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.
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reverse psychology

Psychology The application of an inverted suggestion that would compel a person in a 'contrary' state, to perform a desired task
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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The reverse psychology being applied by ODM is a cheap trick!
On Jan 23, Dr Mahathir alleged that BN supporters were behind the campaign and that it was a 'reverse psychology' tactic by BN to gain votes in the upcoming GE14.
One such practitioner of reverse psychology war gaming is my deep throat source George Thomas Clark, who plots the scenario in reverse, thereby getting insight into what the adversary may think.
7) REVERSE PSYCHOLOGY: Let them sell to themselves Although this point isn't technically reverse psychology, it's a similar idea.
It's more likely that Karanka is trying out some complex reverse psychology on us simple football fans but two can play that game.
CANNY parents have been known to use reverse psychology to trick their children into doing something they might otherwise refuse to do.
In fact, some folks started asking whether this wasn't some kind of reverse psychology orchestrated by Starbucks.
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. "As public figures, we play an influential role towards the society & awareness is part of it," said Sayah and Jaber.
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. It was nice to get runs against them as a former county but it is just another game; you just have to contribute whoever is the opposition.
"It is reverse psychology from him trying to put pressure on us and I am not fooled by it.
Ex-Black Cats defender Danny Higginbotham reveals in his autobiography Keane's use of reverse psychology as the volatile boss tried to coax a response out of his players ahead of their game against Aston Villa in 2007.
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.