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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Lebanese actress Aimee Sayah and Saudi Football Legend Sami Al Jaber joined hands and cooperated in launching the biggest drug awareness campaign, shooting a TVC in Beirut where they would tackle the issue of addiction using reverse psychology.
Hampshire batsman Will Smith, who scored 85 against his former club, said: "I was expecting a bit more stick but they went a bit easy on me, maybe it was reverse psychology.
However, he has treated the situation with reverse psychology and has been taking a more relaxed approach.
Angie, Salford Dear Angie, Your mum sounds pretty tenacious so unless you fancy developing a secret identify and entering a witness protection programme, I suggest using a bit of reverse psychology here.
It is reverse psychology from him trying to put pressure on us and I am not fooled by it.
Imperial margarine used reverse psychology to affirm to consumers that even though it's not nice to fool mother nature, margarine consumption is an exception.
But now this incident - in a sort of reverse psychology kind of way - could just be what galvanizes the squad for one last push towards a European spot, especially as the Sunderland loss means sixth place in the Premier League now qualifies.
But fun comes at a price, and with my post-Christmas bank account depleted, I'm giving reverse psychology a go.
The campaign, created by Impact BBDOBeirut and shot by production company Signature Productions, uses reverse psychology to tempt potential tourists and Lebanese expatriates to the country this summer.
He explains the ideas behind provocative coaching and the psychological mechanisms through which this coaching style works, describing how it is related to paradoxical intention and reverse psychology.
Woods has employed a little reverse psychology in depicting himself as the minnow compared to younger, and even more powerful players.