Convince Your Picky Partner – The Power of Touch

Creation of AdamDid you know that something as simple and subtle as touching someone on the arm or shoulder can increase compliance?

It’s true.

And touching a person in this way twice can increase compliance even more. A study conducted in 2008 demonstrated that, when random people were asked to complete a questionnaire, those “touched twice were more likely to complete the questionnaire than those touched once.”

Remember this the next time you talk baby names with your partner!

Source: 10 Psychological Effects of Nonsexual Touch
Image: The Creation of Adam, Michelangelo

One thought on “Convince Your Picky Partner – The Power of Touch

  1. More about touch:

    Is a touch on the arm all it takes to make you irresistibly persuasive?

    And from 10 quick ways to improve your life, distilled from tons of research, this:

    “Lightly touching someone on their upper arm makes them far more likely to agree to a request because the touch is unconsciously perceived as a sign of high status. In one dating study, the touch produced a 20 percent increase in the number of people who accepted an invitation to dance in a nightclub and a 10 percent increase in those who would give their telephone number to a stranger on the street.”

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