Psychological tricks are powerful to achieving success.
What are psychological tricks? Some people call it mind-game tricks. Actually, you see these behaviors in your daily social interactions. But (maybe) you don’t pay attention to them.
Psychological tricks are simply the application of psychological concepts. Over the years, marketers and politicians are using these tricks making them successful in their respective fields.
The application of these psychological tricks requires timing. If you can master these “psychology tips”, your chances of achieving your goals will be high.
The following are some of the psychological tricks and secrets you can use in your daily life.
- Putting someone on the defensive will cause them to resist even reasonable ideas; frame arguments in such a way as to avoid making them disagree with you at any point.
2. If you want to win, you have to realize that your opponent will often stop fighting when he reaches the point at which he thinks he will be able to brag to his colleagues about how he handled the situation and how he outmaneuvered you. Give him reason to believe he is being the reasonable one, and as he smugly accepts when you concede you will know he has purchased his ticket.
3. The person with the least amount of interest in a relationship has the most power.
4. The principle of contrasts: When you offer two things that are different, the differences are emphasized. So if you offer someone an absurd choice and then a less absurd choice, the absurd choice seems more absurd and the less absurd seems even more normal.
5. When negotiating, you have to be perceived to be bargaining in good faith; people like a compromise but not when they’re getting effed.
6. People like being owed favors; someone doesn’t like you or has their guard up? Ask to borrow a pencil from them. (This is why it is sometimes rude to refuse when a host offers something; they subconsciously want to be owed something.)
7. Want something from someone that seems unlikely to give it to you? Tack on “because” at the end of it. It is a trigger; people assume there must be a good reason. Need to cut in line at the bank? Say it is because pigs are flying over the moon. Many people will let you ahead without a second thought. Obviously the more plausible the because the better it will stand up to scrutiny.
8. Self-testing is a more effective way of learning than re-reading because you practice retrieving information from long-term memory.
9. People can’t think logically when they are angry.
10. If someone starts whittling a sharp stick mid-conversation, they aren’t particularly fond of you.
11. Most people seem to love talking about themselves, but they do not like listening to someone else talk about him/herself. When you’re in a conversation with someone, if you actively participate in the conversation, keep it light, and keep it focused on them, they will generally like you.
12. Recency and primacy – people best remember what you say first and last and forget stuff in the middle.
13. You can tell if someone is smiling for real and not faking it by looking at the outside corner of their eyes, if they have crows feet, they are probably sincere. If not they are faking.
14. Performing physical actions in sync with a group will make the group more cohesive, even if they were complete strangers before.
15. If you’re having a conversation with someone, you can get them to continue speaking by simply being quiet and making eye contact. This trick is often used by reporters who want someone they’re interviewing to continue on a subject.
16. You are only aware of information that you explicitly attend to.
17. Next time you try to convince someone to do something, use the word “because.”
18. Humans, in general, will prefer a short-term gain to a long-term gain, even in the occurrence that the long-term gain is much greater than the other.
19. Men and women are both intrinsically attracted to the color red. Wear red and you’ll appear more attractive on the subconscious level.
20. People’s feet point to the person they are most interested in.
21. The more you repeat something, the less it has value.
22. The placebo effect works even when you know the pill, treatment, whatever, is a placebo.
23. If you try and stop thinking about something. You’ll just subconsciously keep thinking about it. It’s best to let the thought keep flowing and eventually get suppressed by all your other thoughts.
24. When in an interview situation, subtly mimic the interviewer’s body language. It establishes a connection very quickly.
25. Listen close to people. They will project their innermost thoughts on outside objects. As they judge they perceive only themselves.
26. To really learn about people’s strengths don’t blindly accept what they say about themselves but see how they react to a tense or challenging situation when their guard is down.
27. Another good way to learn about the character of someone is to see how they deal with the so-called ‘little people’ around them – junior staff, people from humble backgrounds, people who have no power or influence. Someone who can treat people who are of no value to them with courtesy and respect while not being patronizing or condescending is a true class act.
28. If you want to learn about people’s prejudices, listen closely to who they blame anytime something majorly bad happens in the world. In many cases, their comments will tell you little about the event, but lots of their deeply held and highly biased views.
29. If you want someone to like you, often the best way to do this is to show a genuine interest in them and the things they hold dear. In other words get them to talk about themselves.
30. Make jokes. People will open themselves to you.
31. Don’t use the word “subconscious” around psychologists, it’s a pop-psych word.
32. Most people are sheep and want a leader. Be confident and you run things. Ironically, people love to hate leaders.
33. It’s more useful to give people compliments when they do well than it is to shout at them when they do badly.
34. If you cut or harm your hand, cross your hands over, your brain will instinctively become confused (left hand where right hand should be) and the pain will lessen.
All of these psychological tricks may work well if the execution is right. With the right timing, you’ll gain everything you want.
Although some of these tricks are scientifically tested, some aren’t. However, if you are skillful enough in managing social situations, you’ll always be many steps ahead. Thus, your life will become easier.
I’m a licensed psychometrician, author, and blogger. I’m currently working as a University instructor teaching psychology. I love writing and doing psychological research.