You can get what you want without much effort. No seriously, you can. You just need to know a few psychological tricks for how to do it. You can easily learn hidden information, make a person react however you want, and even stop hiccupping in a flash. And most importantly, these tricks really work and have been confirmed by the personal experience of the people who shared them.
We have already tried to apply some of these hacks in our own lives. And we offer you the chance to join our “get what you want” team.
- If someone won’t stop talking or let you get a word in, drop something (your keys, a pen). Reach down to pick them up and start talking. It’s a way to interrupt without the other person realizing it.
- If someone has hiccups, ask them, “hey, what’s tofu made of?” It works like 80% of the time.
- Have a toddler that is in a bad mood? Sit down with them, look them straight in the eye, and say “You’re mad, so don’t laugh.” Just keep repeating it as seriously as you can. I’ve done it for 15 different cousins over a couple of decades, and by the fifth repetition of “DON’T LAUGH,” they are busting a gut and rolling on the floor.
- When you’re studying or learning something new, teach a friend about it. Let them ask questions. If you’re able to teach something well, that means you understand it.
- I’m a very lazy person. To motivate myself somehow, I took a graph paper notebook and marked each cell as a day of my life: one page is a little less than a year, there are only 60 pages in a notebook. Every day, when I don’t want to do something or when I have to do something I don’t like, I look at this notebook and understand that life is not that long, and I need to move forward. 25,000 days make up an average of life, so don’t waste them!
- Triangular eye movements. If you want someone to keep talking, look at one of their eyes, then the other, then the mouth. You can go on, around and around, forever and they won’t notice, it’ll look natural and like you’re paying attention. On the other hand, if you want them to shut up, just do the opposite triangle: eye-eye-forehead. They can’t really put a finger on it, but they’ll feel a little uncomfortable and won’t keep going on for too long.
- Starting phone calls with, “Did I catch you at a bad time?” Most people start conversations with “Hey, do you have a minute to talk,” which makes people defensive. Getting people to say, “No” is a key factor that allows them to open up by saying, “No, of course not, I’m not doing much anyways.”
- False attribution of arousal. When you take somebody out on a first date, take them somewhere exciting that will get their heart rate up, e.g. roller coaster or horror film. This raises their adrenaline levels. It makes them think they enjoy spending time with you, rather than doing the activity.