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reverse psychology

noun
1.
(in nontechnical use) a method of getting another person to do what one wants by pretending not to want it or to want something else or something more.
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  • He became a big proponent of reverse psychology, baiting opponents into underestimating your strength.
Contemporary definitions for reverse psychology
noun

a technique of convincing a person that they will not succeed in hopes that it will spur them to succeed; a technique employing pessimism in order to effect a positive outcome

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