The Simple Way to Get What You Want

The Simple Way to Get What You Want

So many ways to use this one!

Whether it’s haggling for a vintage blue coat at a flea market, buying a car, getting your kids to clean their room or asking the person you love to find more time for you, new research has found the way to ask to give your request more muscle – and you more chance of getting what you want.

Let’s set a scene … You’ve been wandering around the antique market (and if you’re not into antiques, play along anyway – it’ll be worth it!) and you find the perfect armchair. Needs a bit of work but you’ve fallen in love. You’ve been looking for the perfect armchair forever and this is it. Or maybe, technically, you haven’t been looking that hard, but it’s just so freaking gorgeous. Now to get it for the right money.

There are two ways to ask the question (okay clever ones – you’re right – there are plenty more ways to ask the question but they all come down to these two): 

  • Will you sell the chair to me for $200?
  • I will give you $200 for the chair.

 The content in the two sentences is identical, but the second one is the way to go. Here’s why.

The first one, ‘Will you sell the chair to me for $200′, draws the attention to the selling of the chair, which is what the seller will lose if the deal is struck. When the questions is framed like this, the words are around loss – ‘sell’, ‘let go of’, ‘will you give me’. That loss is at the front of the offer and is the first thing the seller will hear.

On the other hand, the second option points out what the seller has to gain: ‘I will give you $200 …’. ‘Give’ – it’s such a lovely word, especially when you’re on the receiving end. See how that works?

According to psychologist Dr. Roman Trötschel of Leuphana University of Lüneburg, the one whose loss is emphasized will be less willing to compromise .

The researchers conducted eight studies involving a total of 650 participants to see if the theory held up. It did.

Here’s what you need to know:

If whatever you’re offering is put at the front of the offer, you’ll achieve better results.

It works this way for the buyer or the seller:

  • As the buyer, try, ‘I’ll give you $200 for the chair.’
  • As the seller, try, ‘You can have the chair for $200.’

But it’s not just for money matters. You’ll Love This …

The news gets better. This works for any negotiation, even if it’s not money at stake.

Wanting to head somewhere special for a weekend away? Try ‘let’s have some time together and head to the beach this weekend. Just the two of us.’ 

Want your kids to push a bit harder with schoolwork? ‘You’ll do a great job of this test. Now, go and put in some work, hey?”

The main takeaway from this research is to put what the other person has to gain at the front of the offer. Try it and see how you go.

The beauty of something like this is that there’s absolutely no harm in trying. Nothing to lose. Everything to gain. What’s not to love about that.           

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Let them know …

Anxiety shows up to check that you’re okay, not to tell you that you’re not. It’s your brain’s way of saying, ‘Not sure - there might be some trouble here, but there might not be, but just in case you should be ready for it if it comes, which it might not – but just in case you’d better be ready to run or fight – but it might be totally fine.’ Brains can be so confusing sometimes! 

You have a brain that is strong, healthy and hardworking. It’s magnificent and it’s doing a brilliant job of doing exactly what brains are meant to do – keep you alive. 

Your brain is fabulous, but it needs you to be the boss. Here’s how. When you feel anxious, ask yourself two questions:

- ‘Do I feel like this because I’m in danger or because there’s something brave or important I need to do?’

- Then, ‘Is this a time for me to be safe (sometimes it might be) or is this a time for me to be brave?

And remember, you will always have ‘brave’ in you, and anxiety doesn’t change that a bit.♥️

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The temptation to fix their big feelings can be seismic. Often this is connected to needing to ease our own discomfort at their discomfort, which is so very normal.

Big feelings in them are meant to raise (sometimes big) feelings in us. This is all a healthy part of the attachment system. It happens to mobilise us to respond to their distress, or to protect them if their distress is in response to danger.

Emotion is energy in motion. We don’t want to bury it, stop it, smother it, and we don’t need to fix it. What we need to do is make a safe passage for it to move through them. 

Think of emotion like a river. Our job is to hold the ground strong and steady at the banks so the river can move safely, without bursting the banks.

However hard that river is racing, they need to know we can be with the river (the emotion), be with them, and handle it. This might feel or look like you aren’t doing anything, but actually it’s everything.

The safety that comes from you being the strong, steady presence that can lovingly contain their big feelings will let the emotional energy move through them and bring the brain back to calm.

Eventually, when they have lots of experience of us doing this with them, they will learn to do it for themselves, but that will take time and experience. The experience happens every time you hold them steady through their feelings. 

This doesn’t mean ignoring big behaviour. For them, this can feel too much like bursting through the banks, which won’t feel safe. Sometimes you might need to recall the boundary and let them know where the edges are, while at the same time letting them see that you can handle the big of the feeling. Its about loving and leading all at once. ‘It’s okay to be angry. It’s not okay to use those words at me.’

Ultimately, big feelings are a call for support. Sometimes support looks like breathing and being with. Sometimes it looks like showing them you can hold the boundary, even when they feel like they’re about to burst through it. And if they’re using spicy words to get us to back off, it might look like respecting their need for space but staying in reaching distance, ‘Ok, I’m right here whenever you need.’♥️
We all need certain things to feel safe enough to put ourselves into the world. Kids with anxiety have magic in them, every one of them, but until they have a felt sense of safety, it will often stay hidden.

‘Safety’ isn’t about what is actually safe or not, but about what they feel. At school, they might have the safest, most loving teacher in the safest, most loving school. This doesn’t mean they will feel enough relational safety straight away that will make it easier for them to do hard things. They can still do those hard things, but those things are going to feel bigger for a while. This is where they’ll need us and their other anchor adult to be patient, gentle, and persistent.

Children aren’t meant to feel safe with and take the lead from every adult. It’s not the adult’s role that makes the difference, but their relationship with the child.

Children are no different to us. Just because an adult tells them they’ll be okay, it doesn’t mean they’ll feel it or believe it. What they need is to be given time to actually experience the person as being safe, supportive and ready to catch them.

Relationship is key. The need for safety through relationship isn’t an ‘anxiety thing’. It’s a ‘human thing’. When we feel closer to the people around us, we can rise above the mountains in our way. When we feel someone really caring about us, we’re more likely to open up to their influence
and learn from them.

But we have to be patient. Even for teachers with big hearts and who undertand the importance of attachment relationships, it can take time.

Any adult at school can play an important part in helping a child feel safe – as long as that adult is loving, warm, and willing to do the work to connect with that child. It might be the librarian, the counsellor, the office person, a teacher aide. It doesn’t matter who, as long as it is someone who can be available for that child at dropoff or when feelings get big during the day and do little check-ins along the way.

A teacher, or any important adult can make a lasting difference by asking, ‘How do I build my relationship with this child so s/he trusts me when I say, ‘I’ve got you, and I know you can do this.’♥️

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