What Are The Most Effective Psychological ‘Tricks’ You Use?

People use some tricks in almost every part of life; even cinema and photography. Some people use psychological tricks, that affect their lives in some way, and might think these are useful. A Reddit user asked “What is the most effective psychological ‘trick’ you use?” and here are 30 of the most interesting psychological tricks.


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My 4-year-old got into the ‘Why?’ phase a little while back. I read an article that said the best way to get them to stop was to ask them, ‘I’m not sure, what do you think?’ It is a godsend. They answer their own question, you provide some feedback, and they immediately move on. [Freaking] awesome.



I work in an office. When people stop by my desk and refuse to leave me alone, I get up and refill my water bottle while they are talking to me. Instead of walking back to my desk, I walk them to theirs. They instinctively will sit down. Then I just sever the conversation and get back to work.


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When my wife is talking to a man about something technical, often he’ll talk back to me. When that happens I turn to face my wife, which forces his attention where it should be.



To avoid workplace drama and be liked, compliment people behind their back.


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Be direct and personal when you need things. Instead of asking IF anyone has an EpiPen, ask WHO has an EpiPen. Instead of saying, ‘Someone call 911,’ point to someone and say, ‘Go call 911 and come tell me when they are on the way.



If you look happy to see someone every time you see them, they will eventually be happy to see you.


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Don’t apologise. Thank them.

When you’re delivering food that’s taken a while to cook don’t say “sorry for the delay,” say “thanks for your patience”

Saying sorry focuses on your fault. Thanking focuses on their good quality.



I currently manage around 240 people among six restaurants. It is often hard to get them to do what is needed. I have found that saying, ‘I need your help’ is effective in getting them on board. People want to feel needed and that they are making a difference. Expressing that need to them as much as possible makes all the difference in the world.


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Don’t say “it’s okay” when someone apologizes. Say something like, “thank you for apologizing.”

if someone needs to apologize to you, then it was something that isn’t okay. my mom teaches this to her kindergartners and it really does make a difference. opens doors for growth and conversation too. “thank you for apologizing, I don’t like it when you hit me.” or whatever.



Instead of asking, ‘Do you have any questions?’ I ask, ‘What questions do you have?’ The first almost always results in silence, while the second helps people feel comfortable asking questions.