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Cheap Psychological Tricks by Perry W. Buffington
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Mar 28, 2008

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Read in April, 2008

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 ticket, how to feign ignorance in order to fend off premeditated attacks on your ideas, etc., etc. I think the best use of a book like this is to educate people on just how practical (yet still entertaining) psychology can be. Other handy features include references to psychological research that relates to each topic.
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