Quotes / Reverse Psychology

"What Dr. Cox did was classic reverse psychology. And so is this: [backing up] Behavioral modification can sometimes be brought about through classic conditioning! [beat] Reverse psychology? Nothing? 'Cause that really kills at the psychiatric conferences."
Dr. Molly Clock, Scrubs ("My Old Friend's New Friend")

"With Duncan [MacLeod] taking over for Connor, the producers still felt that there needed to be a passing of the torch of some sort. Otherwise, Duncan would just be seen as a cheap knockoff of Connor. So they went back to Christopher Lambert and offered him that obscene amount of money to guest star in the show. Lambert still didnít want to do TV on a regular basis, though, and said that his price had gone up, and that the obscene amount of money they were offering him would only be good for one episode.

So what happened? The producers caved, and Lambert made out like a bandit. I donít know who his agent was, but the guy was a mastermind. He took a half-blind, non-English speaking actor and turned him into a major action hero, making a killing in a franchise that should have died with the first sequel."
The Screemsheet on Highlander: The Series

"If thereís one thing Hulk Hogan understands, itís that for true longevity, you need to weave yourself into the fabric of history. For example, Elvis was a huge fan when Hulk was working in Memphis, and would regularly go to see him wrestle. Hogan debuted in í79, the King died in í77. During one interview, he made a point to stamp out all those incorrect stories of him being romantically linked with Dolly Parton. And Pamela Anderson. Oh, and Drew Barrymore and Brooke Shields. Actually, rumour-killing is a great idea. While Iíve got your attention, I just went to put the record straight and say that all that stuff you might have heard about me ruining Jennifer Lawrence with my Pringles-can of a nob is hearsay at best."

"...if you were on the Price is Right and your Showcase Showdown was Flavor Flav on a dinette set with his dick out, you would pass. And the second contestant would bid one dollar and still go over. Because it's no longer medically legal to sell that dinette set, and buying dick from Flavor Flav... why, that's like trying to buy a rain cloud. That's why on game shows where the prize is a person, TV producers had to come up with a whole new system for winning and losing.

The Bachelor developed the rose ceremony and, since then, all dating reality shows have used a slight variation on it. It goes like this: You line up the people trying to win you and hand out roses until you're out of roses. Then the remaining people emotionally break down as it hits them that they're not even in the top 17 people that Flavor Flav would allow on his furniture-tainting dick."

Chuck: The trick to dealing with stubborn people is making things so that they are stubborn about exactly the thing you want to accomplish instead of the opposite.
Eve: How?
Chuck: Mind tricks. Like, for example, there is this really really important mission, but you are not sure if your guys are willing to do it. So just have to act like they are not ALLOWED to go on that mission, and soon you have an entire squad insisting that they want to do it no matter what.