Communication can make or break your reputation and relationship with people. While dealing with people you should know and use these useful psychological tricks to accomplish things much more smoothly.
Here are some cool and easy to implement psychological tricks that will give you a leg up in professional or personal endeavours.
You don’t need much practice plus they work on any person you meet in your daily life.
1. Look into someone’s eyes when you want to extract more information
This psychological trick is very useful when you get a dissatisfactory answer or want to know more about a person or any situation or event.
If you want to know about something from someone: ask them a question and when they are done answering, keep silent for a few seconds and maintain eye contact.
They will open up, tell you some more stuff, almost everything.
Unlike repeating or asking more questions, staring at eyes make the person feel under pressure and force them to share more details and elaborate their thoughts.
2. Keep standing when you want to convince someone over something
If you want to convince a person for a deal or to sign a project, standing is a useful psychological trick. This makes the sitting people believe you sooner.
That said, your standing posture must be convincing i.e your legs are in line with your shoulders and your weight is evenly on both feet. Your body is relaxed and chest is open and back is straight.
Such convincing standing posture will enhance your impressiveness.
3. Assuming that everyone one likes you is the key to confidence:
The key to confidence is walking into a room and assume that everyone already likes you.
This is one of the useful psychological tricks that boosts positive feelings inside you, making you less nervous in dealing with people.
4. Remember everyone’s name if you want to boost your connections
This is one of the wonderful psychological tricks to become famous among your friends and colleagues.
Refer to people you’ve just met by their first name. People love being referred to by their name, it makes them feel special and it will establish a sense of trust and friendship right away.
Example: “Nice to meet you, Kabir. So, Kabir how do you know Naina?” And continue to repeat name throughout the conversation.
5. Spot if a person is attracted to you
Their eyes start blinking more than usual during a conversation with you.
6. Spot the difference between a fake smile and a real one.
You can find out if someone is smiling for real or faking it by looking at their eyes. Wrinkles form near eye corners when the smile is genuine.
7. Pay attention to people’s feet.
To know if someone is interested in a conversation, look at their feet. If they are pointing towards you, they are genuinely enjoying talking to you. If they are pointing sideways or any other direction, their mind is somewhere else. Feet don’t lie.
This is a nice psychological tricks to decide whether to join a conversation or to move on.
8. Find a group of people who feel close to each other
When at a party or a meeting, 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.
Laughing admirers reveal who enjoys who’s company the most at your office, or within your group of friends.
9. Offer someone a choice instead of a command
This will make people do what you want them to do.
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.
10. Stay calm to win an argument
If the person arguing loses his temper and starts shouting, the natural human tendency is to shout back. Don’t! Stay calm and reply in silence. This will piss them off even more. Try it! It works.
Anger makes a person loudmouth and if you shout back it will provoke their aggressive behavior. Being calm can quiet the aggressor, subside anger and guilt will set in. And usually this person is first to ask for forgiveness.
11. Mirror people’s body language to build up trust.
If you subtly mimic the body language of the person you’re talking to, you can effectively build up trust with them.
By mirroring the way they speak and how they move they’ll like you more, because, to them, it will seem as if you are pretty good compatible.
12. Inception to plant an idea in someone’s mind
To plant a seed of an idea in someone’s mind, ask them to not think of a particular thing at all. Let’s say I ask you to NOT think about ELEPHANTS. What are you thinking of?
13. Right posture will give you an upper hand when dealing with people.
You can apply this psychological trick for both work and pleasure.
Whether you are at work or dating someone, maintaining the right sitting and standing posture can drastically improve your outcomes.
A right posture is a powerful language, which can tremendously boost your confidence.
14. Make people feel needed when you ask for help.
Whenever you need help, always start with the phrase, ‘I need your help…’
It will increase your chances to get the help you need. Because people hate feeling guilty and like to feel needed. So, this psychological trick will always work in personal and professional endeavours.
According to Ben Franklin effect, when people do someone a favour they will eventually like them more than they did before. So ask for help and you are highly likely to make more friends.
15. Warm your hands before shaking hands with others.
Cold hands are linked to distrust!
Surprised? Well, you read it write. When your hands are warm, people feel a friendly atmosphere and that’s an added advantage for you.
So, rub your hands together before a firm handshake and you will surely make a first good impression.
16. Yawning helps you detect the stalker.
If you feel someone is stalking you and want to be sure, then just yawn.
But, make sure others can see when you yawn. After yawning turn and look at them. If they are yawning, its confirmed they were intently watching you or interested in you.
This is one of the most effective psychological tricks because yawning is contagious.
17. Sit close to the aggressor to avoid attack.
If you are to have a meeting with an aggressive person and you are sure there will be a heated argument, make sure to sit next to that person.
Sitting in close proximity will make the aggressor feel uncomfortable, because things look more personal now, which cannot be hidden in group’s circle. And that lessens their level of aggression that they plan to exercise.
18. Nodding will make people agree with what your saying.
When you are speaking or sharing an important information with people or trying to make an impression on someone, start nodding. This is “always agreeable” strategy.
The nodding action makes the listeners believe what you’re saying is actually true. As a result, they will most likely begin to nod as well, and agree with you.
19. Fatherly advice will make people believe you.
If you are stating something to someone and don’t want them to doubt your judgment, mention that your father gave this advice.
People are more likely to believe the father figure’s advice in one attempt.
20. Look in the direction you want to go to clear your path in the crowded places.
It’s always tough to quickly come out of crowded places. Isn’t it?
The best thing to do is to look in the direction you want to go and don’t look at the people around you or your friends or at your phone.
When you focus on where you’re headed, people will make an effort to move out of your way. Because they are well aware of your mission and will naturally move out of the way.
These are 20 useful psychological tricks for you to ace your interview, crack a business deal, make a first impression on your date, get admiration from people, boost your communication skills and self-improvement.
Give it a try and let us know in comments which one worked for you.
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