Have you ever had trouble interacting with people, whether it be in your personal or professional life? Have you ever wanted to get your point across but felt frustrated because people just don’t understand you?
We compiled 10 different psychological tricks that have been backed by science that can help you improve your life today.
1)GETTING SOMEONE TO AGREE WITH YOU
We have all been there. We desperately want to get our point across and people just don’t seem to understand.
If you tell someone something that you would like for them to agree with, one simple trick is to nod while you are speaking.
Science shows that if you nod every now and again while you explain something to someone it subconsciously affirms that what you are saying is true.
While this trick won’t work all the time, it has shown to be effective if used right.
Just be careful not to overdo it.
2)PROBE FOR MORE INFORMATION
Let’s say you want to get someone to tell you something and they refuse to. Or they just don’t give you enough information.
Try using this simple trick. Pausing.
Pausing the conversation for a few seconds and maintaining eye contact will often cause the person you are speaking with to feel pressured into saying more, which may lead them to elaborate on their previous response and answer your question more thoroughly.
Just understand that, by design, many people may find silence and eye contact uncomfortable, so use this trick carefully and wisely. It could very well backfire
3)MAKE A GOOD IMPRESSION
Making a good first impression can be very important. Whether you’re trying to impress a crush or are trying to crush your next job interview, the following trick could make you stand out in the best way.
The tactic is to repeat their name at various points throughout the conversation. Whether they realize it or not, most people enjoy the sound of their name.
Science says that addressing someone by their name during a conversation establishes a sense of familiarity that helps you make a more impactful first impression.
4)OVERCOME EYE CONTACT ANXIETY
Most people can admit that making eye contact while speaking with others can be very uncomfortable. Too little makes it seem like you don’t care. Too much and it can get creepy. So, what can you do?
If you experience eye contact anxiety, one simple trick is to look between the eyes of the person you are talking to rather than looking them directly in the eye.
This trick can be very effective as the person you are speaking with won’t be able to tell the difference. And you are likely to find looking them between the eyes to be much more comfortable than direct eye contact.
5)SMILIING MAKES IT BETTER
Believe it or not, smiling regardless of a person’s mood can make that person feel happier.
It has been scientifically proven that if you smile while in a bad mood, you can trick your brain into being a little happier at any given moment.
In a way, faking a smile to boost your mood is like sending a signal to your brain that you are happy at the moment – and it is a signal that your mind will often respond to by engaging the neural networks required to improve your mood.
6)ASK PEOPLE FOR FAVORS
Benjamin Franklin once said that “he that has once done you a kindness will be more ready to do you another, than he whom you yourself have obliged.”
From this quote, we get the name of a psychological trick called “the Ben Franklin effect.”
This trick states that asking someone for a favor can actually make them like you.
While it may sound counterintuitive, it has been scientifically proven that people will subconsciously rationalize their agreement to help you out by assuming that they must like you.
7)”QUOTE” YOUR FATHER
This one is a little strange but it’s just as effective as the others.
When people seem to disagree with what you’re saying, one effective way to change that is by claiming that you learned it from your father.
It doesn’t matter whether or not the person you are speaking to knows who your father is.
Right or wrong, people tend to attribute wisdom and authority to father figures, so stating that the information or advice that you are providing was first given to you by your father is a great way to give it a little more significance in the mind of others.
Don’t believe it? Try it next time you want to get someone to agree with you.
8)MIRROR BODY LANGUAGE
Are you speaking with someone new or are having an awkward moment with someone? One way to ease this awkwardness and make the other person feel more comfortable is by mirroring their body language.
Mirroring another person’s body language during your interaction with them is an easy way to make yourself come across as more trustworthy. This is something that humans tend to do to some degree when interacting with each other without even realizing it.
No, you don’t have to do exactly what the other person is doing. That would be weird. but mirroring another person’s body language by sitting in the same position as them or using your hands during the conversation in a similar way can make you come across as more trustworthy.
9)SPOT THE ADMIRER
Have you ever been in a group setting and wondered who it is that the people you are interacting with most admire?
Well, one way to get that answer is by checking people’s body language while everyone is laughing at a joke.
One easy way to spot a person’s admiration for another is to see who they turn their attention to when the group breaks out into laughter.
A person will most often glance at the person in the group that they most admire during these periods of group laughter, and spotting this glance is a simple way to tell who they are most interested in.
10)DEMONSTRATE YOUR LISTENING ABILITIES
There is a saying that goes “be interested, not interesting.”
People love talking to someone who they perceive as being a good listener. So if you want to improve your listening skills and seem more interested, you may want to try this.
Paraphrasing their statements and repeating them is a simple yet effective tactic.
The important thing about this trick is to not overdo it. You don’t want to seem like you are mocking them.
Paraphrasing a person’s statements back to them once or twice throughout a conversation is more than enough to demonstrate that you are genuinely invested in what they are saying without them noticing what you are doing.
What do you think of these tips and tricks? Will you be using them in your next social gathering? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.