What is Reverse Psychology?

Reverse psychology refers to a way that helps people accomplish their goals or get them what they want. It is typically a method of making someone do what you want by asking them to do the opposite with the aim that they will disagree with you. Simply put, reverse psychology influences, someone, to do the opposite of what you asked them to do. It is a type of strategy commonly used for attaining what you want by suggesting or demanding something that another person won’t do for you and ends up doing the opposite. Many scientists call this strategy self-anticonformity, as what you demand goes directly against what you want. This term also states that instead of conveying your wishes or demands directly, you hide them and ask the other person to do the contrary. An example of reverse psychology in teaching can be a situation where teachers use this strategy to get their students interested in difficult subjects. A teacher might hint to the student that a book is too difficult to read but to prove the teacher wrong, the student tries to read it. And if the teacher had suggested it, few students would have read it.