“We think we have control over our minds. But these simple psychological effects show that human minds are programmed. These effects are interesting and useful.”
Ben Franklin effect: This effect is useful for creating a good impression about you in people’s minds. It’s a simple technique in which you ask a person for a favor. They do you a favor and they feel good because of you, which makes them like you.
You can use it on people you like to talk for the first time. Ask a small favor from them, they can do it for you instantly.
Placebo effect: A phenomenon in which some people experience a benefit after the administration of an inactive substance or sham treatment. Even though the substance is useless for their problem, people feel it worked for them.
You can use this method on people who are mentally ill and who think they have health issues even though they don’t have any.
The Pratfall Effect: It is a psychological phenomenon that says that competent people appear more likable and attractive when they make a mistake than when they are perfect.
You can use this on people who feel inferior and you can make them feel better by proving that they are better than you. This increases likeability over you.
The Anchoring Effect: It is a cognitive bias that describes the common human tendency to rely too heavily on the first piece of information offered when making decisions. During decision making, anchoring occurs when individuals use an initial piece of information to make subsequent judgments.
Once an anchor is set, other judgments are made by adjusting away from that anchor, and there is a bias toward interpreting other information around the anchor.
This can be used in sales. For example, someone liked a product (Anchor). But they feel it as expensive. If you offer a little discount on the purchase of the product in more quantity (Pushing their decision to buy). They may buy more than one, which is a profit for you.
Deflection to the Result: Deflection is a coping mechanism where we blame others for our mistakes. We all want to look and feel good and therefore we blame others and this is a tactic we use to prevent the feeling of guilt. Many people do this, and this is the name of the effect.
The Pygmalion Effect: It is a psychological phenomenon where higher expectations lead to improved performance. But make sure your expectations are expressed and steps are taken to improve the performance or else this effect works otherwise.
Hard-to-Reach Effect: It is a cognitive bias where we make other people feel we are busy and superior. It’s making them feel that we are hard to reach or hard to get. This increases our chances of success to make others feel we are great, and this increases likability over us.
The Bystander Effect: It is a social psychological claim that individuals are less likely to help a victim when other people are present; the greater the number of bystanders, the less likely it is that one of them will help.
When you are expecting someone to help you, they won’t help you mostly when there are many people around you.
Tamagotchi effect: It is the development of emotional attachment with machines, robots or software agents. It is found that humans are getting emotionally attached to things that don’t have emotions.
The Spotlight Effect: It is the phenomenon in which people tend to believe they are being noticed more than they really are. Being that one is constantly in the center of one’s own world, an accurate evaluation of how much one is noticed by others is uncommon.
This is a mental barrier most humans grow in their lives. Believing this they perform actions that are completely for others. They live somebody's life.