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Have you ever heard that phrase: “Anything that is forbidden is more delicious”? Have you ever wanted to do the exact opposite of what the conduct advice says? Yes, sorry to say it, but you were under the effects of reverse psychology.
The principle of reverse psychology is freedom. We have a great need to feel free and to feel that our free will is fully operational.
The big question is: a lot of people, knowing how reverse psychology works, try to use it to manipulate the people around them. Do you remember when you were little, and your mom would say something like “You can’t eat this”, and you did exactly the opposite?
Now you finally know why you started to love broccoli! Reverse psychology is nothing more than feeling our freedom threatened, and wanting to do the exact opposite in order to reaffirm our power over our actions!
Of course, this device tends to work more with children between the ages of 2 and 4, as they don’t have the cognitive system sufficiently developed to understand that someone is trying to manipulate their thoughts. However, after 4 years, the child already has more personality, and begins to understand the psychological games of adults.
Another interesting fact is that reverse psychology tends to work best on stubborn, angry, and overly emotional people because they are more willing to prove their worth, while calmer, more complacent people don’t fall for it so much. trap.
Now that you know how much “forbidden” things bother you, take extra care when communicating with others: sometimes someone is playing with your emotions, and you don’t even know it. And, of course, feel free to try your hand at manipulating someone, even if we don’t recommend it!
Nobody deserves to try to convince a child to eat all the vegetables, right? But in the end, it’s a shame that this technique does not work with other animals, it would be great to teach dogs to pee in the right place with reverse psychology …
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