As much as we'd like to think we're not susceptible to being tricked, most of us fall for all kinds of psychological trickery every single day. Whether you're buying a car, negotiating a pay raise, or even just having a normal, everyday conversation, there are psychological tricks you can use to ensure you always have the upper hand. Or, people can use them on you to make sure that they have the upper hand.
One of my personal favorite psychological tricks has to do with something psychologists call the facial feedback phenomenon. In a nutshell, your brain takes cues from your facial expression. If you're scowling, you may feel angry or stressed. Conversely, if you want to be in a better mood, try grinning like a doofus for a few minutes (or hold a pencil in your teeth — it works just as well). Most of the time, this simple action will make you actually start to feel happier!
A recent AskReddit thread asked people to share their own favorite psychological tricks that they actually use in real life. Here are some of our favorite answers.