer will remember you among all the other candidates.

Have you tried any of these psychological tricks? Tell us about your experience in the comments section below.

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