The human brain is one of the most complex, yet highly fascinating organs in the human body.
Understanding it can be crucial in certain social situations, which is why we’re looking at several psychology tricks you probably hadn’t heard of in today’s article.
Benefits Of Psychology Tricks
When it comes to communicating with other people, having a basic understanding of how psychology works can be hugely beneficial.
It enables us to communicate better, it can help improve social, professional, and romantic relationships, and it can help establish new relationships in the process.
When it comes to bettering oneself, psychology can be very important.
Whether you want to better read other individuals, better your learning and communicating skills, influence other people, or simply learn more about the human psyche, the following tricks will do wonders.
They’re easy to follow, even easier to understand, and very simple to implement.
Check them out and be sure to let us know what you think in the end.
Ask for a favor
Psychology is a funny old topic.
Almost as funny as we human beings for that matter.
The first of many psycho tricks that you’re going to read about today, can be traced way back to the days of Benjamin Franklin.
The stories go that ole’ Benjamin wasn’t liked by a certain individual, and being the kind-hearted person that he was, Benjamin wanted to get one over on his hater and win him around.
Ben asked the individual if he could borrow a rare book from the man.
Once the man obliged, Ben went out of his way to thank him graciously over and over again.
This took the man by surprise as he saw a whole new side to Franklin.
They started talking, struck up a rapport, and went on to become great friends.
Years later, psychologists and scientists decided to test out this theory and found that those who asked a group of volunteers for favors were rated far more favorable than the researchers who did not ask the volunteers for favors.
The basic thinking behind this theory is that, if a person agrees to do you a favor, subconsciously they believe that you were worth doing the favor for and making an effort for in the first place.
Put simply, if you don’t like somebody, you’re unlikely to want to do them any favors.
So, with that being said, the next time you ask somebody for a favor, pay close attention to how they respond.
Another of the tricks we’re going to look at today is all about extracting information from certain individuals.
If there’s somebody that you want to open up to you, or who you feel may be hiding something from you, try the following: Simply ask them a question and gauge their response.
See whether their response seems open and honest, or whether they only respond partially or as if they may not be telling you everything.
Now, be sure to maintain eye contact and don’t say a word for a few seconds.
The awkward silence and eye contact will likely make them feel a little uncomfortable and to break the tension they’ll likely reveal what they’ve been hiding.
If you can bare the few seconds of awkwardness, eye contact and silence are a great way of getting people to open up to you.
Break Conflict With Food
Let’s face it, food is life, so any excuse you can find to eat is surely a win right off the bat?
If you’re with a group of friends, colleagues, or anybody else, and you can sense that an argument or altercation is about to break out, be sure to have food handy.
The reason for this is not so you have something to snack on as you watch the fight unfold right before your eyes.
The reason for having snacks is so that you can start eating to break the conflict.
You see, experts rationalize that people will likely only eat when they are in a comfortable and relaxed environment.
Eating is relaxing, it conjures up feelings of happiness (especially if there’s pizza) and it will help to put others at ease and calm things down.
If you’re arguing with somebody you care about and you want to diffuse the situation, again, start eating for that very same reason.
The story goes that not too long ago, two men were arguing and on the brink of getting into a fistfight with one another.
Suddenly, between the two men stepped a man holding a mighty slice of pizza.
He helped calm the situation and even offered the two men a bite.
He was dubbed the ‘snack man’.
It’s not quite Batman, but hey, it’s another win for pizza, right?
Ask For More
If you’re looking to win someone around, the ‘door in the face approach’ as it is sometimes called, is another example of how tricks can be useful in the modern world.
To start with, simply throw a ridiculously large request at somebody, which you know they will almost certainly refuse.
That’s okay, though, because you were banking on this and so you then come back with a less obscene request, which is the thing you wanted in the first place.
The thinking behind psychology tricks like these is that the individual you asked in the first place will feel guilty for refusing you the first time around, and so when you ask for something perfectly reasonable, they will feel obligated to oblige you the second time around.
It may sound a little manipulative but sometimes the thing you’re asking for could potentially be put to good use for the greater good.
Use A Person’s Name Or Title
What’s in a name?
It turns out, that to some people, a name is everything.
According to the author of How to Win Friends and Influence People, hearing your name is the sweetest sound in the world.
Your name defines who you as it is your identity.
Hearing your name validates your entire purpose and existence and gives the situation a much more personal touch.
It also endears the person who used our name to us, as we’re used to people near and dear to us using our names.
If you’re looking to positively influence somebody, use their name or address them by their title.
If you want to solidify a friendship, for example, start addressing the friend in question as ‘mate’ or ‘friend’ or ‘buddy’.
If there’s somebody you’re hoping will one day hire you, you could address them as ‘boss’ or ‘governor’ or something authoritative along those lines.
Just be sure not to overdo it, as the last thing you want to do is sound corny or as if you’re living in a Charles Dickens novel set in London during Victorian times.
Kill An Earworm
Even though the word ‘earworm’ may sound disgusting, it’s actually a term used to describe the situation in which you find yourself with a song stuck in your head, playing over and over and yet despite this, you can’t remember who sang it or what it was called.
It can drive you crazy!
There are many tricks out there that are designed to help you in this situation, yet we believe that this is by far the best.
Sadly, this technique will be unlikely to help you remember the name of the song, but it will get it out of your head so you can focus on more pressing tasks at hand.
When replaying the song over and over again in your head, skip the beginning and the middle and instead go right to the end of the song.
Now, the song has completed its cycle and has ended so your mind can basically reset itself.
As an added bonus, you’ll likely find that the next time you do think about the song, the name will instantly spring to mind once again.
Flattery Will Get You Everywhere
When talking about surprising tricks, this next example will probably not be all that surprising.
Despite this, we’re including it anyway.
Psychologists have found that, if you want to positively influence people, paying them a sincere compliment will work wonders.
It’s important to be sincere with your compliments, rather than lying, as lies are easily picked up on.
If for example, you see somebody you’ve not seen for a while and you can see that they’ve lost weight and are looking healthier for it, be sure to let them know.
Speak from the heart and tell them how much better they’re looking for it.
This will lift their spirits, it will motivate them, it will validate their weight loss efforts and it will show them that their hard work is paying off.
If however, you see somebody that has been trying to lose weight but doesn’t appear to have lost a single pound, do not mention their weight and don’t lie about them looking slimmer.
This will come across as insincere and will work against you.
Instead, look for other positives in their demeanor and perhaps mention how well they’re looking.
Basically, when complimenting people, speak from the heart and look for the good in them, rather than lying and forcing a compliment, which will come across as fake.
Mimic Other’s Behavior
Mirroring the behavior of others is another example of how powerful mind tricks can be with very little effort.
The great thing about we humans is that we’re all unique and we all have our own unique quirks and mannerisms.
Experts have found that individuals that have their behavior mirrored by somebody else are much more likely to act more favorably to the person that mimicked their behavior in the first place.
What’s more, studies have also found strong evidence which suggests that people that have had their behavior mirrored are far more likely to be kind and friendly to other people in the outside world.
There is no definitive answer for why that is, but the most likely possibility is the fact that by having their behavior mirrored by others, the individuals in question feel validated and as if they belong as a part of society.
This, in turn, lifts their spirits, boosts their self-esteem, and improves their mental health.
People that feel happier and more confident are more likely to be kind to others than people that feel low, miserable, and self-conscious and out of place.
Nod Your Head
So far we’ve learned about some pretty interesting tricks in this article, and as complex, as they’ve been, this next one is painfully simple.
All you have to do is nod your head.
If you’re trying to get somebody to agree to something, perhaps such as coming to a party you’re throwing or going on a well-deserved day out, then as you make the suggestion, simply nod your head at the same time.
The fact that you’re nodding can subconsciously cause the individual you want to agree with you to believe that what you’re saying is true.
They will likely agree with what you’re saying, nod their head, and that’s pretty much that.
Please do not think that all you need to do to get what you want is nod your head when requesting something because people are not idiots and they will quickly see through your act if you aren’t careful.
As you can see, there are plenty of fascinating psychology tricks out there for you to try, and so hopefully the ones that you’ve read about today will prove useful in certain social situations.
The human brain is a fascinating organ, so why not try to subtly put the tricks you’ve learned today to good use and see how far they get you?