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How to USE dark psychology to get what you want - Powerful techniques.

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In a Utopian world, people would look out for each other. There would be no locks on doors, Strangers would be kind.

Unfortunately, we don't. It's a cut throat world out there.

There's always someone waiting to take advantage of you.

Learn the art of manipulation

To manipulate someone you need to have a goal to nudge them towards.

Even better, is to use their own goals to advance your own agenda.

Use irrational behaviour inherent in humans to your advantage

Start thinking objectively and try to control the flow of information.

⚔️ Carrot and the Stick

Classic approach where good behaviour is encouraged and bad behaviour is punished.

Use it to impart your own world view or improve your standing.

Find out what drives people and based on their temperament decide to use,

The carrot or a stick.

⚔️ Sentiment

Using emotions intelligently to further your plan.

The goal here is to distort the truth just enough to influence another to alter their path.

Use loss of reputation, consequences of action etc to emphasize the need for change in action.

Fabricated or real

⚔️ Guilt tripping

Form of emotional manipulation.

You try to make someone feel poorly about a decision that they've made. Or not made.

Try and inflict an emotional response due to perceived error.

Ideal outcome is to make the person feel indebted to you - for 'fixing' it.

⚔️ Intimidation

Imparting fear in a person as a catalyst for compliance with your ideals.

Greater the fear, quicker the compliance.

Self preservation is powerful

However, will not work with someone strong headed. Will result in backlash.

Wiser to go for seduction with them

⚔️ Seduction

Manipulation by presenting an object / act of desire.

Maybe physical or monetary.

Can also work by withholding the same object.

It revolves around power and the need to possess or control.

Similar to the carrot

Use this to get people to agree with you

➼ Subtly copy your target. This is a sign to their Subconscious that we are alike. Rapport building.

➼ Begin with obvious facts that don't need a lot to agree with. Repeat their own thoughts out loud.

➼ Slowly introduce your ideas

➼ Use transition words like because, then, likewise to show that the idea they agreed with leads to this conclusion.

➼ Watch their response, when copying them play with the tempo. If they speed up to match you - you're in control.

➼ Ask for a pony settle for a puppy.

➼ If you want acceptance on a radical idea, propose something even more radical. Eg, Pony and puppy.

➼ Reframe all disagreements. "I'm sorry you feel that way about what I said".

➼ Anchor an idea with one they've already agreed to. Sneak in your ideas with what they want.

⚔️ Self image manipulation

Setting a target with a self image.

Carefully choose this image you wish to imprint on their mind.

Ex - Safe driver.

This will convince them to pay extra for more safety features because they have to live up to a fake self image.

⚔️ Humility and vulnerability

Falsely advertising humility to invoke an empathetic response. This will make your target trust you

Ex - Humble Bragging, admitting you can't resist giving a discount to the elderly.

Pretending to be vulnerable - makes you seem more human.

⚔️ Forbidden fruit

Teenage Marijuana use in the Netherlands has dropped 3% since decriminalization.

It's not cool anymore as it's not forbidden.

Use the illusion of a forbidden fruit to entice people into doing your bidding.

Ex- Barbara Streisands wedding.

⚔️ Zeigarnik effect

People are more likely to remember incomplete tasks.

Ex - A waiter is more likely to remember oders to tables who haven't paid.

This is why tv shows have cliffhangers.

Tell a story with pauses. During pauses give them quick commands.

Take for example,

"You won't believe what happened yesterday. I was on a run in the woods. Halfway through I saw this strange shadow in the....can you shut the door for me?..... bushes. Turns out it was a mountain lion looking for a meal. It was terrifying I was almost .... Move here please... "

Always remember to follow these principles,

➼ Reciprocity
➼ Consistency
➼ Likeable
➼ Authoritative
➼ Scarcity
➼ Consensus

How to use these techniques is upto you.

However I strong urge you to draw the line at breaking the law or causing emotional trauma.

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For those who want to explore this further,

Start with @corporatemach essays
48 Laws of power
And also 33 Strategies of war by Robert Greene.
Craft of power by Ralph Siu
Vizier by @DentesLeo
Influence by Robert Cialdini

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