One of the “tricks” that athletes use is to get the other play to “commit.”
Even animals have this built into them.
A gazelle is running away from a lion, the gazelle suddenly turns sharply to the left, the lion changes course, and then the gazelle goes the other way.
A football player running down the field does the same thing.
Purposely projecting a false direction one way.
If the defender commits, it’s all over.
The offensive looks fantastic.
The defense, not so much.
It feels very bad to “get” faked out.
It feels very good to be the one doing the faking.
This happens in the short term, and in the long term.
One of the rules of Sun Tzu is to “fake” attack one city, wait until the army moves all their forces there, and then attack the empty place.
This same thing happens all the time in chess.
TV Journalists do this all the time to their enemies.
There are tons of linguistic tricks to “sucker punch” the interviewee.
This is also how authorities can put people in prison when they don’t have any evidence of any crime.
They suspect a criminal has done something.
But without a confession, they can’t do squat.
So they create what’s called a “perjury trap.”
Perjury doesn’t only happen during trials.
It can happen any time somebody is under oath.
They put somebody under oath, and ask them tons of questions over the course of several days.
This is the surface “reason” for the interview.
To “trick” them to “help” them with the investigation.
But the real reason is to trick them into contradicting themselves.
They say something on day one.
Then they contradict that thing on day three.
Boom, perjury, and a few years in jail.
Conversational battles happen all the time.
Most of the time, they are enjoyable.
Who can tell the funniest joke.
Who can come up with the biggest put down.
If people are trying to solve a mutually agreed upon problem, this type of “idea contest” is the best way.
What to do on Friday night, how to choose the best strategy to overcome a common obstacle.
Sometimes, though, you get some know-it-all who likes to win every single conversational battle.
The problem is this type of know-it-all is kind of a like a school yard bully.
They can only “win” if they put down all the other ideas or points.
This is actually pretty easy.
Expressing an idea and getting rejected is one of our biggest fears.
So being a conversationally bully is pretty easy.
But what those bullies don’t know is it’s even EASIER to destroy them.
If you step up a level, structurally, that is.
Which means you can obliterate conversational bullies without ANY competing ideas of your own.
Leading them directly into a trap of their own design.
Mind Persuasion has plenty of books and courses to teach you how to speak hypnotically and persuasively.