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He is 18, a life enthusiast, self-confident and motivation hoarder. He loves to stroll on unpaved horizons. Here at Self Projections, he writes about things which matter in life.
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1. Watch The Shoes 

Pay close attention to the feet . This psychological hack will help you know if the person you are talking to is really interested in conversation with you or wants to go.

During conversations, we turn our feet away from the person we are talking to if we are not interested. Next time, take a look at the feet of person you are talking to.

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2. You Will Not Lose Your Pen Next Time

Last time, a senior student or teacher or someone borrowed a pen from you and you never got it back. Because you were reluctant or feeling shame for asking the pen back.

So from now on you are not going to lose your pen. Yeah, believe me.

Next time, whenever somebody asks for your pen, remove the cap and hold it, while giving the pen.

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There are 100% chances they are going to give it back to you. Because nobody will walk away with an incomplete pen.

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3. Chew Gum In Stress Situation

This is the best confidence hack so far that has always worked for me.

Chewing gum reduces tension and stress. It helps you focus.

If you are going to give a speech, and you feel nervous and stressed, try chewing gum.

It follows the rule ‘fake it till you make it’. When you chew gum, it fools your brain that you are eating something, and you might not be in stress/danger social condition (otherwise you may not have been eating) and it blocks the release of stress hormones like cortisol so you feel confident.

Or try holding a water bottle for your next speech. When you forget something, drink water. People are rarely gonna notice it.

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4. Let The Other Person Speak

You asked a question from your friend and you got a partial answer ?

This psychological hack might help next time.

After you have asked your question. Trying shutting up. And look in his eyes.

There are more chances that he will keep talking and will try to break silence because he may not want to look creepy.

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 5. Be Confident And Reduce Stress In 2 Minutes

A researcher at Harvard university, Amy Cuddy, unfolded in one of my favorite TED Talks, that body language has a vital role in regulating the release of various hormones that can affect our mood.

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Amy Cuddy, TED Talk.

She explained our bodies change our minds.

We decided to bring people into the lab and run a little experiment, and these people adopted, for two minutes, either high-power poses or low-power poses. She explained in her TED Talk. 

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Here’s what we find on testosterone. From their baseline when they come in, high-power people experience about a 20-percent increase, and low-power people experience about a 10-percent decrease.

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Picture Attribution: Amy Cuddy, TED Talk, Your body language shapes who you are.

Here’s what you get on cortisol. High-power people experience about a 25-percent decrease, and the low-power people experience about a 15-percent increase.

So two minutes lead to these hormonal changes that configure your brain to basically be either assertive, confident and comfortable, or really stress-reactive, and feeling sort of shut down. And we’ve all had the feeling, right? So it seems that our nonverbals do govern how we think and feel about ourselves, so it’s not just others, but it’s also ourselves.

Powers Poses :

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6. Exploit Duchenne smile.

I do it whenever I am in a stressful or disturbing situation. This has always worked for me.

Do it now. Smile like this

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And your mood will be elevated. 100% guaranteed.

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Smiling releases pleasure hormones called endorphins, natural painkillers and antidepressant hormones such as serotonin. Smiling reduces stress and boosts your immune system. You can even measure this response quickly with your blood pressure monitor. [Source]

Smiling is contagious; smiling will draw people to you and will improve their moods and yours in return.

Start your day with smiling. At least it is a good start.

7. Door-in-the-face Technique

There are more chances for you to accept the second offer if you turn down an initial big offer.

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This persuasion strategy is used in marketing and fund-raising campaigns.

8. Foot-in-the-door Technique

Foot-in-the-door technique is a tactic that involves getting a person to agree to a large request by first setting them up by having that person agree to a modest request.

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