How you present yourself, the words that you use, and the way you handle situations can either make or break your relationships both personally and professionally. That is why obtaining a slight advantage in certain situations is so important. Now while it isn’t possible to decode someone’s mind exactly, attempts can be made to read actions to an extent that it helps you turn the situation in your favor.
The following psychological tricks told by the people of Reddit will make your life easier and help you cope with stressful situations, that if implemented in daily life.
#1 When laughter breaks out in a group, people instinctively turn towards the one they like the most in the group.
This is a good way of spotting who has a crush on you 😉
#2 For an interview, be either the first or the last one to attend in order to stay fresh in the interviewer’s brain.
People always have the clearest memory of the first and last thing that happens, while the middle becomes a vague blur.
#3 Read feet: If you’re talking to someone and their body is turned towards you, but not their feet, they’re probably not interested in talking with you.
However, if they turn both, their feet and body toward you, the story is exactly opposite.
#4 Listening to music at a place that affects you adversely, can alter your mood, and change your perceptions of that place.
Listening to songs via headphones in a place where you feel negative, will help you create a protective capsule for yourself. And it will channelize your brain to staying positive and happy at such a place.
#5 When you’re on a first date, take your date somewhere exciting: They’ll associate you with that thrilling feeling.
A date that involves adrenaline – rollercoaster or horror films will help stimulate arousal in the brain, and make people think they’re enjoying your company, which hopefully they will be anyway.
#6 When in a situation that keeps you exhausted, ask yourself “What am I getting out of it?” And you will come up with the solution.
If the answer is nothing but pain, you know what to do.
#7 For those who find it hard to maintain a soft eye contact, try to figure the eye color of the person (without making it look like so), and keep smiling all the while.
Proper eye contact makes you look friendly and confident.
#8 Refer to people you’ve just met by their names for an instant start of friendship.
When you first meet someone, remember their name and then use it in the subsequent conversation you have, they’ll find you terribly charming and wonderful.
#9 If you work in customer service and want your customers to be nicer to you, put a mirror behind you.
A mirror behind the counter will show your angry customers their faces, and they will mellow down because nobody wants to see themselves being a jerk.
#10 While arguing, stand next to the person, not in front of them, to get your point delivered straight to their mind.
Standing in front of them will make you appear as a threat to them, which may push their anger button harder.
#11 If you know someone is going to have a go at you in a meeting, deliberately sit right next to them. The closeness will make them feel less comfortable with being aggressive, and you’ll have an easier time of it.
#12 If you make yourself be really happy and excited to see other people, the next time they see you, they’ll probably be a lot happier and more excited about it.
Dogs do this trick to us all the time
#13 When the sticky song ruins your day, try to remember the last line of the song.
Nothing is more irritating than a bad song stuck in your brain. In order to break the loop, try to remember the last line of the sticky song, and you will break away from it soon.
#14 Before interviews, imagine yourself as old friends with your interviewers. You’re in charge of the way you perceive your situation, and your comfort will be infectious.
#15 Have they not given you a proper answer yet? Stay silent, keep a steady eye contact, it will happen.
When you maintain eye contact and stay silent, they’ll usually assume the original answer wasn’t good enough, and they’ll keep talking.
#16 Build up trust with people by mirroring their body language (but be subtle about it).
#17 Silence is the best way to counter the angry person
If somebody is angry at you and you stay calm, they’ll probably get angrier, but they’ll be ashamed at themselves later.
#18 Chew gum or eat food if you’re doing something that would normally make you feel nervous.
This tricks a primal part of your brain into thinking you couldn’t be in danger because you’re eating.
Note that it is impossible to completely judge or read someone through such means. However, these tricks can give you an advantage in situations.