reverse psychology


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reverse′ psychol′ogy


n.
a method of getting another person to do what one wants by pretending not to want it or to want something else.
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Meanwhile, one in ten have tried reverse psychology and told their offspring that the vegetables are treats.
WITH all previous attempts failing, I have had to resort to trying out some reverse psychology on son jnr this week.
"It's a bit of reverse psychology. I think good parenting and tying to support your kids as they grow up is an important part of it."
Kerry explodes at Dan, but he explains that his master plan is to use reverse psychology on Amelia, hoping she'll decide to stay.
Enough of the reverse psychology; we are always portrayed as a quiet and gentle community and suddenly we are the aggressors -- what happened?"
Kerry's then stunned when Dan doesn't try to stop her, but he's gambling on reverse psychology working on her Meanwhile, Nicola panics when Graham asks questions about her housing development, and Dawn struggles to go cold turkey just before a trial at the factory.
Last year, his people had squashed geraniums and the year before they enjoyed squashed petunias, so this year they decided to try reverse psychology with this sign.
Even when tools are removed thieves think it's a case of reverse psychology and break in anyway; and, of course, when that happens you can be left without your work vehicle for weeks whilst it is being repaired."
You also know that the president can terminate the talks, and this is why you are desperately using reverse psychology and intimidation to save it," Lorenzana said.
Sison of using reverse psychology and intimidation to save the peace talks with government.
But his attempt at reverse psychology fell on deaf ears.
A lot of reverse psychology. If he's in a shop he'll always send me a picture on WhatsApp to ask what I think.