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15 people share the times they were shocked that a scheme or plan actually worked.

15 people share the times they were shocked that a scheme or plan actually worked.

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The internet is full of quick fixes and supposed solutions, it's rare when something actually works. Every pop-up add boasts "the cure that doctors HATE!" or "this app will solve all of your problems, healing your relationship with your mother while strengthening your calves."

Because there's so much BS out there, it's news when a tip is actually helpful. A thread asking Reddit to share their "'HOLY SH*T IT WORKS!' moments" featured both practical advice for amateur detectives and mechanics, and also crucial health tips for people struggling with anxiety or ADD.

1. Repetition works. I repeat: repetition works.

I read the book “Never Split The Difference” which was written by an FBI hostage negotiator about how to use negotiation tactics in every-day life. Around the time that I was reading it, my sister asked me to talk to her oldest son about some poor choices he was making - getting into the wrong crowd and all that. Against all odds he still thinks I’m cool, so I decided I’d give it a shot and use some of what I’d read in the book to get him to talk.

One of the big things in the book is “mirroring” wherein you just repeat the last thing that a person said and they keep unpacking what they’re talking about, without actually being asked a question - the author describes it like a Jedi mind trick because it allows you to get the person talking without them ever feeling interrogated. They essentially interview themselves. So I tried it with my nephew and it was friggin' amazing. He’s normally kind of quiet and doesn’t like to talk too much about himself, but I asked him one question and then mirrored his response and boom - he started talking. I was amazed at how that junk worked. -somemetausername

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