The internet is awash with amateur psychology tips, all varying in degrees of believability but as non-qualified psychologists we can never really know. That's why theres nothing better than hearing a tip, that not only makes sense, but upon hearing you recognise you've known it all along. Here are 7 reasonable and believable psychological tips, to help guide you in the workplace;
- People have the clearest memory of the first and last moment occurring during an event, while the middle becomes a blur. So if you're wanting to make an impression at an interview, or a meeting, try and be the first or last through the door.
- When laughter breaks out in a group of people, each one will instinctively glance at whichever other individual they feel closest to in the group. This is a good way of spotting the social relationships at work.
- People's feet are often an insight into their thoughts. For example, if you approach two people talking and they turn their torso to you but not their feet, they'd prefer you left them alone. Similarly if you're talking to someone and their feet are pointing away from you, they want to escape.
- Silence, is a powerful tool. If someone gives you an unsatisfactory answer to a question, stay quiet and keep eye contact and they'll usually feel pressured to keep talking and reveal more.
- If you know someone is going to have a go at you or try and lowball you during a meeting, deliberately sit right next to them. The proximity will make them feel less comfortable with being aggressive or confrontational, and you'll have an easier time of it.
- When thinking of a team bonding session remember this trick. An event that involves adrenalin – for example rollercoasters or horror films, – will help simulate arousal in the brain, and make people think they're enjoying your company and the overall event.
7. A warm handshake makes you far more attractive to people than a cold one. It might be an idea to invest in gloves!