Yesterday I was reading about observational studies, including ways to influence people without actually speaking to them. In other words, silent communication. Not that I want to influence anyone, mind you. Nor be silent. As you learned in last week’s post, not speaking is tough for me.
But ever since I minored in Abnormal Psychology in college I’ve been fascinated by studies that attempt to interpret behavior (probably why I’m so interested in true crime stories). So here’s what I learned from these various studies:
2) If you’re a waitress, studies show that servers who touch customers on the arm, shoulder or hand get better tips. So get grabby and rake in the bucks, ladies! I’m guessing that means waiters, however, should keep their hands to themselves, lest they get slapped with a sexual harassment suit. Talk about double standards…
5) According to the Smell and Taste Treatment Research Foundation (yes, this place actually exists), lavender and pumpkin pie turn men on. Next on the list — donuts and black licorice. Now if you’ll kindly excuse me, I’ve got a pumpkin pie to bake.
6) If you want someone to say yes, nod your head. Nods are as contagious as yawns.
7) If you want to appear sexually experienced, get a tattoo. You’ll be viewed as a thrill and adventure-seeking person with less inhibitions. Now if you’ll kindly excuse me again, I have somewhere I need to be.
9) When you’re losing a game, bad body language can cause a downward spiral, so act like you’re winning. Square your shoulders, puff out your chest and walk with confidence; you might turn the game around. I’ll let you know how this works next time I’m getting smoked at tennis.
10) Supposedly, finger length is linked to hormone levels. If a man’s ring and index fingers are the same length, he may be gay. If a woman’s ring finger is noticeably longer than her index finger, she may be gay. And here’s an observation I can safely say without having conducted a study: every one of you stopped and looked at your hand just now, didn’t you?
Originally posted in February, 2017.