Want them to do things for you? Invest wisely!
There are two reasons people do things: a) because it avoids pain or b) because it is pleasing to do. In trying to get other people to help you, to do things for you, amazingly most people experience and use the first reason vastly more often than the latter. “Hurt them till they do what you want.”
Now, in a relationship of unequals (hierarchy, parent/child, boss/employee) either method will work – at least for a while. In a relationship of equals (marriage, friendship, long-term committed partnership) method one (hurting ’em) is short-sighted and leads eventually to a collapse of the relationship. You’ll end up living alone.
Making things pleasurable for them, is the only viable long-term solution. Doing things for each other must become a pleasure. Learning how to feel generous and to “make your partner feel generous” are critically valuable skills. Believing in finding Win-Win solutions, is the only way.
Expectations are a problem. I believe, after age 8, no one is entitled to anything. People must earn what they get. Here are some reliable ideas I have found.
- $25 @ Make them feel heard (Mirror or equivalent)
- $100 to 250 @ Make them feel sane (PreValidate or equivalent)
- $500 @ Make them feel understood (Validate or equivalent)
- $100 to 1000 @ Make them feel cared for (Caring Behavior)
- $250 to 10,000 @ Heal them (Behavior Change Requests)
- $25 to 500 @ Share yourself with them
- $ -25 to –500 @ Don’t listen to them
- $ -50 to -1000 @ Interrupt them
- $ -50 to -2000 @ Push them
- $ -300 to -5000 @ Invalidate them
- $ -25 to -500 @ Active or passive lying
- $ -50 to – 500 @ Try to persuade them
- $ -100 to -1500 @ Argue with them
- $ -200 to -7500 @ Threaten, get angry at, them
- $ -100 to -2000 @ Pretend to agree
Note: The phrase “Make them feel…” may seem a little odd, as elsewhere I have a OneLiner that says, “No one can make anyone feel anything.” And That Oneliner is a good boundary rule. However in this situation I am trying to make a point.
But we can speak of actions that are transpersonal. The action is done by one person and the reaction (desirable or undesirable) occurs in another. The action is “successful” only if the feeling occurs in the other. What I am trying to say is that for the Earner or Spender to be successful their partner must have the related feeling. Thus to earn $25 the Earner must do what it takes for the receiver to feel heard (Item 1 above). Now Mirroring is a training tool that teaches lots of skills that may work. But one can Mirror them and your partner of the moment may not feel heard, and no points are gained. When I say, “Make them ….” I am just saying that to earn the points, the other person must have the feeling (heard, understood, sane, cared for, healed.)
Your task, should you desire to earn the points, is to learn what works with your partner.