Meaning of Reverse Psychology

What is Reverse Psychology:

As a reverse psychology, also known as a paradoxical inversion technique, it is called a behavioral technique that consists of trying to influence a person by asking him to do the opposite of what he is trying to obtain.

Human beings do not value enough the permitted behaviors, while we overvalue those that are prohibited. In other words, we don't like being told what to do, so we unconsciously seek to assert our freedom and autonomy by doing the exact opposite.

This reaction is known as reactance, which is the tendency of people to oppose the rules or prohibitions, and it is on this behavior that reverse psychology bases its technique to achieve its objective, which is to modify the behavior of the individual or push him to make a determined decision.

To apply reverse psychology, the first thing we must know is what type of person we are facing, if we are faced with one who is going to insist on opposing us, or one who could grant us reason. The first one is ideal for applying reverse psychology, and it usually manifests itself especially in children, rebellious young people and stubborn people or people with a big ego.

The next step is to discover how we can influence their behavior by defending an opposite idea to the one we intend, so that the other, by opposing us, ends up thinking that they have won the argument.

Some classic reverse psychology formulas that we hear every day would be: "I bet you can't eat vegetables for a week", "I bet you won't be on time", "If you eat all your chocolate, there will be vegetables."

This technique is also questioned, because when it is not used respecting certain ethical limits, it simply becomes a way of manipulating people.

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