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Published on: 03 Nov 2008 by inge_binge
I’m sure many of you have begged your parents at least
once or twice for that “special” gift for your birthday or Christmas.
And chances are, you’ve failed at least once. I’m here to tell you the
tips, tricks, and subtle psychological ways to get what you want. And
you want the big gift. An iPod, a computer, or possibly even a car. Now
keep in mind, though this is easy and works about 90% of the time, it
takes time to execute properly. Just remain diligent and don’t take
your mind off of your goal.
-First, you start
out with the basics. Just ask your parents for what you want. Do this a
few months in advance, so these phases aren’t too close together and
become annoying. Ask both, though, so they both know that you do, in
fact, want this gift. Now, the other thing to do is find your “weak”
parent. Which is more likely to give in and buckle under the pressure?
Which one is less likely to beat you with a stick for asking 20 times?
is probably the worst phase as it requires you to act a bit childish
and knock off a few maturity points. You have to stress that you don’t
want this, you need this. Say you really want it, let them know
it’s needed to fit in and to be considered normal by your peers, lest
you be ridiculed for not having what they have. See, this phase let’s
them know you mean business. You weren’t joking when you asked
originally, you weren’t just throwing it out there and hoping for a
miracle. When you asked, you meant it.
this should be done a couple weeks after the first two phases. The
objective now is to keep this thought in your parent’s mind. You’re not
asking anymore, or else you’ll become a nuisance and your parent will
be more likely to just say no. So, you lighten the mood, you make some
jokes. “Hey [parent], I bet an iPod would come in handy right about
now” or “Ya know, if I had a car, you wouldn’t have to drive me
everywhere.” Make it blatantly sarcastic so they don’t really get
angry, but it still keeps the thought in mind and may possibly get them
thinking about the advantages of buying you your desired gift.
we’ll elaborate on the advantages. Show them the positive effects of
this gift. If it’s a car, that means parents no longer need to give you
a ride everywhere. A computer may cut down on the time you’re hogging
the family computer. Perhaps it’s a game system and by getting this,
it’d give you a reason to get a job to pay for future games. You get
the point, right? This tactic is complimented by cutting out articles
and information and showing your parents. You know what you want, you
want them to know why, and you’re taking the initiative to do some work
yourself to save them trouble. Plus, this also benefits you so they
don’t get you the wrong gift. You want an Xbox 360, not a regular Xbox.
-We’re almost done. Basically, you want to act like you know
you’re getting this gift. Make audible, but seemingly random comments
such as “Wow, I’d love to get [item], but I can’t since I’m getting
[gift of choice]”. Maybe you want to follow up on this with a “I guess
I could get a job to pay for [item]”. This is like an alarm for parents
telling them that you’re mature, you’re responsible, and that you’ll do
what’s necessary for what you want. Now they actually think you deserve
this gift. If you do these things correctly, you should end up with
your desired gift.
does work! I have used this tactic many times and in doing so, I’ve
aquired a TV, computer, guitar, stereo,
expensive books and probably more things that I
can’t think of. Some call it immature, I call it strategy. Just
remember these things and you’ll do fine:
+--Employ no more than one Phase a week. It doesn’t hurt to do one every few weeks, depending on how early you started.
your parent(s) get annoyed, take a break and wait for them to cool
down. This could be a few days or it could be a week. Just be patient.
sure to also ask for another bigger gift. One that you don’t want as
much, yet you are less likely to get. This then ensures you get the
next biggest thing. Keep in mind, this may be hard to do when asking
for a car.
+--Sneak a few hints to grandparents. They’re the most
likely to get you what you want. So even if they don’t get you it, they
can guilt trip your parent into doing so.
+--The week before the
holiday event is the week you should stress this the most. Use any of
the phases in any order whenever you can in this final weak. Think of
it as a “final push” towards getting what you want.
Good luck y'all :D