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Whatever happened to reverse psychology? I remember regular references to that tricky method of persuasion from middle school, but I don’t recall it coming up at all in the past couple years. Maybe I’m simply deaf to it though it surrounds me, might be the case that I’ve passed the age at which it is most pervasive, or perhaps it’s gone the way of Razor scooters and Sprite Remix. But it used to be cool, right? Used to be funny? Slyly advocating an undesirable course of action in order to achieve the opposite result is redeemable for instant humor. It’s clever.
But it has aged poorly. It’s little more than quickly identifiable and plainly obnoxious by the time college-aged cynicism sets in. Just doesn’t have a place outside of goofy cartoons these days. Doesn’t help that the concept was given such a lame title. “Reverse psychology”. Loses its luster after you turn it over in your head a couple times. Farewell, reverse psychology. You were funny, once.

From the truth,
“If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball.”

It logically follows that,
“If you cannot dodge a ball, you cannot dodge a wrench.”
It’s just kinda interesting to me, that’s all.

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Posted July 12, 2010 by Wada in Uncategorized

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