Three of The Easiest Ways to Manipulate People into Doing What You Want
You can do a lot of things to be more persuasive, from learning better ways to communicate to more shady manipulation techniques. Here are some of the easiest and possibly evil ways to get someone to say yes.
You can do a lot of things to be more persuasive, from learning better ways to communicate to more shady manipulation techniques. Here are some of the easiest ways to get someone to say yes:
Shoppers in a shopping center were scared by a stranger touching their shoulder from behind. When they turned around, the shoppers found that their assailant was a (supposed) blind man who just wanted to ask the time. After that deflection and relief, someone else the fake blind man's pal asked the targets if they would buy and sign postcards for a political charitable cause. Those who had met the blind man and experienced the fear then relief roller coaster were more likely to do so than the person which wasn't manipulated.
This fear then relief manipulation technique is most popularly portrayed in the classic bad cop, good cop routine one person scares the hell out of you, another saves you, and then you're more willing to talk. You see this in everyday life, to from the fear tactics of insurance agents to bad managers who suggest your job is on the line, backtrack, and then ask you to work.
Exchanging favors and doing things for others is a basic part of human society, but this can be manipulated by aggressive people.
A coworker could remind you about that time they bailed you out big time in the past, then use that as leverage every time he/she needs something. Or someone who loaned you money or knows a secret of yours could continually blackmail you into doing what they want.
Just knowing about manipulative techniques can help you avoid falling victim to them.
For the fear then relief technique, for example, be on the lookout whenever you feel a surge in negative and then positive emotions. Your more vulnerable at that time to do things mindlessly and at the suggestion of others. Watch out for statements that follow this general formula. Something terrible could have happened to you, but it (didn't, won't). Now do this. These aren't the only ways someone could trick you into saying yes, of course, but they are some of the more common just keep an eye out, stay on your toes, and you should be able to spot when someone's trying to pull a fast one.
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