Our brain is a funny thing. A small thing said or done, can manipulate our minds to a large extent. Fun right? Let’s check out some really cool psychology tricks which will definitely make you feel like Freud.
Crack a joke and observe the people who are laughing around you. People who feel close to each other will be looking at each other. This is useful for discerning out friendships and other relationships.
If you know someone who is mad at you or has it out for you, sit next to them in a particular meeting, this will reduce the confrontation level.
To know if someone is interested in a conversation look at their feet, if they are pointing towards you, they are. If they are pointing sideways or any other direction, they aren’t. Feet don’t lie.
Offer someone a choice instead of a command. For example, instead of saying drink your milk to a toddler, ask which mug would he/she like to drink milk from. This gives the person a sense of control hence produces a higher chance of a better outcome.
When in a conversation keep your silence even after they have finished speaking. More often than not, they will start talking again to avoid the awkward silence. This one can totally freak people out. Tried and tested.
People are more likely to agree to do a task for you if you ask them to do something simpler first. Gradual Commitment, makes people them think you like them. Even if, deep down, you want them to burn. *evil laugh*
Avoid the sidewalk shuffle by looking intently over the person’s shoulder, or between people’s heads in a group. Your gaze shows the crowd where you’re going. They’ll drift towards the opposite side or create a gap to avoid you. Try it the next time you’re out catching a train.
When you’re approaching a situation that would make you nervous like public speaking or bungee jumping, chew on a gum. If we are ‘eating’ something, our brain reasons it like ‘I would not be eating if I were danger. So I must not be in danger’. Chewing gum all the time, however, will just make you look like a cow.
Best way to handle a situation when someone is angry with you. If you stay calm, and not react,it’ll get them even angrier, and be ashamed about it after, and apologise. Been on both sides of the fence on this one, trust me, keeping calm is the best thing.
My favourite. To plant a seed of idea in someones mind, ask them to not think of a particular thing at all. Lets say I ask you to NOT think about ELEPHANTS. What are you thinking of? 😉 Have fun trying these out.