Have you ever wondered how some people always get what they want and get away with everything? I certainly did. It appears that some simple mind tricks are all you need. Here are five psychological tricks to get what you want backed up by science.

1. Being a copy cat

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Sometimes all you need to do to get what you want is to subtly copy the other persons mannerisms, posture and facial expressions. Then you can get them to copy you without realising it. At New York University researchers found that when one person copies the other the communication was better, and the two people liked each other more. This phenomenon is called the 'chameleon effect'.

2. The 'door-in-the-face' technique

If you want a favour of someone, first ask for a way bigger favour. When the other person refuses, he or she will feel guilty. And therefore they are more likely to agree to a second, more reasonable request in comparison to a big one you asked for first. They will feel better about the situation if they agree to the second request.

3. Use any argument

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According to research, the outcome in 60% of situations will be positive if you use the word 'because' It doesn't matter what follows this key word because it sounds very reasonable itself. That is why we are inclined to agree with opponents more often.

4. Use more nouns

If you use a noun in stead of a verb you assign a certain person to a group, which is good, as people are group-animals. In a study in the journal Social Cognition that was done on this subject, a survey was done. One of two questions was asked. The question was either: 'how important is it for you to be a voter in tomorrows election?' or 'how important is it to you to vote in tomorrows election?'. In the first question the focus is on the noun. In the second question the focus is on the verb. And guess what? When the noun 'voter' was used, more people actually voted the next day.

5. Change one's opinion by focusing on common ground

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According to cognitive scientists we need to focus on the common motive. One study looking at parents that did not want to vaccinatie their children because of the fear of autism, found that if they simply showed them the facts: that there is no link between the two, the parents would not listen. However, if they focussed on the goal of protecting the children from harmful diseases without mentioning autism, they were more likely to vaccinate their children.

Will you try any of these techniques the next time you want to change someones mind?

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