reverse psychology


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reverse psychology

The use of an inverted suggestion meant to provoke a person into a “contrary” state, so as to perform a desired task.

reverse psychology

Psychology The application of an inverted suggestion that would compel a person in a 'contrary' state, to perform a desired task
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Aitor Karanka (above) used reverse psychology to great effect by leaving |Stewart Downing out of the starting line-up at Wolves.
Woods has employed a little reverse psychology in depicting himself as the minnow compared to younger, and even more powerful players.
But a bit of reverse psychology might just soften him up, even by a fraction, rather than tip him the other way and turn him into a man hell-bent on revenge.
It was my first introduction to the idea of reverse psychology.
I've been told not to focus on it and to pray for those people, also to use reverse psychology, such as smiling or shaking hands with that person in a positive way.
Senate, is using reverse psychology on reporters: Please, please pin me down on the details, Leppert seems to be saying.
Sometimes, when planning storage for a new kitchen, a little reverse psychology is in order.
Reverse psychology has never had such a backwards feel.
It's reverse psychology of dastardly cunning, anti-marketing that effectively dares shoppers to buy something they'd never admit to.
To say what she thinks--that the boyfriend is a scumbag--might push the daughter even closer to him, but trying reverse psychology might backfire.