(Closed) Reverse Psychology

posted 6 years ago in Relationships
Post # 3
9674 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

@OneOfTheseDaysAlice:   That’s awesome! 

I don’t think it was playing games, I think it was a wise decision you made to stop giving him a hard time and also to make things better for yourself. 

It wasn’t exactly reverse psychology because you didn’t tell him you would prefer that he NOT come home to you – that would have been the reverse. 

What you did was lift the pressure off of him and allow him to make a decision that his healthy male ego was ok with.  In other words, men don’t like being guilted or pressured into doing something, and if we pressure them or whine about something they’re likely to do the opposite of what we want.  However, if we treat them with respect – while making our preference known – but also making it known that if he decides to go against our preference we will still be ok, it keeps their ego intact and they can feel good about themselves for choosing our preference.  Not that we pressured them into it.  Does that make sense?

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