How to (Almost) Always Get Your Way
OK, we’re not talking about coercion, persuasion or -- yikes! -- temper tantrums. But if you want to get someone on your side in any given situation, there are some effective (and ethical!) tactics you can use to sway it your way. We’ve tidied it up into an art form, right here.
“I want my parents to let me stay out an hour later on the weekends. Is that so much to ask?”
The Art of Accepting as Is
Whether you’re looking for a later curfew, more allowance or fill-in-the-blank-here, the first step is to do ... nothing. Your parents know whatever privileges you’re after, right? If not, go ahead and ask. But once you’ve asked, do not bring it up again for at least 30 days. At that time, calmly ask again.
Repeat this pattern until they eventually agree. And the only reason they’re likely to go for it is because you didn’t hassle them. You demonstrated maturity, patience and acceptance of their decisions. Works like magic!
“This one girl in our group snubs me, and it makes me uneasy. I want her to be nice!”
The Art of Attitude Adjustment
Also, remember that no one can make you feel uncomfortable. This is tricky too, but how you react to anything is always your choice. Turn this around by adjusting your demeanor. Relax, and treat her the same as you would like her to act toward you. Start out by subtly smiling and nodding at her. As long as you’re sincere, the tension will gradually fall away.
“My teacher gave me a totally unfair grade, and I want it changed.”
The Art of A+ Appreciation
“If you’re the girl that needs a boyfriend, then once she loses that boyfriend and needs to replace it with a different boyfriend, it’s just this constant stream of boyfriends all the time. I don’t feel like I ever want to be that girl. I want to be the girl who, when she falls in love, it’s like a big deal and a rare thing.”
-- Taylor Swift on “The Ellen Degeneres Show”
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