Neurotypical Psychology / This is what they want

Should any Asperger wish to “neurobastardize” his or her life, this is all there is to it!

 For Aspies everywhere: this is what neurotypicals want us to do:

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10 Psychology Tricks You Can Use To Influence People

February 3, 2013 on LISTVERSE

Gregory Myers:

Before we get started, it’s important to note that none of these methods fall under what we would term the dark arts of influencing people. Anything that might be harmful to someone in any way, especially to their self esteem, is not included here. These are ways to win friends and influence people using psychology without being a jerk or making someone feel bad. (Apparently, intentionally making fools of the people you encounter is not harmful – this crass lie about the “ethical” status of what follows is so neurotypical!)

10. Trick: Get someone to do a favor for you—also known as the Benjamin Franklin effect.

Legend has it that Benjamin Franklin once wanted to win over a man who didn’t like him. He asked the man to lend him a rare book and when the book was received he thanked him graciously. As a result, the man who had never wanted to speak to him before, became good friends with Franklin. To quote Franklin: “He that has once done you a kindness will be more ready to do you another than he whom you yourself have obliged.”

Scientists (the use of this word is offensive and incorrect, meant to deceive the reader into believing that actual people who “do science” have any responsibility for the idiotic ideas contained in this text. It’s a lie; and it is extremely harmful.) I decided to test this theory (stop using this term incorrectly!) and found that those who were asked by the researcher for a personal favor rated the researcher much more favorably than the other groups did. It may seem counter-intuitive, but the theory is pretty sound. If someone does a favor for you, they are likely to rationalize that you must have been worth doing the favor for, and decide that therefore they must like you. Put these and hundreds of other tricks to nefarious use with the help of Mastering Conversational Hypnosis: Psychology Tricks to Influence People Easily and Get Exactly What You Want. (So much for the claim that these “tricks” are not harmful)

9. Trick: Ask for way more than you want at first then scale it back later.

This trick is sometimes known as the “door in the face” approach. You start by throwing a really ridiculous request at someone—a request they will most likely reject. You then come back shortly thereafter and ask for something much less ridiculous—the thing you actually wanted in the first place. This trick may also sound counter-intuitive, but the idea behind it is that the person will feel bad for refusing your first request even though it was unreasonable, so when you ask for something reasonable they will feel obliged to help out this time. (Making someone feel badly is not harmful.)

Scientists (stop using this term incorrectly) tested this principle and found that it worked extremely well as long as the same person asked for both the bigger and smaller favor, because the person feels obliged to help you the second time and not anyone else.

8. Trick: Use a person’s name, or their title depending on the situation.

Dale Carnegie, the author of How to Win Friends and Influence People, believed that using someone’s name was incredibly important. He said that a person’s name is the sweetest sound in any language for that person. A name is the core part of our identity, and so hearing it validates our existence, which makes us much more inclined to feel positively about the person who validated us. (Humans are like dogs who learn that the sound of their “name” means a cookie reward is coming? How CREEPY!)

But using a title, or form of address can also have strong effects, according to the as if principle. The idea is that if you act like a certain type of person, you will become that person, it’s a bit like a self fulfilling prophecy. (It’s “magical thinking” – words create supernatural reality that eradicates physical reality) To use this to influence others, you can refer to them as what you want them to be, so they will start thinking of themselves this way. This can be as simple as calling an acquaintance you want to be closer to “friend,” or “mate” whenever you see them, or referring to someone you want to work for as “boss.” But be warned: this can come off as very corny. (Really? And creepy, manipulative, and a control freak-sociopath, but then, the sociopath IS the ultimate social human.)

7. Trick: Flattery will actually get you everywhere.

This one may seem obvious at first, but there are some important caveats to it. For starters it’s important to note that if the flattery is not seen as sincere, it’s going to do more harm than good. But researchers have studied the motivations behind peoples reaction’s to flattery, and found some very important things. To put it simply, they found that people tend to look for cognitive balance, trying to always keep their thoughts and feelings organized in a similar way. (And Asperger’s are accused of being inflexible!) So if you flatter someone who has high self esteem, and it is seen as sincere, they will like you more, as you are validating how they feel about themselves. However, if you flatter someone who has low self esteem, there is a chance it could backfire and cause them to like you less, because it interferes with how they perceive themselves. That, of course, does not mean you should demean a person of low self-esteem! (The assumption is that you WILL demean a person having low self-esteem: it’s a great tool for boosting your social status.)

6. Trick: Mirror their behavior.

Mirroring is also known as mimicry, and is something that some people do naturally. (Treatment for Asperger people includes this superficial attempt at making us “invisible” so that we don’t upset social people.) People with this skill are considered to be chameleons; they try to blend into their environment by copying other people’s behaviors, mannerisms and even speech patterns. However, this skill can also be used consciously, and is a great way to make you more likable.

Researchers (stop using this tern incorrectly!) studied mimicry, and found that those who had been mimicked were much more likely to act favorably toward the person who had copied them. Even more interesting was their second find that those who had someone mimic their behavior were actually nicer and more agreeable to others in general—even those not involved in the situation. It is likely that the reason why this works is that mirroring someone’s behavior makes them feel validated. (People who need constant validation from OTHER PEOPLE have very low self-esteem – the perfect behavior for low-rank on the social pyramid) While this validation is likely to be most positively associated with the person who validated them, they will feel greater self-esteem and thus be more confident, happier and well disposed towards others.

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5. Trick: Ask for favors when someone is tired.

When someone is tired they are more susceptible to everything someone may say, whether it is a statement or a request. The reason for this is that when people are tired it isn’t just their physical body, their mental energy levels drop as well. (Mental energy IS physical energy. The brain runs on glucose, not magical power. When you ask a request of someone who is tired, you probably won’t get a definite response, but probably an “I’ll do it tomorrow,” because they don’t want to deal with decisions at the moment. The next day, they are likely to follow through because people tend to keep their word; it’s natural psychologically to want to follow through with something you said you would do.

4. Trick: Start with a request they can’t refuse and work your way up.

This is a reverse of the “door in the face” technique. Instead of starting with a large request, you start with something really small. Once someone has committed to helping you, or agreeing to something, they are now more likely to agree to a bigger request. Scientists tested this phenomenon in regards to marketing. (Stop using this term incorrectly!)

They started by getting people to express support for the rain forests and the environment—which is a fairly simple request. Then they found that once they had gotten them to express their agreement to supporting the environment, they were much easier to convince when it came to buying products that supported rain forests and other such things. (Like products that actually destroy the environment – NTs fall for it every time) However, don’t start with one request and immediately assail them with another. Psychologists found it much more effective if you wait a day or two to make the second request.

3. Trick: Don’t correct people when they are wrong.

Carnegie also pointed out in his famous book that telling someone they are wrong is usually unnecessary and does the opposite of endearing them to you. There is actually a way to show disagreement and turn it into a polite conversation without telling someone they are wrong, which strikes to the core of their ego. This is called the Ransberger Pivot, invented by Ray Ransberger and Marshall Fritz. The idea behind it is pretty simple: instead of arguing, listen to what they have to say, and then seek to understand how they feel and why. Then you explain the common ground that you share with them, and use that as a starting point to explain your position. This makes them much more likely to listen to what you have to say, and allows you to correct them without them losing face. (Oh sure! We see this “enlightened conversion” all the time – NTs change their opinions when introduced to facts, especially when presented as reasonable explanations. Try this on religious people – or any NT! ) 

2. Trick: Paraphrase people and repeat back to them what they just said.

One of the most positive ways to influence others is to show them that you really understand how they feel, that you have real empathy for them. (A sociopath does this very effectively – it’s a con job) One of the most effective ways to do this is by paraphrasing what they say and repeating it back to them, also known as reflective listening. Studies have shown that when therapists used reflective listening, people were likely to disclose more emotion and have a much better therapeutic relationship with the therapist. (Go ahead and PRETEND to have empathy; it’s what psychologists do with their clients.)

This easily transfers over to talking to your friends. If you listen to what they say, and rephrase it as a question to confirm that you understood it, they are going to be more comfortable talking with you. They are also going to have a better friendship with you and be more likely to listen to what you have to say, because you showed that you care about them. (OMG!)

1. Trick: Nod a lot while you talk, especially when leading up to asking for a favor.

Scientists (just stop!) have found that when people nod while listening to something, they are more likely to be in agreement with it. They also have discovered that when someone is nodding a lot in front of them, it is natural for them to do the same. This is understandable because humans are well known at mimicking behaviors, especially those that they consider to have positive connotations. So if you want to be extra convincing, nod regularly throughout the conversation. The person you are talking to will find it hard not to nod themselves, and they will start to feel agreeable toward what you are saying, without even knowing it. (Yes! Be a sociopath and you’ll get what you want. Not harmful at all.)

 

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7 thoughts on “Neurotypical Psychology / This is what they want

  1. Why read ‘a five hundred page book’ when I already ‘know’ this stuff?

    1) endemic gaslighting over the course of 5+ decades. When you’ve been called ‘crazy’, ‘stupid’, ‘retarded’ and worse by that many people (all of them Normies…) then you can begin to belive them. (As I ***still*** do). Hence, ‘by the mouth of two or more witnesses a matter is proved’ , and ‘it isn’t just ME saying it, now…’

    2) while I might well ‘know’ this stuff, I tend to have holes in my understanding, and reading the works of others – even if we have both seen much the same things – tends to fill those holes. (I often learn just how poor my real comprehension of the matter is by reading what others wrote…)

    3) Often the other person says it better! E.g. John Sinclair’s ‘strangers you can love will move in behind our faces’ sounds a ***lot*** better (to me) than ‘the totality of the effects of a brain-transplant’. Both say essentially the same thing, i.e. Normdom (as a whole) cannot stand who we are and what we represent, and hence would consider it no loss if we ***all*** were somehow ‘removed by the most expedient means possible’ and replaced by Normal-minded ‘stepford smilers’ having Normalistic Instincts operant in the social world (and thereby giving our betters that ‘due deference’ they think themselves due – as then we would better ‘know our place, and its duties’…).

    I hope that gives some insight as to why I might well be motivated to struggle through ***spendy*** books when I might already know the bulk of what they say (it isnt just confirmation bias…)

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    • It hurts my heart to read this. I too, have suffered from this unfathomable situation; rejection, misunderstanding, misfortune, indifference – even cruelty. I can’t hate anyone. I love life regardless. Nature makes no promises – I signed up for the journey of discovery whole-heartedly, regardless of what I might find, and have accepted my truth. Could I do less? But I refuse to hate life and all it contains. “The Good, the Bad, the Ugly – and the Beautiful” Not high-flying literature – just plain words.

      I’m not a maggot, a scab, a deformity, a failure: and neither are you.

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  2. Normdom – or so I suspect – neither flounders about, nor do most Norms see the social world as chaotic. More, what discomfort that is present is chiefly due to not being at the ***top*** of the dominance hierarchy. Finally, while Normies might individually and collectively lack ability in things that actually matter – they do ***not*** lack ability in social matters.

    Normies ‘do social’. It’s their ‘savant skill’ – they do social ‘stuff’ by something akin to instinct – it’s largely innate, even though some of them like to say they learned to ‘play the game’. More, social ‘stuff’ is mostly deceiving and manipulating (with an ultimate predatory goal, should one’s target not be especially favored.)

    Am reading Huer’s “Call from the cave. Our cruel nature and quest for power.” Quite the eye-widener; he basically states that what ***runs*** society – what really matters to Normdom – is the getting and keeping of power – power over other people. Also, he states (thus far; I’m about a fifth of the way – there’s 500+ pages…) that given a state of absolute power, the vast majority of people will ‘show their true and inward nature’ as ***narcissistic psychopaths*** – and the sole reason any given person, with *rare* exceptions, does not behave thusly is ***they do not have that precise level of power***.

    Otherwise, it reads as if I had somehow imbibed his notes for my understanding of how Normdom opperates!

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  3. When I speak of ‘working the con’ – a phrase actually used by criminal ‘con-artists – the vast majority of the time I’m not referring to anything of a criminal nature.

    I’m usually refering to what a social pariah ***needs*** to do to ***most*** people to not be seen as ‘evil in tangible form’

    This is also what’s commonly ‘in-process’ among Normies when engaged with fellow in-group members. This is so ***much*** the case that the sole differences between what most Norms do during commonplace ‘social interaction’ and what criminals do when Conning are the motives and desired goals!

    Norms simply (usually) don’t rip off their fellow in-group members; instead, that behavior is reserved for ‘acceptable targets’ like autists. (Which means the typical normies is, in truth, a ‘power-obsessed amoral predator’)

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    • I’m not sure that most “normies” are doing much more than floundering around in the social chaos, grabbing for whatever eases the discomfort (in the U.S. that means the pursuit of novelty, addiction to shopping, distracting gadgets, and over-eating / ingesting drugs) Victims of the pyramid, unhappy with it, but only vaguely understanding the situation – that the social regime is “manmade” and not created by the whim of supernatural beings. I would say that “norms” are POWERLESS – therefore dangerous in groups; groups provide power.

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