By Travis

LifeBuzz Staff

20 Mind-Game Tricks You Can Try On Your Friends. #15 Will Make Them Hate You.

The answers to this question, from a recent reddit thread, are completely awesome. I’ve read my fair share of ‘psychological tricks’, but there so many in here that I have NEVER heard of. Prepare to have something to do next time you’re bored…

#1. A timing trick. We adjust to timing errors / latency. For example you press a button and 300 milliseconds later, a beep. You do this a few times, and you will adjust to it and the delay will become less apparent. Now the trick: After adjusting to the delay, remove the delay. Press the button, and the beep happens instantly. But the timing adjustment in your head will sincerely make you believe that the beep happened before you pressed the button. It’s mind-blowing. You can try a visual version of the trick by clicking here. -thenfour & Aeoxic

#2. I like doing a false-belief test on children that are 4-5 years old to see if they can recognize that other people see the world differently and have different beliefs based on their experiences. Here’s a Wikipedia explanation of a false-belief test: “In the “appearance-reality”, or “Smarties” task, experimenters ask children what they believe to be the contents of a box that looks as though it holds a candy called “Smarties”. After the child guesses (usually) “Smarties”, it is shown that the box in fact contained pencils. The experimenter then re-closes the box and asks the child what she thinks another person, who has not been shown the true contents of the box, will think is inside. The child passes the task if he/she responds that another person will think that there are “Smarties” in the box, but fails the task if she responds that another person will think that the box contains pencils.” -meowkay

#3. Kind of a cruel one here: bet a friend/family member that they can’t taste the difference between whole/2%/1%/skim milk, or some combination thereof. Blindfold them and have them begin tasting the milks. Now, replace the last milk with orange juice. The brain prepares the body for milk, and the unexpected acidity usually causes a gag reflex, and sometimes vomiting. Keep a bucket handy. -TwoTimesThirty

#4. Make someone feel insecure by looking at their hairline while they speak. -thptaway

#5. If you want to get get rid of an object, for example walking with a friend after you bought a 2l coke bottle and want him to carry it, just keep talking to him while handing him the bottle, most of the times people will just take the object automatically without thinking. -rarabara

#6. If you want people to like you more, ask them to do favours for you. People think that doing nice things for others will make them like them more, but actually, when you as someone to do a favour for you, their subconscious thinks “I’m doing something for this person, so I must like and care about them.” It works:) -hypotheticalreality

#7. Put an object on the table. Hover your hand about a foot or so above it. Allow a family member to hover their hand halfway between yours and the object on the table. Say “I bet you I can grab (object) before you do. Once you see my hand move, grab for the (object).” Grab the object. By the time their brain registers that your hand has moved and they need to move theirs, you’ll have already grabbed the object. I like to do this with money and make bets. You can see a visual demonstration here. -woeisandy

#8. When playing rock paper scissors; right before you are about to count (or interrupt the count) catch the person off-guard with a personal question, or something directed at them. Then immediately after just resume the count like nothing happened. Most of the time the person will throw scissors as a sort of automatic defensive mechanism. -zefy_zef

#9. Ask people this: What’s 1+1? What’s 2+2? What’s 4+4? What’s 8+8? Name a vegetable. For some reason, they almost always say carrot. -funnymanjohn

#10. How to convince someone you’re a mind reader: Ask them to hold up their hand and to think of one of their fingers without telling you which one. Then very gently push against each finger, one by one, with your own finger. When you get to the finger they have chosen, they will unconscious put up a tiny resistance, or counter-pressure, to your finger. To make it more convincing, throw in some meaningless gesture before telling them the answer, such as holding their palm to your forehead—this to deflect from your actual method of determination. Works every time and people are always amazed! -ilikestuffdoyou

#11. In negotiations or things of the sort, practice using silence. Most people are very uncomfortable in silence and are willing to break it by giving up a key point. Try it, it actually works. -the4thwheel

#12. Nodding your head while asking a question will make the other person more inclined to agree with you. “Don’t you think blah blah is right?” while nodding, most people will agree. -the4thwheel

#13. When you’re in a group and someone tells a joke, and everyone laughs, the first person you look at while laughing is normally the person you’re closest to. -the4thwheel

#14. For sports related things- if someone is really on their game and you want to mess them up, ask them “Wow, you are really good at blah what are you doing to affect it?” or something to that point. They will from then on overthink and most of the time start to fail more often. -the4thwheel

#15. If somebody’s trying to count something and you want to mess them up because you’re a jerk, don’t say random numbers, say numbers in an order because the brain latches onto patterns. -the4thwheel

#16. Sing the chorus or popular part of a song, then immediately say something to get their mind off that song for a moment. Sit back and wait, it’ll get stuck in their head. I’ve accidentally discovered this with my ADD. I’ve tried it multiple times. -YouWontBelieveWhoIAm

#17. Go to a halloween store and buy a rubber hand or arm. Do the ‘rubber hand illusion’ – you will really freak out your family. Instructions/explanation here. -grinning

#18. Here’s a physical one. Have someone lay down on their belly, arms stretched out over their head as if they are imitating Superman in flight (but face down). Have them close their eyes (and they must remain closed the whole time) and then grab their wrists and lift their upper body up to about a 45° angle. Like some sort of weird, assisted yoga pose. Hold them steady in that position for 2 minutes. Then, very, very, very slowly and gently, lower them back down until their arms are flat on the floor again. It produces the sensation of your body not stopping when it reaches level – as if you go right past 0° and begin to sink into the floor. I’ve never looked up the reason, but the brain believes the body is level again before it really is and interprets the continued movement as moving past where it started. -Pandromeda

#19. When in a group act bored and disinterested when the speaker is not using their hands. Act interested if the speaker uses hand motions. Within a month or less you can get people to wave their hand quite emphatically and erratically when they speak to you. This works incredibly fast if you can enlist a friend or two to help you. Our class did this with our own psychology professor and then filmed it. He denied waving his hands around until we showed him the video. We all got an A in that class. -Rolakaab

#20. Ask someone to trace an uppercase E on their forehead with their finger. If they draw it so you can read it, they’re doing what’s best for you and are therefore empathetic. If they draw it facing themself, they are only thinking of theirself and aren’t empathetic. -Jjeremiah49

I can't wait to try some of these. SHARE this story if you know of the perfect person to try one of these tricks on.


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