Reverse psychology is mind games used to confused others into giving you want you want. Reverse psychology is defined as telling a person something that is the opposite of what you want them to do or actually believe. Reverse psychology is the way you can use to motivate someone to do something by telling him to do the exact opposite of it. For example telling your friend “I bet you can’t arrive before 6” might motivate him to do the opposite just to prove you wrong. This technique relies on the psychological phenomenon of reactance, in which a person has a negative emotional response in reaction to being persuaded, and thus chooses the option which is being advocated against.
Reverse psychology is an important tool that you can use to influence the decisions of other people. The technique tends to work best with resistant people. Reverse psychology is particularly effective on children due to their high tendency to respond with reactance, a desire to restore threatened freedom of action. Some parents feel that the best strategy is sometimes “reverse psychology”: telling children to stay in the house when you really want them to choose to go outside and play. Parents are probably some of the biggest fans of reverse psychology. Many incorporate techniques into their parenting style and don’t even realize it.
Reverse psychology works best with narcissists, over confident people, people having exaggerated self worth and stubborn people. As for the first three, it works because those people think that they can do anything in the world and that’s why using such phrases ignites their fighting spirits making them wanting to prove you wrong.
Some people just don’t respond to reverse psychology. The people who do are mostly the ones who hate being told what to do. Rebellious children are classic examples. Not every person will respond to reverse psychology, for example, those who lack self confidence might actually take your defeating statements and make from them new limiting beliefs that makes them become even worse.
Once you managed to challenge someone’s dormant ego without letting him notice that you are doing it on intention you will be able to make that person do whatever you want. Reverse psychology works best but, if you avoided the two common pitfalls people fail to avoid which are:
1) using it against the wrong person. 2) over using it. You should stop when it irritates other, family, friends, partners, or just anyone you’re around.