Cold Reading - How to read someone's mind.
Cold Reading - Do you have the personality?
Is this you? On a scale of 1 to 5, how well does this fit YOUR
Some of your aspirations tend to be pretty unrealistic. At times
you are extroverted, affable, sociable, while at other times you are
introverted, wary, and reserved. You have found it unwise to be too
frank in revealing yourself to others. You pride yourself as being
an independent thinker and do not accept other's opinions without
satisfactory proof. You prefer a certain amount of change and
variety and become dissatisfied when hemmed in by restrictions and
limitations. At times you have serious doubts as to whether you
have made the right decision or done the right thing. Disciplined
and controlled on the outside, you tend to be worrisome and insecure
on the inside. Your sexual adjustment has presented some problems
for you. While you have some personality weaknesses, you are
generally able to compensate for them. You have a great deal of
unused capacity which you have not turned to your advantage. You
have a tendency to be critical of yourself. You have a strong need
for other people to like you and for them to admire you.
OK, so what do you reckon? 1/5? 5/5? Decide now, then read on...
If you score 4 or 5, then you could be the idea subject for "cold reading".
What is Cold Reading?
This web page was inspired by a posting to the sci.skeptic
In article <37268EBF.98E522AD@nowhere.com>, anon <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>What she does is easily explained in a book called "13 Steps to Mentalism" by
>Corinda. It is a techinque called "cold reading." Get the book, it is very
>interesting.. check around page 339 or so.
>This book was a revelation for me.. I always wondered how some of these
>people could "read the future" or "read minds." It is a real eye opener for
>anyone interested in amateur magic, mantalism, or just fooling your friends
>on a bar bet.
I had no idea what cold reading was, but I was intrigued, did a search
and found the following description:
Cold reading is a technique used by tarot card readers, psychics,
palm readers, astrologers, and even con men to get people to believe
that the cold reader knows all about them, even though they have
never met. Unlike hot reading, cold reading uses no secretly
obtained or other advance knowledge about the person being read.
Cold reading relies on an inventory of vague statements about the
person's personality, tailored feedback, selective recall of correct
impressions, and an assortment of other tricks. The most effective
weapon is the stock spiel, a set of statements about the person that
are vague enough to fit anyone yet deceptively seem
That's what you just got in the "personality test" paragraph
above. Interestingly, your level of gullibility, gender, occupation,
make no difference to your acceptance of this "bunkum". Even an
aquaintance with psychology doesn't have a dramatic effect, but a need
for social approval does. (Congames.com
What is the Forer Effect (AKA Barnum Effect)?
The Forer or Barnum effect is "A type of selective thinking whereby
one, when presented with numerous general and specific claims about
oneself or someone one knows, ignores the inaccuracies while
interpreting the general claims as accurate." [Definition from
Skeptic's Dictionary (1997 version)
For more details, check these links:
-- Andy Pryke
- 24 Mar 2001