7 Psychological Hacks To Give You The Edge In Any Situation

Can't wait to try No. 6.

Everyone has doubts, stress, and anxiety ... whether it's in the boardroom or at a party, it's part of our nature to be unsure and cautious about the unknown.

That's what makes these psychological hacks, culled from Reddit, so awesome: you can employ them to help you know where you stand in nearly any situation. 

Don't believe us? Try them for yourself. 

1. Read a group of people — fast.

"When a group of people laugh, people will instinctively look at the person they feel closest to in that group.

Read: wanna know who wants to bone who? Look at who they look at when everyone laughs."

– Manticorp

2. Get the answers.

"If you ask someone a question and they only partially answer just wait. If you stay silent and keep eye contact they will usually continue talking."

– drink4pink

3. Get people to react warmly to you.

"If you get yourself to be really happy and excited to see other people, they will react the same to you. It doesn't always happen the first time, but it will definitely happen next time."

– Captain_Capybara

4. Start the day right.

"The moment your alarm wakes you up, immediately react by sitting up, pump your fists and shout 'YEAH!' "

– Gahzoontight

5. Find out if you can trust someone.

"If you want to find out if you can trust someone, you can; repeat already heard gossip while changing one key fact, ask them to keep it quiet. See if it comes back to you. If it does, cross that person off the 'trust' list. This should only be used when necessary ... once you find an ally, you should stick with them. In all honesty, I only end up really trusting 1 out of every 20 or 30 people. Most people can't keep their mouth shut unfortunately."


6. Read the feet. Yes. The feet.

"Pay attention to people's feet. If you approach two people in the middle of a conversation, and they only turn their torsos and not their feet, they don't want you to join in the conversation. Similarly if you are in a conversation with a coworker who you think is paying attention to you and their torso is turned towards you but their feet are facing in another direction, they want the conversation to end."

– -eDgAR-

7. Turn stress into strength.

"The physical affects of stress (increased breathing rate, heart rate etc.) mirror identically the physical affects of courage. So when your feeling stress from any situation immediately reframe it: your body is getting ready to do courage, it's not feeling stress."

– EdrawDe

What are some psychological hacks you use? Let us know in the comments below.


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