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12 Incredible Psychological Tricks That Can Change People’s Behavior (Use Only With Good Intentions)

Psychology is a fascinating subject to study because it reveals some of the mysteries of the human mind.

When you learn some of the principles of psychology, you can use them to change people’s behavior around you. There are a number of tricks that let you do this.

Some of these tricks below are really powerful and should only be used with good intentions.

Try them out and let the magic unfold.

1) The Conversation Conditioner

You can have real fun with this trick. When talking to someone, choose a word that another person has said. Whenever, they use that word or something close to it, simply offer an affirmation, nod or smile. Do this and watch how the person repeats the word every time.

2) The Talk and Carry

If you want someone to carry something of yours, like your books, then do this. Keep talking while handing your books to them. The person will carry your things, unconsciously.

3) The Paternal Guide

If you are one of the individuals who people don’t take seriously and you wish they did, then try out this super fun trick to make them do just that. Tell them that whatever advice you are giving is what your dad had said. People tend to trust advice offered by fathers.

4) Rock Paper Scissors

If you want to win every single time at rock paper scissors then ask someone a question right before starting the game. If you ask, then immediately start into the “rock, paper, scissors” chant, they’ll almost always defensively throw scissors.

5) The Path Finder

If you want to clear through a crowded subway, street or anything similar, then direct your eyes towards the pathway you want to go and watch the crowd follow it. The crowd usually look at other people’s eyes to make the decision of which way to walk. 

6) Make Your Kids Eat Broccoli Like Candies 

It’s a tough job to make kids eat broccoli or brussel sprouts. Here’s how you can trick them to eat broccoli. Instead of asking them to eat broccoli, try giving them a choice between 2 stalks and 5 stalks of broccoli. They will choose the least number and end up eating broccoli.

7) Become Agreeable Instantly

Here’s how you can persuade others to agree with you. Nod your head whenever you are asking a question. This will make the person believe that they agree with your words and ultimately agree with you.

8) Information Magnet

Want to get something out of a person? Ask him/her a question, keep quiet for a few seconds and maintain eye contact. This will automatically make the other person talk and divulge all the necessary information.

9) Confront Your Nemesis

If you think someone is about to bad-mouth you in a meeting or a group situation, sit next to that person. It’s extremely awkward talking bad about someone and being aggressive when they’re so close. This will prevent the person to become less aggressive and insulting since they are sitting close to you.

10) Build Attraction

If you want someone to like you, make sure to keep your hands warm and before shaking shaking the hand of that person. Warms hands make you seem trustworthy, inviting and friendly. Also follow up with this by mimicking the other person’s posture and actions. It will make it look like you two are a good fit for each other.

11) Stalker Detector 

Do you feel like someone is watching over you? Follow this simple technique. Yawn and look at the next person. If they also yawn then they have been watching you as yawning is contagious.

12) The Earworm Destroyer

Have a song stuck in your head that you want to forget? According to the Zeigarnik effect, your mind tends to think of things left unfinished, so thinking of the end of the song will close the loop and allow you to get the song out of your head.

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Written by Lachlan Brown

I’m Lachlan Brown, the editor of Ideapod and founder of Hack Spirit. I love writing practical articles that help others live a mindful and better life. I have a graduate degree in Psychology and I’ve spent the last 6 years reading and studying all I can about human psychology and practical ways to hack our mindsets. If you to want to get in touch with me, hit me up on Twitter or Facebook.

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