Human beings are social animals. And like all social animals, they use certain social cues that are both verbal and nonverbal to communicate their intentions. Everything from your body language to your expression can convey a message to other people around you.Sometimes without you even knowing. Similarly, we ourselves often respond unknowingly to social cues from others. Being stared at can tense us up or make us nervous. A person who refuses to face us or make eye contact with us can anger us or make us feel unwelcome.
Understanding these social cues and their psychological effects has two major benefits for us. Firstly, we can avoid being exploited by people who already know these psychological hacks. People with knowledge of these tricks will most definitely put them to use against people who don’t. Learning these tricks helps you defend yourself against such people and stops them from exploiting you.
Similarly, knowing these tricks ourselves can lend us an edge in social interactions. We can put these tricks to use ourselves in order to maintain an edge in social interactions and get what we need from others. In this fast-paced society where teamwork and team-oriented behaviour is becoming rapidly the norm, knowing how to handle social interactions adeptly is becoming a job skill in its own right. And makes it imperative for you to know what these psychological hacks are and how to put them to use.
1. Getting information out of someone
While Hollywood would make you believe that only the most skilled interrogator and extreme torture can get people to give up their secrets, in more common everyday settings the methodology is far banal.
The trick is this: Simply ask them a question related to the information you need. Normally they will give you a vague answer or avoid the subject. They will attempt to distract you with some other topic.
What you need to do is maintain eye contact and stay silent. You can give them an expectant smile to prevent them from thinking the social interaction is over but you must maintain silent and keep your eyes locked on theirs. This creates pressure on them to continue talking due to the awkwardness and tension in the atmosphere that stems from your silence.