- You can remind yourself to do any task by leaving a random object in the middle of the floor on your way out of a room. When you come back in, you’ll see the object and remember why you left it there. Works every time.
- Changing the words you use to describe or talk about something can help change your association with that thing. We develop a pile of emotional context around the words we use, by changing the words, we can change the context.
- If you want someone to agree with what you’re saying, nod while saying it. They’ll unconsciously nod back, which tricks their brain into believing that what’s being said is a fact.
- When I get to a boring party, I always go back out to a store and buy a coconut. As soon as it’s on the table, people immediately approach it, and begin to lively discuss how to open it. After that, communication is established and the party becomes more fun.
- When someone asks me a question that I don’t want to answer, I always say, “Why do you ask?” It’s my go-to.
Which of these tricks would you like to try? What other psychological hacks do you know of? You can share them with others in the comments.