Created By: Vree on August 27, 2010 Last Edited By: Vree on August 29, 2010

Reverse Psychology Backfire

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A character tries Reverse Psychology on another. Unfortunately, there was never a need for it in the first place, and so the person does just what they didn't want them to to - and on their own request too.

  • Jon once tries to keep Garfield away from the curtains by asking him to sharpen his claws on it. It does not work.
  • (I don't remember the name of the series - I think it was "Bepo's Men"? It's a police drama.) A father tries to keep her daughter from entering the police force by telling her that she should, thinking that it is just a phase for her and she just says she wants to be one to spite him. She doesn't.
Community Feedback Replies: 4
  • January 21, 2010
    I remember a Fresh Prince Of Bel Air episode where the main character's little brother wants to leave the house, so the main character sides with him, giving him all sorts of advice on how to survive in the streets. After this goes on for a while, the little brother announces he's not leaving anymore, "but not because of that reverse psychology stuff you were doing." "Oh? Why then?" "I'm 9 years old, you moron!"
  • February 4, 2010
    • G La DOS from Portal tris this a lot, unfortnately she doesn't know much about the human psyche, and her intentions are very, very transparent.
  • August 29, 2010
    • Batman The Brave And The Bold, "Sidekicks Assemble" takes this to I Know You Know I Know levels. There's two islands that need to be searched for Ra's al Ghul's base; when Batman states that one is a more likely location and the other is probably a decoy, Robin assumes that Batman's using reverse psychology and decides to check the "decoy" island. After Robin leaves, Batman says that he knew Robin would expect reverse psychology, so he was completely honest about the two islands. Only when they reach the islands Batman finds that his island was the decoy, and Robin ends up finding Ra's' base.
  • August 29, 2010
    In a Simpsons Flash Back to when Marge was pregnant with Lisa, Bart wouldn't give up his crib. Homer decides to try reverse psychology. "Let the baby have his crib." It doesn't work, as Bart stays in the crib, so Homer runs back in and tries to pull Bart out, who is holding on tight to the bars. (But OTOH Homer only gave it a couple of seconds before cominig back in to pull Bart out.)