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Reverse psychology is a persuasion technique involving the false advocacy of a belief or behavior contrary to the belief or behavior which is actually being advocated. This technique relies on the psychological phenomenon of reactance, in which a person has a negative emotional response in reaction to being persuaded, and thus chooses the option which is being advocated against.
It is often used on children due to their lack of psychological understanding and higher rate of reactance.
A well-known example of reverse psychology is the Looney Tunes cartoon Rabbit Fire, where Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck are trying to convince Elmer Fudd it's the hunting season for the other species and not their own. After a back-and-forth with Bugs proclaiming "Duck season!" and Daffy "Wabbit [rabbit] season!", Bugs switches to say "Rabbit season!", to which Daffy begins saying "Duck season!"- even going to far as to exclaim "I say it's duck season, and I say, FIRE!"
Originally posted by idle_rocker
You know, I believe you're onto something here. Not only with the MSM but with office holders. Every time a candidate endorses or says they are against something, we should believe the opposite. Because how many times can we count when someone said one thing to be elected only to reverse their stance once in office? It has happened with every Presidential election I can remember, Democrat and Republican alike.
Great thread Doomsday. I knew I added you as a friend for some reason! lol