I am beginning to compile a list of strategies that sometimes work. Anyone have any ideas to add that have worked for you??? Strategies that Work 1. Reverse psychology-after stating a request, if he refuses multiple times to do it, then tell him he doesnt have to. He usually knows what the right thing to do is and will then comply because the power struggle is over. 2. Distraction-when he refuses to do something and seems to be stuck and headed toward a meltdown, switch the topic and give him something active to do.