Why does reverse psychology work?

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Why does reverse psychology work?

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When you dont trust someone, your brain automatically generates counter-arguments towards anything they are saying. It takes a lot of mental energy to be able to notice and adjust for this effect. If someone cant do that, they take the path of least resistance and coast on this flood of reactionary arguments.

If you know someone is susceptible to this due to fatigue, lack of trust or personal disposition, you could use that to trigger their brain to always advocate for the opposite of what you are saying.

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It works because of cognitive dissonance. Take a look at the [Leon Festinger](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leon_Festinger) article in wikipedia.

By the time someone is resorting to reverse psychology, usually the person they’re trying to convince has already gotten the point that the first person REALLY wants them to do this thing, so they just think “Ok, fine, you’re now being sarcastic, I’m not going to tire you out, I’ll DO IT.” (or the sarcasm makes them feel guilty about not following the first person so they try to follow what the first person wanted).

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