NEW research shows that unfaithful partners now indulge in a spot of reverse psychology and show greater interest in their loved ones to throw them off the scent.
Telltale signs that should make women suspicious include your boyfriend or husband showering you with compliments and wanting to have deep, emotional talks about your relationship.
The parents of a former headbanger told me they solved the problem by encouraging their toddler to bang his head. Several times a day, when he was calm, they'd say things like "This would be a good time to bang your head. We're going to leave you alone so you can bang your head now." And they'd walk out of the room. Needless to say, he never banged his head at their suggestion, and he stopped completely within a week. Grandma called that "reverse psychology."
I loved this one: "I'm one of those men who hates himself for loving women who hate men." Several expressed disbelief in what my ad said, citing reverse psychology. It must have worked. I figure any guy who responds to an ad like this has to have a sense of humor and a willingness to take on a challenge, the primary qualities required for a relationship with me.
REVERSE psychology is a wonder. It is used in many ways, from increasing sales in the workplace to getting a date, but most importantly by parents trying to get their kids to do exactly what they want.
The idea was enforced by two German psychologists, Adorno and Horkeimer, whose theory that people respond in an opposite or reverse direction of what they're told has been repeatedly proved since the 1970s.
American actor Leonardo DiCaprio along with other celebrities used reverse psychology in their 'No Means Yes' public service announcement show to get Americans to vote. DiCaprio produced, directed, and starred in the ad that debuted on My Space Celebrity on October 29, the New York Daily News reported. The video shows the stars struggling to grasp the concept of "No means Yes", and using reverse psychology to get people to vote on November 4.
Lampard said: "It might be reverse psychology by Slaven. He's very intelligent, almost in the way Mourinho was at Chelsea. He is always thinking one step ahead and of any little edge he can get on the other team. Maybe what he's saying is not what Slaven thinks. There may be some mind games involved and, if that's the case, it is very good management. The important thing as an England team is not to get sucked in by that.'
Spiritual scrooges need to wise up and use reverse psychology to win out in the long haul. Saying 'We forbid this!' guarantees most teenagers will try whatever 'this' is. Force those kids to pray and they won't. As it stands now, a rowdy reactionary outburst of 'God of Our Fathers' might soon supplant 'the wave' as our latest stadium craze.
For those kids who refuse to grow up use reverse psychology, let them grow down; instead of forcing them to be big, let them be little, carry them around, let them sleep in the cot, let them wear a nappy, let them baby talk.
But at the same time feed them only on rusk sticks and mash, drinking only out of bottles, no play outside or TV shows because they're only babies remember.
You may be aware of the placebo effect, where an inert pill has an effect because of what the patient thinks it does. You may even be aware of the nocebo effect, where an inert pill causes ‘side-effects’. But a fascinating 1970 study reported evidence for the anti-placebo effect, where an inert pill has the opposite effect of what it is expected to do.
The idea of reverse psychology was originally introduced in 1970 by the German psychologists, Adorno and Horkheimer. The theory was that people will say, do, or believe the exact opposite of what you want them to. They tested this theory and found it to be entirely correct.