What we refer to as "reverse psychology" is more or less a strategy of deception based on expected defiance, and any short term gratification is often met with long term problems. So why has reverse psychology become such a trope in parenting or dealing with contrarians?
***This episode references guns and suicide and may be upsetting for some of our listeners***
Data can be a tricky thing to bring into discussions around guns and suicide. As Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke discuss in this episode of Two Guys on Your Head, being more critical about the way information is framed can help us make more informed decisions when thinking about preventing tragedies.
It turns out there is a lot to learn about when studying the psychology of near misses. One thing we learn is that the memories of these events--like the time you almost ran into a tree with your bike, or the time you stuck your head out of a moving train and then pulled it back in just before another train rushed passed by-- are different from other memories. Psychologists call these "flashbulb memories."