Sometimes when you want something, it pays to use reverse psychology. In the case of putting an animal up for adoption, most people extol the virtues of a cat such as how well it gets along with children and other pets, or how sweet the animal is around its owners.
That’s not what the Cats of Melbourne Adoption Agency did when they put Mr. Biggles up for adoption. Rather than try to emphasize his positive attributes, they chose to highlight his most negative traits.
“Mr. Biggles is a despot and dictator, he will let you know he is not happy, which is often because things are often just not up to his high standards,” the adoption advertisement reads. “Mr Biggles likes his cuddles on his terms, and will sit in your lap when he decides it’s time. If the stroking is not up to his standards, he will nip you.”
By positioning Mr. Biggles as a badass, the adoption agency is not only preparing potential owners for the worse, but they’re actively challenging them to see if they can contain Mr. giggles as a pet. Now that’s reverse psychology.