Powerful Dark Psychology Tips To Help You Get What You Want

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People will go to different lengths to get what they want. Some are very driven and fiercely determined, willing to do the dirty work to achieve their goals, even going so far as to dip into some nefarious business if it means securing what they desire.

Others are content to let life take its course. Their mentality is that if it was meant to be, it’ll happen; if it wasn’t, so be it. They’ll work for it, of course, but it’s not a necessity quite like it is for the other person.

No matter which side you’re on, allow us to lend you some advice by sharing powerful dark psychology tips that people have already proven work.

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Levels Of Complexity

The human mind is both an extremely complex and extremely simple thing. It’s a naturally-evolved supercomputer that can perform millions and millions of tasks, firing off endless commands to the rest of your body to keep you alive and functioning.

A CT scan of someone's brain.
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Pexels / MART Production

With that said, the mind is also easily convinced to do or think things it otherwise wouldn’t have. That’s why there’s a whole science behind the psychology of things like advertising and why some therapy techniques are essentially about tricking the mind until it adopts new thought patterns.

The Dark Side

Then there’s what’s casually known as ‘dark psychology’, where these same psychological manipulations can be used for nefarious purposes.

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Unsplash / Engin Akyurt

We’re not talking about anything too evil here, nothing criminal or irredeemable, but rather simple actions that will sway people in your favor. A Reddit thread asked people to share the dark psychology tricks they knew worked, and readers were happy to spread their knowledge. These tips could help in things from small arguments with friends to important business deals at work, but remember that you should always proceed cautiously with this type of stuff.

A Slow Entry

“Leading a topic by stating something you know the subject will agree with. Transition into a re-statement of whatever it is they agreed with and alter it slightly; end with a rhetorical question leaning towards agreement. (Isn’t that right?) If you’re slow and careful about this, you can get people to concede or agree to nearly anything without even noticing.”

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Unsplash / Headway

A number of these tricks seem rather delicate, including this one. One misstep and it could all come crashing down around you before you’ve even realized it.

Safety First

“[…] when someone’s being rude to you, stay completely silent and stare at them. It’ll make them feel incredibly uncomfortable and they’ll usually act civilly after a few moments.”

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Unsplash / Mathieu Stern

While useful, the author of this comment did add a disclaimer. “Do not do this to people who are exhibiting aggressive behaviour, and/or whilst in an unsafe non-public environment. This will not work on the local thug in the street, and will likely cause you harm. This is a tactic meant to be used on otherwise mature adults in safe environments.”

This tip might be helpful in a workplace setting if you have a difficult coworker to deal with!

Lingering Silence

“Waiting several seconds or up to a minute to say something after someone has given you an offer or asked you for something will make what you say next high likely to be agreed with. Most people hate uncomfortable silence, especially salespeople.”

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Pexels / Kampus Production

A comment on this entry provided further insight, saying, “This is one of the main tricks they teach car salespeople, for when they bring you the deal sheet (the paper with the monthly payment, etc). As the saying goes, ‘the first one to speak loses’.”

Parting The Crowd

“When walking in a crowded area, look where you’re going and not at the other people. They will naturally move out of your line of sight making it quicker to move around.”

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Pexels / Kaique Rocha

There’s a lot of power in confidence, from instances like this to things like improving your self-esteem. Keep your head held high, walk like you have somewhere important to be, and you’ll see many benefits start to come your way. It’s also great for relieving things like social anxiety when in crowds. Eye contact will start to feel less awkward, and you’ll begin believing in your own emotional strength!

Favor For Favor

“Whenever I want to help someone with something but I know their pride gets in the way or they don’t want to impose, I ask them for a favor first even if I don’t really need it.

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Pexels / Pixabay

Examples would be like asking a peer how they arrived at a solution for xyz, and then ‘repaying’ the favor by going, ‘You wanna see something cool I learned recently?’ and showing them how to do something more efficiently/correctly. Or when you know your parents’ heater is broken but they insist on calling a repairman instead of troubling you, and suddenly you need to borrow sugar but while you’re over there, might as well check out that heater. People like to feel helpful and I like to give unsolicited advice, it works out.”

Eventual Truth

“Silence. If you want to know something, ask the question then wait. People want to fill the silence and will talk and talk.”

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Unsplash / Ocean Biggshott

This is similar to the ‘wait a second’ tip from earlier, but with a bit of a difference in the tactical application. Asking a question beforehand extracts a more honest answer with time, while the other was about waiting until your opponent breaks and starts the conversation, allowing you to further direct it.

Better Than Nothing

“My boss likes having meetings after 5pm and even though I technically can be there for it, I don’t want to. So I tell him I have an important class I’m going to at exactly 5:45. I show up for about 5-10 minutes of the meeting then leave.

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Unsplash / Campaign Creators

He thinks I’m an amazing team player for going out of my way to hop on for just a few minutes. When in reality, I have no class to attend and I hate those meetings.”

Tactical Withdraw

“[…] consistently thanking somebody for very very basic things; things you might not even thank someone for. Think moving out of the way for you, or handing you your water bottle from a few feet away. Once you make the interaction consistent enough, they will be used enough to the praise that it will be missed.

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Pexels / cottonbro studio

Then, don’t thank them for one or two things, and they will very frequently go out of their way in order to earn your thanks.”

A Painful Undercut

“One thing that my dad does, that he may be completely unaware of, is when you give him good news he always exaggerates it back to you, thus forcing you to downplay your own accomplishment. I honestly don’t think he’s consciously doing it, but it drives me absolutely crazy.

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Unsplash / Abishek

‘Hey I have amazing news! I got promoted to vice president.’

‘That’s great! Wow, so senior vice president?’

‘No, just a vice president.’

‘Oh, well that’s still good.’

And now the wind is all out of my sails.”

Over And Over And Over

“People start to believe something if they’re told it over and over and over. Even if it goes against everything they know. That’s why the news is so important to pretty much every government on Earth. They get to decide what we hear over and over.”

A man reading a newspaper.
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Pexels / nappy

It’s true that repetition is key in many dealings of life. To make someone believe something, you have to reinforce it, and the more they hear it from various sources, the more likely they are to adopt it as fact.

Are You Okay?

“Having a heated argument… Ask the other person if they are okay because they’re breathing really hard. They will stop arguing and try to pay attention to their breathing. Resulting in the end of that discussion.”

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Unsplash / Engin Akyurt

There are variations upon this one, as pretty much anything you can say to catch them off guard will work. This one is especially effective because it shows that you care about the other person and their wellbeing, which might also aid in diminishing their anger towards you.

Shaking Their Confidence

“I was a gymnast in college. When the younger hotshots were warming up for competition, just before warmups end and it all gets real, one of us would say, ‘Wow, that’s a great trick. One question, when you’re doing that insane maneuver on the apparatus, when do you breathe?’ Screws them up every time.”

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Pexels / Andrea Piacquadio

Another person commented a similar tip, but one that would work in any competition, not just intense sports. “In a competitive environment if you notice that your opponent is a beginner or showing signs of anxiety, ask them ‘Are you nervous?’ while trying to act as nonchalant as possible (I’ll even yawn if I can). This always gets in people’s heads at Street Fighter if they aren’t mentally strong to begin with.”

The Universe Is Watching

There you have it, a slew of surprisingly practical tips that may just come in handy next time you find yourself in a debate at the family dinner table!

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Pexels / Meo

Something that’s important to remember when utilizing these sorts of techniques is your intention. A lot of these can be used positively, even innocuously, but if you intend to use them for harm or selfish gain, know that these things come back to you.

There’s usefulness in these methods but that doesn’t mean it’s worth throwing your morals out the window just to try them. You inevitably reap what you sow, so be sure to sow more good things than bad.

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Daniel Mitchell-Benoit

Dan is a content writer with three years of experience under their belt, having mostly covered viral media but now shifting toward spirituality and astrology. He’s a strong believer in using one’s beliefs as a means of self-improvement and being in touch with whatever messages the universe has to offer.

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