The human mind is not a terribly logical or consistent place, “wrote Jim Butcher. This is an understatement. The human mind is, in fact, a complete madhouse. This can be frustrating when the psychological functioning of others prevents them from appreciating our ideas. However, it can be wonderful when we learn to embrace chaos and use it to our advantage. The following are 10 psychological tricks that will help you take advantage of certain situations.

10 ways to profit from your conflicts

Here are ten psychological tricks that can help you make a profit out of certain situations or problems.

Ask someone you don’t like for a favor

If you want to beat a person you seem to dislike, ask them for a very small favor. Most people will not refuse to help another person with something trivial. This will put them in a collaborative attitude and help them see you as a member of the team.

See only your goal in the midst of chaos

If you find yourself struggling to make your way through a crowded place, set your sights squarely on your destination. People will subconsciously look into the eyes of those around them to open the way for them. That way, they will inherently understand where you are going and will clear your path.

If you are looking for someone to help you do it while you are talking to them

If you want someone to help you carry something, for example, hand it over while you are talking. Most people will pay more attention to your words than to your actions and will instinctively pick up the pack. Even if they are distracted, they will likely help you rather than interrupt you mid-sentence.

Yawn to know who is spying on you

If you want to know if someone is watching you or not, yawn. If they are looking at you, they are likely to unintentionally copy this action.

Disguise a single option that you want in several ways

If you want someone to behave in a certain way, give them options within the limits of the desired behavior. For example, instead of “Could you please have a vegetable with your dinner?” Ask “Would you like me to make carrots tonight, or would you rather have green beans?” This gives the other person a sense of control and makes them think that the decision was yours.

Paraphrase if you want someone to think you hear it

It is not that you should always do this, but we understand that sometimes you have to do it so as not to disrespect someone who suddenly chose you to tell you what they were urged to talk about, but that you were not willing to listen. If you want someone to think that you are a fantastic listener, paraphrase their words with them. Be subtle with this tactic. Don’t duplicate your words too exactly.

Finish the song that you can’t get out of your head

If you have a song in your head and it’s driving you crazy, follow it to the end. It is more difficult to get rid of a song if our brain thinks that we left it unfinished.

Nod your head if you want someone to agree with you

If you want someone to agree with your position, nod while you’re explaining it. Chances are, your audience will unintentionally imitate you. Because they are nodding while listening to your words, they will be predisposed to agree with them. Nodding your head is also a sign of trust and confidence in your position. Avoid shaking your head for the same reasons.

Greet a person you want to like with warm hands

If you want a special person to like you, warm your hands before shaking hands. Warm hands reassure people, while cold hands make them uncomfortable.

“I learned it from my grandmother”

If you want people to believe that you are giving them good advice, tell them that you learned it from your mother / father / grandmother. People give more weight to the advice of an older family member, especially if you speak of them with respect and authority.

Do you doubt the power of some of these tricks? Go and try them today. Taking advantage of what you thought might be impossible to handle, it can be just as effective with a little psychological trick to get out of special situations. Use these tactics to give your speeches, relationships, and job performance an edge. After all, as George Harrison once said, “it’s all in the mind.”

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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