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The brain is the most complex organ in the human body. It is your brain that allows you to think and act the way you do. And it is your brain that shapes the fundamental fabric of who you are as a person.

In fact, learning a few simple tricks can help you channel the power of the brain. And simplify your life.

Here are the 10 best psychological tricks you should know:

1- Silence

You have no doubt dealt with all kinds of silences throughout your life. For example, the awkward silence when a conversation runs dry or perhaps the silent disapproval your parents wield like a weapon.

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Silence is a language with a meaning all on its own. And being able to communicate using silence is a valuable skill to have.

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Remaining silent is sometimes better than any scathing retort. Just a raised eyebrow can do a world of damage. Silence paired with steady eye contact is also the perfect response to an unsatisfactory answer in a meeting since it prompts people to elaborate.

2- Chewing Gum

Chewing gum is a trick often used by people trying to lose weight. Because when you chew gum you are able to trick your brain into thinking you are eating.

However, this is also a good method to reduce your stress and anxiety. So keep a piece of chewing gum on hand and you’ll be prepared the next time that anxiety hits you.

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3- Stop saying ‘I believe’

When you start every sentence with a phrase like ‘I believe’, ‘I think’ or ‘as far as I know’ people will automatically doubt the validity of your statement. Remove these words from your dictionary and sound more confident when you speak. It’ll sound more convincing and you’ll leave a better impression!

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4- Observe people laughing

A psychological fact: people tend to glance at the person they’re closest to while laughing. So if you’re with a group of friends and something hilarious happens – pay close attention to where people are looking. You can guard your words but your natural instinct always gives you away.

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5- Actions influence emotions

It is no secret that your thoughts influence your actions. Your emotions do affect your behavior. But what few people know is that it works both ways!

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Your actions too can influence the way you feel. So if you’re having a bad day try smiling and you’ll feel a lot happier. Or begin your day with the power pose and you’ll feel the confidence enter your body.

6- Be Confident

As the saying goes fake it till you make it. You may not be feeling like you’re on top of everything. But if you act confident then people will generally believe you. You’ll appear calmer and in control and people will give your words more value.

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7- Replace the interviewer with a friend

One of the best techniques to give an interview is to imagine you’re talking to a friend instead. Don’t panic! Have a conversation. Be respectful but friendly and inviting. You’re trying to put forward your best foot forward – so introduce yourself like you would at the start of any friendship.

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8- Eye contact

There is nothing more powerful than eye contact. Whether you’re giving a speech, conducting a meeting or even having a one on one conversation always maintain eye contact. Not only does it make you seem more confident but it also helps draw people in.

9- Stand next to angry people

It is a psychological fact that people feel less comfortable berating and scolding someone in close proximity to them. So whether you’re expecting a reprimand from your boss or a scolding from a teacher standing closer to them can help.

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10- Asking for a favor

There is a certain protocol for asking someone for a favor. One proven trick is to begin by asking for something so big and unrealistic that they’re sure to refuse. Then when you ask for what you really wanted they’ll be hard-pressed to refuse a second time.

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This is a technique salespeople use all the time. They start off with a high asking price and after some haggling agrees to a lower more agreeable price. This way the customer feels better thinking they spent less money.

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