The idea and term reverse psychology was coined in 1970 by two German psychologists, Horkheimer and Adorno. Reverse psychology is a technique, if mastered, can do wonders. It will help you get what you want or desire from people by making them say, do or believe in exactly what you need them to. Obviously, you won’t be able to master it in one article, but here are some tips to help you get started:
Learn to judge character
It’s a known fact that people who get irritated easily or are overly confident and emotional tend to get trapped easily. Every human being has the personality traits which don’t allow them to ignore the things you say while using the magic of reverse psychology. For example, if you express doubt on a confident person’s ability to do a thing they will eventually fall in your trap!
Make them think it’s their decision
Try using reverse psychology when you are in an argument with someone, the trick is to say things exactly opposite to your desired goal. This might sound strange but the argumentative nature of that person will automatically take an around turn and they will agree to your opinion or decision.
Don’t forget to stay calm
One of the key strategies in the practice of reverse psychology is to keeping calm in all situations. By staying calm and relaxed, you will have control over your attitude and it will give you power to pick any emotional clues which you can use to manipulate them.
Try to stay on board
There is no doubt that reverse psychology is a tricky business to handle. The main thing is to not get sidetracked by your strategy to lose sight of your end goal. Try focusing on your key objective in mind, will help you to get your point across.
The classic ‘challenge’ technique
As mentioned before, the easiest and best way to use reverse psychology is to challenge the person. All you must do is express to the opinion that he/she can’t do a task and they will do it to prove you wrong!