The mind is an amazing thing, and once you understand how it works there are some great ways to have fun with it. If you've ever wanted to play psychologist, the next time you're bored, try these psychology tricks that will work on anybody.
The Broccoli Trick
If you want your kids to eat broccoli, ask them if they want 2 broccoli stalks or 5, instead of just asking them if they want broccoli. This way you've already made the choice for them, but they'll feel like they're getting a great deal by choosing the amount of broccoli they want. You can expand this trick to other situations, too.
The Talk And Pile
If you want your friend to carry something, for example if you have just bought some books from the bookstore and you want your friend to carry them, just keep talking to them while handing them the bag. Most people will automatically take the bag without thinking. However, some people will become confused.
The Stalker Detector
Ever get the feeling that someone is watching you, but you're not sure? Try yawning and then glancing at your suspected stalker. If they yawn, then you know they've been watching you, since yawning is contagious.
If you think someone is going to go off on you in a meeting, sit right next to them. It's extremely awkward talking bad about someone and being aggressive when they're so close. No one wants to sit right next to the person they just bad-mouthed, So they'll take it easier on you!
The Earworm Destroyer
Do you have a song stuck in your head that you'd like to forget? Think of the end of the song. According to the Zeignark effect, your mind tends to think of things left unfinished, so thinking of the end of the song will close the loop and allow you to get the song out of your head.
The Information Getter
Do you wish your mate would open up? Well ask him a question, and if he only partially answers the question, keep eye contact and remain silent for a few seconds. They will usually continue talking, maybe a bit irritated, but they will continue to talk.
Rock Paper Scissors
Become a champion at rock paper scissors by asking someone a question right before starting the game. If you ask, then immediately start into the "rock, paper, scissors" chant, they'll almost always defensively throw scissors.
The Psychic Parent
Want to make your kids think you're psychic? Catch them in the midst of doing bad, then look away for a few seconds. While looking away, or with your back to them, call them on it. They'll be amazed at how you knew.
The Paternal Wisdom
If you want people to take you seriously, tell them what you say is what your father taught you. People tend to believe fatherly advice inherently.
The Dollar Auction
Gather a group of friends together and hold up a $1 bill for auction. Tell them that whoever gets the high bid wins the dollar, but whoever gets the second and third highest bid will still have to honor their bid. Then, sit back and watch as the bid goes from pennies to four, even five dollars or more. How quickly your friends will forget the value of a dollar is amazing. Meanwhile, watch the second and third highest bidder as the price gets close to a dollar and then goes over as they'd rather be out 10 cents versus 99 cents.
When asking someone a question, get them to agree with you by simply nodding your head. The action makes them start to think that what you're saying is true and that they should nod "yes" too, since our behaviors are social.
The Path Finder
Ever wish you could clear Grand Central Terminal? In crowded areas, look in the direction in which you intend to go and watch the walkway just open up. In busy areas and crowded streets, people tend to watch other people's eyes to see which direction they will go so they can go the opposite way.
When first meeting someone, if you do go for a handshake then make sure your hand is warm. It makes you seem much more inviting than a cold hand. Also, when you're with that person, subtly mimic their actions and posture, it builds trust and makes you seem like you two fit together better.
The Conversation Conditioner
To have a little fun with words, when having a conversation with someone, pick a word they say and then each time they say the word, or words close to it, smile, nod or give some type of positive affirmation, and watch them say the word all the time.