10 “DARK Psychology” Tricks That Always Works

“Uncover the secrets of “dark psychology” with these 10 powerful tips guaranteed to influence behavior. From gaslighting to guilt-tripping, discover how manipulators use fear, love, and silence to control and coerce. Understand the power of social proof and forced partnerships. Be wary of the subtle manipulation of slightly erroneous information.


Gaslighting is a manipulation trick in which the person in front of you disrupts your mind and memories, creating doubt in you. They want you to perceive the situation exactly as they do—how you should see it, how you should feel. You start doing just that. Understand it with an example: suppose someone did something wrong with you, and when you were going to tell him, in no time he turned the situation around like it was not his fault but yours. This person is questioning your understanding, how you misunderstand things, how you made a mistake in listening, how you overreact, and how you set expectations too high, which hurts you because if in the past she did something wrong with you, it wasn’t their mistake, it was yours because you misunderstood things. You should stay away from such people because those who talk like this will appear around you the most.

Alarmist alarm:

Fear-mongering is about instilling fear in people so that your job gets done. This is a dark psychological trick that has been widespread since Hitler’s time, such as how he used the media and propaganda to make Jews the biggest threat to Germany, spreading fear of Jews among the people and bringing them under his control. While he kept saying this, the people kept believing. This thing is still very common today. Politicians use it; big companies spread fear of something to sell their product; a boss makes his employees fear that their job could disappear at any moment; people are afraid of losing the person in front of them in a relationship where people are trying to get you to do something by scaring you; so understand that fear is a lie and they are only taking advantage of it.

Love Bombing:

Love bombing is a trick most commonly used in romantic relationships where one person starts showing so much love that they bombard the other with affection through their words, gifts, and surprises, so much so that the recipient starts to like it too. And when he realizes that the victim is now under his control, he reduces the love bombing. This causes the other person to yearn for the same level of affection as before. A feeling of rejection begins to grow within them, and they begin to believe many unjustified things about the manipulator and fall prey to the manipulation. So whenever someone is too nice to you at first, understand that there may be something fishy going on.

Social proof:

Social proof, Robert’s The Psychology of Persuasion, tells us that when we are confused, we automatically look to our surroundings—people, celebrities, or influencers—to decide what is right. Social proof is a very common psychological trick: when you see people around you doing the same thing, you automatically start leaning towards those things. The trick that makes things dark is that people often try to create fake social proof. For example, watching positive movie reviews pushes us to go see the movie, even if it’s not that good. Someone who doesn’t seem so great to you, but your family and friends say it’s so good, starts to change your perception, and a lot of times your perception is being manipulated, and you don’t even realize it.

Silent treatment:

The silent treatment is also a very dark psychological hack that depends entirely on a single line. Silence speaks louder than words. Sometimes saying nothing works better than saying something or doing real things or drama. Because silence triggers multiple emotions in the other person, they become confused, start doubting themselves, get angry, and at the same time, their attachment to you also increases. Using this in a relationship is very bad.
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Guilt trigger:

A guilt trip is when the other person repeatedly reminds you of a past mistake, making you feel guilty, putting you in a vulnerable state, and making you do what they want you to do. For example, your partner convinces you to go somewhere, but you don’t want to go. Instead of explaining, they use words like, “You never go anywhere with me. Last time, too, we couldn’t go anywhere. I don’t love you because you don’t like going somewhere with me. By saying such things, they trap you in guilt, so that even if you don’t want to agree to their request, you at least agree out of guilt.

Forced team:

Team-up is a manipulation tactic in which the other person gives you a hand and you can’t do anything. This is easily noticed in professional life. Your boss comes and gives a long speech about how our company is stuck in a big problem and has brought an opportunity that we’re all in together, right? The moment you say yes, your boss will say that’s why we will all work together even this Sunday—no rest. This way, you become a victim of a forced team. This tip can be used by your friend, partner, colleague, or anyone else when they present their problem as if it were yours too.

Restriction of choices:

Restricting choices is a way to bring people closer to your direction. It is not easy to work directly with people, but when you impose limits on their choices, their decision-making power also becomes limited. For example, suppose you want your younger brother or sister to go to school. If you directly start telling someone to sit down and study, they might resist. But if you tell them to go outside and get things or start doing certain household chores because there’s no studying, then they might end up studying instead of doing those chores.

Amplification issues:

Amplifying problems simply means creating confusion. Watching two people argue on the road over a scratch, you might think it’s pointless. But when you are in this situation, you feel urgency and pressure, which puts you in a vulnerable state. For example, you were supposed to meet your partner at 5:00 p.m., but you arrived at 5:30 p.m. Now you might think it’s only half an hour late, but your partner will create a big scene, saying that he was standing on the road in the sun for half an hour, that he is hungry and dizzy, and you don’t care about the weather. You don’t want to go now. You are now vulnerable, and chances are you will spend the whole day quietly accepting your partner’s words.
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Slightly incorrect information:

Slightly bad people hide things from you by saying nothing or diverting conversations. But when you say something different from what they expect, they feel a natural need to correct you. For example, let’s say your coworker just quit their job. Now you want to know which company they applied to. If you ask them directly, they might not answer. So you ask indirectly, “I heard you are leaving India. No, not outside of India. Are you going to work here? Or? Delhi? No, Bangalore. Which startup did you join? No, it’s not a startup. What company?” This kind of person uses self-humiliation repeatedly to get what they want. It is mainly used to gain trust, ask for forgiveness, or strengthen relationships. When we insult ourselves or show ourselves on a negative day in front of someone else, he begins to feel superior, which makes him feel good. For example, if your partner is angry with you and does not accept anything, self-humiliation will work. “I am really bad. He doesn’t know how he made this mistake. No matter how hard I try, I always mess things up. A few lines like these are enough for manipulation. Women also downgrade themselves slightly to receive many complaints in return.
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