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Cheap Psychological Tricks: What To Do When Hard Work, Honesty, And Perseverance Fail
Psychologist Perry Buffington offers more than sixty inside secrets, all based in scientific research, to enhance your odds of being successful in everyday situations, as well as some stickier ones.
Paperback, 181 pages
Published 1996 by Peachtree Publishers
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This is an amusing little read, especially if you are a psychologist. It basically distills all kinds of complex psychological theories into handy little hints designed to manipulate others. Okay, maybe it's not quite as devious as that sounds, but it does contain quite a few classic examples of how to use the way we think to get what you want out of a situation. For example, learning to gauge pupil dilation to win at poker games, how to use social discomfort to your advantage to get out of a ...more
This is greeeeaaaat. I learned so much about how my brain and psychology work. My favorite cheap psychological trick: How to use paradoxical intention to fall asleep. If you're trying to fall asleep, try to stay awake. (You'll trick your brain into getting tired and conk right out.)