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3 Useful Psychological Tricks That Make You A Communication Expert

3 Useful Psychological Tricks That Make You A Communication Expert

The human brain is a mysterious and amazing thing. Although all of the brain’s secrets have not yet been revealed, scientists have discovered some things about the way it works. These discoveries have given us insight into how to influence people’s decisions.

That’s right, you can actually get people to do what you want! All you need to know are these 3 psychological tricks:

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1. As Follow Up Questions Or Paraphrase What They’ve Said

The next time you find yourself in a conversation with somebody, try reflective listening as one of your psychological tricks. To do this, ask the person follow up questions or paraphrase what they’ve said. Reflective listening lets your conversation partner know that you care about what they have to say.

In one study, a group of psychology students received either a 14, 28, or 42-hour reflective listening training programs. After the training, volunteers then participated as counselors in role-playing sessions. The individuals who received longer training had a closer relationship with their counseling “patients”. The patients disclosed more personal information during sessions with these participants.

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This is easy for you to do, too. Just listen to what they say and repeat it back in the form of a question. For example, “So you prefer apple pie over cherry pie?” They’ll know that you were listening. Practicing reflective listening in your next conversation will make your friends feel more comfortable.

2. Use A Visual Guide

Using a visual guide is a great way to get people to believe what you’re saying. Presenting information with graphs, charts, and visual data, is one of the most convincing psychological tricks. Particularly, when the visual information presented seems to be scientific in nature.

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Why is this true? As Aner Tal of Cornell University, the co-author of a study about the effects of scientific-looking images in advertising,  says, “When people are presented with something that appears to be based on objective data or scientific evidence it makes product claims more convincing.” Participants in this study were shown a short message about the immune-boosting properties of certain medicine. Half of the group was also shown a bar graph to collaborate the claim. When asked about the effectiveness of the medicine, 96% of the participants who saw the bar graph believed the medication worked and only 67% of the participants who saw only the message believed the same.

Give it a try next time you want somebody to believe your argument. People are far more likely to relate to your visual images, even if it’s something simple. You could bold your text or give it a colorful background to draw attention to what you want to say.

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3. Ask How They Feel

The last of our psychological tricks is to ask somebody how they feel before asking for a favor. Let’s say it’s Friday evening and you really want to get out of work on time. But, there’s one task left to finish. Before you ask your co-worker to do you the favor, first ask about their week and maybe about weekend plans. When the conversation becomes friendly, then you can ask for the favor.

Why does this work? It works on the grounds of the norm of reciprocity, which states that people will return benefits. By showing interest in somebody, you’ve made them feel better about themselves and put them in a friendly mood. In this situation, it would be almost impossible to turn down your request.

Now that you have some great psychological tricks, go out and use them! But, use these tricks responsibly. Too many times, influencing people to do what you want can lead to negative consequences. We see this all the time in politics. Make sure to only use these tricks to improve your friendships and work relationships by getting people to like you more.

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Last Updated on September 17, 2019

10 Simple Ways To Always Think Positive Thoughts

10 Simple Ways To Always Think Positive Thoughts

Positive thinking can lead to a lot of positive change in your life. Developing an optimistic outlook can be good for both your physical and mental health.

But sometimes, certain situations arise in life that makes it hard to keep a positive outlook. Take steps to make positive thinking become more like your second nature and you’ll reap the biggest benefits.

Here are 10 ways to make thinking positive thoughts easy:

1. Spend Time with Positive People

If you surround yourself with constant complainers, their negativity is likely to rub off on you.

Spend time with positive friends and family members to increase the likelihood that their positive thinking habits will become yours too. It’s hard to be negative when everyone around you is so positive.

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2. Take Responsibility for Your Behavior

When you encounter problems and difficulties in life, don’t play the role of the victim. Acknowledge your role in the situation and take responsibility for your behavior.

Accepting responsibility can help you learn from mistakes and prevent you from blaming others unfairly.

3. Contribute to the Community

One of the best ways to feel good about what you have, is to focus on what you have to give.

Volunteer in some manner and give back to the community. Helping others can give you a new outlook on the world and can assist you with positive thinking.

4. Read Positive and Inspirational Materials

Spend time each day reading something that encourages positive thinking. Read the Bible, spiritual material, or inspirational quotes to help you focus on what’s important to you in life. It can be a great way to start and end your day.

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5. Recognize and Replace Negative Thoughts

You won’t be successful at positive thinking if you’re still plagued by frequent negative thoughts. Learn to recognize and replace thoughts that are overly negative. Often, thoughts that include words like “always” and “never” signal that they aren’t true.

If you find yourself thinking something such as, “I always mess everything up,” replace it with something more realistic such as, “Sometimes I make mistakes but I learn from them.”

There’s no need to make your thoughts unrealistically positive, but instead, make them more realistic.

6. Establish and Work Toward Goals

It’s easier to be positive about problems and setbacks when you have goals that you’re working toward. Goals will give you motivation to overcome those obstacles when you encounter problems along the way. Without clear goals, it’s harder to make decisions and gauge your progress.

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Learn to set SMART goals to help you achieve more.

7. Consider the Consequences of Negativity

Spend some time thinking about the consequences of negative thinking. Often, it can become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

For example, a person who thinks, “I probably won’t get this job interview,” may put less effort into the interview. As a result, he may decrease his chances of getting the job.

Create a list of all the ways negative thinking impacts your life. It likely influences your behavior, your relationships, and your feelings. Then, create a list of the ways in which positive thinking could be beneficial.

8. Offer Compliments to Others

Look for reasons to compliment others. Be genuine in your praise and compliments, but offer it frequently. This will help you look for the good in other people.

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9. Create a Daily Gratitude List

If you start keeping a daily gratitude list, you’ll start noticing exactly how much you have to be thankful for. This can help you focus on the positive in your life instead of thinking about all the bad things that have happened in the day.

Getting in the habit of showing an attitude of gratitude makes positive thinking more of a habit. Here’re 40 Simple Ways To Practice Gratitude.

10. Practice Self-Care

Take good care of yourself and you’ll be more equipped to think positively.

Get plenty of rest and exercise and practice managing your stress well. Taking care of your physical and mental health will provide you with more energy to focus on positive thinking.

Learn about these 30 Self-Care Habits for a Strong and Healthy Mind, Body and Spirit.

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