6 Psychological Tricks You Should Watch Out For video
The internet is full of amateur psychology and body language advice, from nonsense about self-help to hypnotherapy for beginners disguised as dating tips. All that, if you accept good advice, is material that you can (and should) ignore.
At the same time, there are also some basic psychological and sociological truths that not only make sense but are so obvious when you listen to them that you've already known them for quite some time.
Here's a list of them - observations we've learned to trust over the years that should help you work, rest, and act more confidently.
1 | If you want someone to express that they agree with what you are saying, nod and maintain eye contact as you speak. His brain will read your nod as if you agree and the normal thing is that, by social convention, he agrees as well. Don't overdo it if you don't want to sound crazy.
2 | If you want to make a positive impact when you shake someone's hands, make sure they are not cold. It is proven that hands at a comfortable temperature leave a good feeling on the other person. Sorry, Iceman.
3 | During a presentation, take note of someone's eye color. You are not going to use that information (unless you intend to write a poem) - it is just a technique to achieve the optimal amount of eye contact, something that people consider friendly and that denotes self-confidence.
4 | People always have the clearest memory of the first and last thing that happens, while what happens in between becomes more vague and blurred. So if you are making an interview appointment, try to be the first or last to walk through the door.
5 | People's feet often give an idea of what they are thinking. For example, if you approach two people who are talking and turn their torso towards you, but not their feet, they would rather you leave them alone. Similarly, if you are talking to someone and their feet are pointing away from you, they want to run away.
6 | When laughter breaks out in a group of people, each of them will instinctively look at the individual in the group with whom they feel closest. This is a good way to find out who is having a secret affair at work.
7 | Like all worthwhile therapists, remember to use the power of silence. If someone gives you an unsatisfactory answer to a question, keep quiet and keep eye contact. Usually you will feel pressured to keep talking and reveal more.
8 | If you know that a group will attack you in a meeting, deliberately sit next to them. The proximity and mirror effect of your bodies will make them feel less comfortable to be aggressive, and it will be easier for you to do so.
9 | Asking people for small favors trains their brains to believe that they like you.
10 | As difficult as it may be, if you can get into the habit of remembering not just a person's name when you first meet them, but using it in conversation afterward, they will find it tremendously charming and wonderful.
11 | Mirroring people's body language when you interact with them is one way to build confidence. You just have to be subtle in doing it.
12 | When walking through a crowd, keep your eyes on the gaps between people rather than the people themselves. They will usually step aside in some way to let you pass.
13 | A date that involves adrenaline - roller coasters, horror movies ... - will help simulate excitement in the brain and make people think they are enjoying your company. Hopefully, they will in all situations other than those.
14 | The best way to learn is to teach. If you are learning to do something, be it a skill or a knowledge, try to get someone else to take an interest in it the first chance you get.
15 | Finally: there is nothing that matters more to people than their own image. Find out how people like to think of themselves, and use it to your advantage. And by the way, do it responsibly (this last tip and all the others).
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