Neil Pascua, a student from Hesperia, California used reverse psychology to persuade his teacher to raise his grade. He sent his teacher an email and then posted it on Twitter. Since May 27, 2017, when he posted it, the post has gone viral.
In his tweet, he posted a screenshot of the email along with the grade he ended up receiving. He added text to the tweet, which stated: “A little reverse psychology. Not sure that it will work every time, but you gotta take a risk sometimes.”
The post currently has 30,000 retweets and 142,000 likes. These numbers are quite impressive considering that he only has 427 followers. He then kept the Twitter world updated, with a screenshot of the reply back from his teacher.
The tweet stated “From my teacher when requesting to lower my “grad” (very nerve racking).” The reply back from his teacher stated “That’s a first! I’ll see what I can do, Neil.”
He then showed the Twitter world further proof when people asked for it. He posted the screenshot of a video from Snapchat that shows Neil on his phone zooming into the new grade that he received.
Neil was very clever, as he successfully turned an almost A- into a solid A- by using reverse psychology.
He ultimately admitted to his teacher what he had done, but she was not even mad because she is a “cool” teacher, according to Neil.
People on Twitter, as well as people all over the Internet, were in awe of what Neil did to earn the grade. Some people were shocked about what he did, while others were surprised and appalled.
Other clever people even tried copying exactly what Neil did, but they had no success in doing it at all.
Neil’s success in using reverse psychology shows that it is possible to trick your teachers into successfully changing your grade.
It also shows that maybe there is a way to use reverse psychology to persuade other people to do things that will be of benefit to you.