What are 20 Psychological Hacks?

  1. When you first meet people, try yo notice their eye color while also smiling at them. It might be because you look for a second or two longer, but all I can tell you is that people will definitely respond to it.
  2. People are extraordinary aware of their sense of touch. If someone (let’s say, a member of the opposite sex) “accidentally” rests their knee (or any part of body) on yours, then let’s say, they know it’s there.
  3. If you make the biggest smile you can, you will automatically feel happier 🙂
  4. The moment your alarm wakes you up, immediately react by sitting up, pump your fists and shout ‘yeah’ !
  5. Pay attention to peoples’s feet. If you approach two people in a middle of a conversation, and they only turn their torsos and not their feet, they don’t want you to join the conversation. Similarly if you are in a conversation with others who you think are paying attention to you, and their torso is turned towards you but their feet are facing in another direction, they want the conversation to end.
  6. Foot-in-the-door phenomenon. People are more likely to agree to do a task for you if you ask them to do something simpler first.
  7. If you ask someone to do you a small favor, cognitive dissonance will unconsciously make them believe that, because they did that favor, they must like you.
  8. If you ask someone a question and they only partially answer, just wait. If you stay silent and keep eye contact, they will usually continue talking.
  9. Chew gum when you’re approaching a situation that makes you nervous, like public speaking or asking out a girl (well in my case). Apparently if we are eating something, our brains trip and it reasons “I’d not be eating if I were in danger, so I’m not in danger.”
  10. Avoid the sidewalk shuffle by looking intently over the oncoming person’s shoulder, or between people’s heads if it’s a group. Your gaze shows them where you are going. They will drift toward the opposite or create a gap to avoid you.
  11. When you are studying/learning something new, teach a friend how/about it. Let them ask questions. If you are able to teach something well, you understand it.
  12. People will remember you not by what you said but by how you made them feel.
  13. If you get yourself to be really happy and excited to see other people, they will react the same to you. It doesn’t always happen the first time, but it will definitely happen next time.
  14. When people are angry at me; if I stay calm, it’ll get them even angrier and be ashamed about it after.
  15. If you have a warm hand when you shake somebody’s hand, you immediately become a more desirable person to get along with.
  16. False attribution of arousal also known as the “suspension bridge effect”: When you take somebody out on a first date, take them somewhere exciting that will get their heart beating e.g.roller coaster, a horror film, or a suspension bridge. This gets their adrenaline up. It makes them think they enjoy spending time with you rather than the activity 😉
  17. The key to confidence is walking into a room, and assuming everyone already likes you.
  18. Refer to people you have just met by their name. People love being referred to by their name, and it will establish a sense of trust and friendship right away.
  19. Studies show that when people are presented with a list of options they are most likely to pick whatever is first. The same is shown to hold true for voting.
  20. For interviews alter your psychological state beforehand. Tell yourself “I have known these people all my life. We are old friends catching up. I can’t wait to see them.” Visualize the experience, shaking hands, making eye contact, having conversation. What things can you not wait to tell them? Hold an open pose, stand with your legs apart, hands on your hips, and shoulders back when you do this and SMILE. This may sound cliche but you are in charge of your own psychological state and the power of suggestions is strong.

1 thought on “What are 20 Psychological Hacks?

  1. Very good advice. I didn’t quite know about the matter of people who turn to you but whose feet remain directed otherwise, that they don’t really want to be engaged by you. That makes sense.
    Not sure that you can depend on physical contact. “Accidental” contact can easily be misinterpreted and so can deliberately friendly contact be considered aggressive or sexual. A smile is hard to misinterpret, though I’ve seen some that made me cringe !


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