5 Psychological Tricks That Can Work On Anyone
Of course, we know that all human beings are different from each other, and unique in character. No two people are the same, but scientists have found that behavioral patterns can often emerge due to similar backgrounds, culture, language, race, gender and so much more.
There are certain things that most, if not all people have in common, and that is a subconscious reaction to the stimuli outside, like the famous “flight or fight” response. This is why there are a few psychological tricks you can play on anyone and get the same reaction.
You can use these tricks to learn something about another person, get them to do something for you, or simply just for fun. Try them out and let us know if any of them worked for you!
1. The “Yawn” Trick
Did you know that more than 50% of the time, if you see someone yawn, you’re subconsciously wired to yawn yourself? This is why its a great trick to use if you feel like someone’s watching you. Just let out a big ‘ole yawn, and if they yawn as well, you know that gut feeling was right!
2. The Over-ask
Do you need something from someone but are afraid that they might say no? What you should do instead is ask them for something that is way too much. So, for example, if you need to borrow 10 bucks from someone, ask them if you can borrow 50 bucks to buy groceries because you left your wallet at home. They’ll probably say no, but you can then ask them to at least borrow 10 bucks so you can at least get veggies for dinner tonight. They’ll feel bad for rejecting you once, and since this seems way lesser, they’re inclined to help you out.
3. Not Really A Choice
This is an ideal trick to play on your kids, and as cruel as that might sound, it can be a lifesaver at times. Kids, and even adults, like to feel like they’re in charge, so telling them to do something isn’t always effective. The better way to get them to do what you want is to make it seem like the choice is theirs. So, instead of saying “clean your room!”, say “today’s cleaning day, do you want to clean your room now or in the evening?”
4. Rock, Paper, Scissors, Go!
Become the ultimate rock, paper, scissors champion by tricking your friends. The way to do this is by asking them a question just a moment before playing it. Your opponent is most likely to throw scissors when they are confused. Don’t ask us why this works, it just does!
5. Building Trust
There are a few psychological tricks you can put to play in order to get someone to trust you. The first is to learn their name, remember it, and use it often. The other is to nod as you speak, this makes the other person more agreeable to what you’re saying. Maintaining eye contact might not seem like much of a trick, but think about it; it can make people feel more open and like they can trust you. Finally, warm handshakes instill trust, so get some gloves on before meeting someone for the first time.