If you’ve ever watched a show where Derren Brown was able to predict people’s thoughts or even implant ideas in people’s minds, you must have been blown away.
However, there is a much simpler and also a complex explanation to mind reading. This is because there are more simple and complex mind reading techniques yet they all follow the same basic steps.
Not only mentalists and magicians can read people’s minds. Renowned American psychiatrist and psychologist, Milton Erickson was well known for making accurate predictions about people. And not only that, he was also able to implant indirect suggestions in the unconscious mind.
This goes far to show you that mind reading doesn’t involve magic or supernatural influence as you were made to believe. Instead, you would have to focus more on psychology and the power of observation.
Now that, that’s out of the way, let’s dive deeper into how to be a mind reader.
How To Be A Mind Reader
Get Deep Rooted In Psychology
If you’re really serious about being a mind reader, then you need to get read a lot more about human psychology. You need to learn how human beings process information and how they store information.
Before performing a mind reading trick, mentalists or magicians get people to talk about themselves and share a little about their experiences. Here, the performer doesn’t just listen to what they say, but watches their body language and reads their emotions while paying attention to their words.
You might have seen a magician ask everyone in the audience to think of a number and say it within themselves repeatedly. Then out of the blues, he points out someone in the audience and predicts the number they picked.
Some performers can predict the number after calling the person out while others use cards or other materials to guess the number.
Whichever one they go for, they all employ the powers of observation. You may think that the performer picks someone from the audience at random, well they don’t.
While asking the audience to think of a number and say it repeatedly, they focus on individuals who seem to mumble the number or those that make gestures.
In their eyes, these individuals can easily give away clues as to the number that they have chosen without them even knowing it. The performer simply calls them on stage and uses those clues to correctly predict the number.
There are some popular sayings about certain individuals, cultures, races, or people from a particular state. For example, “barbecue is like religion to Texans”.
There are more like universal experiences. Universal experiences is a technique in hypnosis also known as the 7 Ages of Man. It refers to the experiences almost everybody would have to experience at some point in their lives.
In the picture above, you can see how these experiences differ from age group to age group (note that this pictorial mainly applies to Western culture). This picture is more of a guide to help you learn more about a person by just asking them their age and what they for a living.
You can even tell by observing them. Their hair, facial structure, eyes, posture, clothing, fashion choices, body language etc give out a lot of information.
This is something you will learn from psychology but I’ll go ahead and explain it. Most people have a routine that they repeat every day.
Mothers wake up at a certain time of the day to prep their kids up for school and for some, to also get ready for work. People working a 9-5 job also have a routine that allows them to arrive at work early. Repetition can also occur with familiarity.
Let’s say in the USA, you are more likely to come across an eagle than an elephant. So if you’re asked to pick an animal starting with e, you’d go for an eagle.
But if your nursery rhymes keep calling out an elephant as an animal starting with e, you’d definitely think of an elephant more often than an eagle. So you’re more familiar with hearing about an elephant and your brain is going to take that in.
These routines go deep into the brain and encourage repetition. Performers exploit this in a way. For example, the grey elephants from Denmark trick. This trick exploits familiarity and repetition allowing the performer to predict your moves.
Limit Their Options
If you’ve ever noticed, performers usually limit the answers to the questions they ask to Yes or No. In some acts, the questions may allow for a broader answer, however, the most likely answers are also within the performer’s control.
So when a performer is telling their audience to think of a number that he will then predict, he won’t tell them to think from 1 – 100 but rather 1 – 10.
In some cases, however, he could tell them to pick from 1 – 1,000 but use a technique to bring their final options to between 1 – 10.
This is psychology, familiarity, and repetition altogether. When you tell the subject to think of a certain thing, you would want to limit their options not just by telling them to pick between several numbers, but also to suggest the exact number to them.
Milton H. Eriksson also uses suggestions to get the unconscious mind to believe and do things. The same with mentalists like Derren Brown.
Mind Reading Magic Tricks Revealed
These are some basic mind reading tricks that make use of the concepts explained above.
Mentalism Mind Reading Trick
This tutorial is more in-depth. It should help you read the minds of your friends, strangers, or just anybody regardless of what they are thinking of.
Mind Reading Trick With Math
If you’ve been running away from Math since high school because it’s boring, well, here is one fun thing you can do with math.
5 Mind Reading Magic Tricks
This tutorial is packed with everything so you’re sure to learn some new tricks here.
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If you want an awesome relationship, you create one.
One of the best ways to start creating that relationship is by letting people in on what is going on in our heads. By letting them in on the weird and wacky world that exists in there. Stop pretending it isn’t, you and I both know it is.
As a life coach, I have seen this trend lately where we believe someone loves us more if they can figure out what we are thinking at all times. That they know instantly when we are happy, upset, frustrated, excited, disappointed, etc., and more importantly, they understand why we are feeling those emotions. Because they just “get us”.
Who told you that crap? If you know who did, take away their wine for a week and send them to bed without their supper!
Reality check. People do not show their love by randomly guessing correctly what is going on in that very, very complicated place we call our brain. They show love by asking questions, listening, supporting and learning about who we are.
I don’t know about you but I can be thinking about Louis C.K. one second and the kitten video I watched that morning the next. I mean literally the next second. It all connected in my head, but why would I expect anyone else to keep up? Aren’t they also trying to make a living, be a functional human being and deal with all of their own stuff in the process?
Ain’t nobody got time for that.
When we make them guess or put these wackadoo expectations on them, it is not them who is letting you down by not guessing correctly about what is going through your head. It is you who is letting them down for making them guess. Playing games. Punishing them when they don’t know. Making them feel like a lesser person in the relationship because they can’t read your mind.
That is just setting them up for failure and why would you want the most important person in your life to fail? How is that creating an incredible lasting relationship?
Amazing and healthy relationships happen when both people get to win. When both people get to feel great, supported and more importantly, loved.
Every move you make should be working towards asking questions, really listening to answers and understanding each other.
So that is why when someone asks you “what’s wrong?” Tell them.
If you are interested, let them know. Most times they need you to NOT be subtle.
If you are having a bad day, explain it to them. Then they can know it is not about them and learn how to support you.
If you have expectations about something, share them. When you can talk about what you want or need, they can actually try step up to reach your expectations or help figure out what can work for both of you. See? Win-win!
At the end of the day, most importantly, you just want to let them in. No matter how scary it is.
You may be shocked at how amazing they can be, once you actually let them.
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People don’t like being told what to do. There’s even a word for it: reactance.
“Psychological reactance is a negative emotional state that we feel when we’re not in control of our behavior,” says Jonah Berger, author of The Catalyst: How to Change Anyone’s Mind, and a marketing professor at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. “We have a drive for freedom and autonomy. Anytime we feel like someone else is trying to persuade us, or shape our behavior or actions or attitudes, we essentially put up an anti-persuasion radar. You can almost think about it like an anti-missile defense system.”
This can be useful in many ways. It’s the reason that advertisements don’t empty our bank accounts, and why we don’t (usually) fall for scams.
But reactance can also be counterproductive. A CEO may need to make necessary changes at a company, but employees don’t like being told to do something new. Public health officials may want people to wear masks, even though some people consider it an infringement on their rights.
Here are four ways to shift people’s behavior without triggering their reactance.
1. Give people choice
“At its core, what drives reactance is people don’t feel like they’re in control,” Berger says. “Any way you can give that control back, and let people persuade themselves, means they’re going to be more likely to go along.”
For example, when a leader gives people a mandate, people often think about all the reasons they don’t like the mandate. But if a leader gives them two options — say, Option A or Option B — their minds do something different. “Rather than sitting there going, ‘Well, let me think about all the reasons I don’t like A,’ the person sits there going, ‘Well, which one do I like better? A or B?’ And because they’re thinking about which one they like better, they’re much more likely to make a choice.”
2. Let people create their own options
How do you get people to work harder and put in more hours? If you instruct them to do it, they may resent you. And if you give them two options — work more, or work less — they’re unlikely to make the choice you want. So now what?
Berger’s answer: Present the problem, and let them develop the solutions.
He recently spoke with a startup founder who did this effectively. The founder needed his team to put in more hours, but didn’t want to demand it. Instead, the founder held a meeting and said, “What kind of company do we want to be — a good company, or a great company?”
“A great company,” everyone said.
“Well, how can we be?” he asked.
People proposed solutions, one of which was to work harder. Later in the meeting, the founder came back to that idea and said, “That’s a great suggestion. Let’s do it.”
“It’s going to be much harder for people not to go along,” Berger says, “because they came up with the idea themselves.”
3. Highlight the gap
Want to change someone’s behavior? Instead of telling them what they’re doing wrong, Berger says, “point out a gap between their attitudes and their actions — or what they are doing and what they might recommend for someone else.”
This worked excellently a few years ago in Thailand. The government was running an unsuccessful anti-smoking campaign, and couldn’t figure out how to break through. It hired the advertising firm Ogilvy Thailand, which executed a brilliant idea: It sent children into the streets with cigarettes, and had them approach smokers and ask for a light. In response, the smokers started lecturing the children. “If you smoke, you die faster,” one adult tells a child. “Don’t you want to live and play?”
Once the adult’s lecture was done, the kid would hand over a card and walk away. The card said: “You worry about me, but why not about yourself?”
Hidden cameras filmed the exchanges, and the ad firm then packaged the footage into a commercial. It quickly led to a 40 percent increase in calls to an agency that helps people stop smoking.
4. Use social pressure
People may be stubborn, but they don’t often like to be out of step with their peers. “Just pointing out what the norm is — saying, ‘Hey, just so you know, this is what people are doing’ — can often be a way to get around reactance,” Berger says.
For example, tax collectors in the United Kingdom started sending letters to people who aren’t paying their taxes. Rather than demand payment, the letters pointed out that most of their neighbors pay their taxes. As a result, payment rates went up. “You’re just giving them information that makes them reconsider their own actions,” Berger says.
Want to understand how to change behavior?
For more insight into how to change people’s minds, click to listen to the podcast episode “Why People Hate Being Told What To Do” by Build For Tomorrow. Or, listen in the player below.
How many times have you felt you have been right about that certain person or how many times you have blamed yourself for not reading the other person well? Do you have the ability to read other’s feeling by looking at their facial expressions? Do you have the power to read people?
By taking this test, you will be able to figure out how well can you observe others by looking at their facial expressions. Do you read them immediately with your empathy skills and can tell exactly what’s going on in their mind? Do you have strong intuition but you tend to ignore it? Do you need to pay more attention to how others are reacting?
Look at the pictures and click on the answers you feel correct. The quiz will calculate your observation skills, if you have the power to read people
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But how can i read people minds? I try to do it on a dog! And its not working I even try to do it on my sister and she say what am i doing!
My head hurt I think I have the ability to read minds!
This is why I get distance to the people who has a bad intentions to me cos I can read them and I have a strong intuition..
I can read people like a book!
You can see the heart on everyone’s sleeve!
You pick up on the emotions of others without any complication, it’s almost as if you’re reading them like a book! This may be due to your incredible intuition or perhaps you possess a strong, empathetic nature that puts you in touch with those you surround yourself with. Either way, picking up on the feelings of other people comes naturally to you!
‘You can see the heart on everyone’s sleeve!’
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Change your life with the power of thought
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- B.A., English, St. Olaf College
Your mind is a very powerful thing, and most of us take it for granted. We believe we aren’t in control of what we think because our thoughts seem to fly in and out all day long. But you are in control of your thoughts, and you become what you think about. And that little kernel of truth is the secret power of the mind.
It’s really not a secret after all. The power is available to every single person, including you. And it’s free.
“The secret” is that you are what you think. You become what you think about. You can create the life you want, simply by thinking the right thoughts.
Earl Nightingale on “The Strangest Secret”
In 1956, Earl Nightingale wrote “The Strangest Secret” in an attempt to teach people the power of the mind, the power of thought. He said, “you become what you think about all day long.”
Nightingale’s inspiration came from Napoleon Hill’s book, “Think and Grow Rich,” published in 1937.
For 75 years (and likely long before that), this simple “secret” has been taught to adults around the world. At the very least, the knowledge has been available to us.
How the Power of the Mind Can Work to Improve Your Life
We are creatures of habit. We tend to follow the picture in our minds created by our parents, our neighborhoods, our towns and the part of the world from which we come. For good or for bad.
But we don’t have to. We each have a mind of our own, capable of imagining life the way we want it. We can say yes or no to the million choices we each encounter every single day. Sometimes it’s good to say no, of course, or we wouldn’t get anything at all done. But the most successful people say yes to life overall. They are open to possibilities. They believe they have the power to make changes in their lives. They aren’t afraid to try new things or to fail.
In fact, many of the most successful companies reward people who have the courage to try new things, even if they fail, because the things we call failures often turn into extremely successful things. Did you know Post-It Notes were a mistake in the beginning?
How to Use the Power of Your Mind
Start imagining your life the way you want it. Create a picture in your mind and think about that picture steadfastly all day long. Believe in it.
You don’t have to tell anybody. Have your own quiet confidence that you can make the picture in your mind come true.
You will start making different choices in line with your picture. You will take small steps in the right direction.
You’ll also encounter obstacles. Don’t let these obstacles stop you. If you hold your picture of the life you want steadfast in your mind, you will eventually create that life.
What have you got to lose? Close your eyes and start now.
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Scientists around the world are racing to be the first to develop artificially intelligent algorithms that can see inside our minds.
The idea is not new: in the science fiction of the 1950s and 60s, crazed doctors were frequently seen putting weird contraptions on people’s heads to decipher their thoughts. British TV serial Quatermass and the Pit – in which such a machine is used to translate the thoughts of alien invaders – is a prime example.
Now reality is catching up with fantasy. In the past year, AI experts in China, the US and Japan have published research showing that computers can replicate what people are thinking about by using functional magnetic resonance imaging (or fMRI) machines – which measure brain activity – linked to deep neural networks, which replicate human brain functions.
Is it telepathy?
While headlines around the world have screamed out that AI can now read minds, the reality seems to be more prosaic. Computers are not yet able to anticipate what we think, feel or desire. As science writer Anjana Ahuja remarked in the Financial Times, rather than telepathy, “a more accurate, though less catchy, description would be a ‘reconstruction of visual field’ algorithm”.
Most of the research so far has been aimed at deciphering images of what subjects are looking at or, in limited circumstances, what they are thinking about.
Studies have previously focused on programs producing images based on shapes or letters they had been taught to recognize when viewed through subjects’ minds.
However, in one recent piece of research, from Japan’s ATR Computational Neuroscience Laboratories and Kyoto University, scientists said that not only was a program able to decipher images it had been trained to recognize when people looked at them but: “our method successfully generalized the reconstruction to artificial shapes, indicating that our model indeed ‘reconstructs’ or ‘generates’ images from brain activity, not simply matches to exemplars.”
In other words, it could decode and represent an image it had not been “trained” to see.
Think that sentence again?
Meanwhile, scientists at Carnegie Mellon University in the US claim to have gone a step closer to real “mind reading” by using algorithms to decode brain signals that identify deeper thoughts such as “the young author spoke to the editor” and “the flood damaged the hospital”.
The technology, the researchers say, is able to understand complex events, expressed as sentences, and semantic features, such as people, places and actions, to predict what types of thoughts are being contemplated.
After accessing the mental triggers for 239 sentences, the program was able to predict a 240th phrase with 87% accuracy.
Marcel Just, who is leading the research, said: “Our method overcomes the unfortunate property of fMRI to smear together the signals emanating from brain events that occur close together in time, like the reading of two successive words in a sentence.
“This advance makes it possible for the first time to decode thoughts containing several concepts. That’s what most human thoughts are composed of.”
The outcomes of such research promise much that could benefit humanity. The developments show we have come a long way since the fictional Professor Quatermass used a mind-reading machine to interpret the thoughts of Martians.
Yes, there are fears we could develop killing machines that operate at the speed of human thought, but equally such advances could help those without the powers of speech or movement, and speed up multilingual translations, without the need for electrodes to be implanted in people’s heads.
Many, including serial tech entrepreneur Elon Musk, are excited by the opportunities such technologies could bring to the lives of people with disabilities, but researchers and governments have yet to spell out how they can ensure these are used to benefit the human race rather than harm it.
And, despite rapid developments here and in related areas such as gene editing and incorporating humans with computers, we are no nearer a global agreement of what ethical and moral standards are needed in this brave new world.
If you think your mind is the only safe place left for all your secrets, think again, because scientists are making real steps towards reading your thoughts and putting them on a screen for everyone to see.
A team from the University of Oregon has built a system that can read people’s thoughts via brain scans, and reconstruct the faces they were visualising in their heads. As you’ll soon see, the results were pretty damn creepy.
“We can take someone’s memory – which is typically something internal and private – and we can pull it out from their brains,” one of the team, neuroscientist Brice Kuhl, told Brian Resnick at Vox.
Here’s how it works. The researchers selected 23 volunteers, and compiled a set of 1,000 colour photos of random people’s faces. The volunteers were shown these pictures while hooked up to an fMRI machine, which detects subtle changes in the blood flow of the brain to measure their neurological activity.
Also hooked up to the fMRI machine is an artificial intelligence program that reads the brain activity of the participants, while taking in a mathematical description of each face they were exposed to in real time. The researchers assigned 300 numbers to certain physical features on the faces to help the AI ‘see’ them as code.
Basically, this first phase was a training session for the AI – it needed to learn how certain bursts of neurological activity correlated to certain physical features on the faces.
Once the AI had formed enough brain activity-face code match-ups, the team started phase two of the experiment. This time, the AI was hooked up to the fMRI machine only, and had to figure out what the faces looked like based only on the participants’ brain activity.
All the faces shown to the participants in this round were completely different from the previous round.
The machine managed to reconstruct each face based on activity from two separate regions in the brain: the angular gyrus (ANG), which is involved in a number of processes related to language, number processing, spatial awareness, and the formation of vivid memories; and the occipitotemporal cortex (OTC), which processes visual cues.
You can see the (really strange) results below:
The Journal of Neuroscience
So, um, yep, we’re not going to be strapping down criminals and drawing perfect reconstructions of a crime scene based on their memories, or using the memories of victims to construct mug shots of criminals, any time soon.
But the researchers proved something very important: as Resnick reports for Vox, when they showed the strange reconstructions to another set of participants, they could correctly answer questions that described the original faces seen by the group hooked up to the fMRI machine.
“[The researchers] showed these reconstructed images to a separate group of online survey respondents and asked simple questions like, ‘Is this male or female?’ ‘Is this person happy or sad?’ and ‘Is their skin colour light or dark?’
To a degree greater than chance, the responses checked out. These basic details of the faces can be gleaned from mind reading.”
So one set of people could read the thoughts of another set of people – to a point – via a machine.
The team is now working on an even tougher task – getting their participants to see a face, hold it in their memory, and then get the AI to reconstruct it based on the person’s memory of what the face looked like.
As you can imagine, this is SUPER hard to do, and the results make that pretty obvious:
The Journal of Neuroscience
It’s janky as hell, but there’s potential here, and that’s pretty freaking cool, especially when we consider just how fast technology like this can advance given the right resources.
Maybe one day we’ll be able cut out the middle man and send pictures – not just words – directly to each other using just our thoughts. No, argh, stop sending me telepathy porn, damn it.
You know how your teachers and parents always told you to read and learn in school?
Well, they were right; reading is actually fun and cool, not just obligatory for high school graduation. It will make you a better person on so many levels and youвЂ™ll have fun while doing it.
Here are 21 reasons why itвЂ™s the best, most productive hobby you could ever have.
1. Forget about your daily routine.
Unfortunately, life isnвЂ™t always like the movies and can sometimes be monotonous. ThereвЂ™s nothing that will transport you away from the mundane minutiae of your routine better than a book.
You are able to experience places without even traveling. You can learn about different cultures, people and places. Historical context will come alive as your eyes dance across the pages of a novel.
3. Develop your imagination and creativity.
Your brain stretches as you create pictures in your mind. Once again, those pictures are unique, personal and may serve as inspiration for your job, school assignments and everything else.
4. Cheap entertainment.
Well, it’s true. You can literally read for free.
5. You become a smarty-pants.
Reading expands your brain and gives your creativity a chance to come alive. It improves your writing skills and vocabulary, which is great because nothingвЂ™s more attractive than intelligence.
6. Topic of discussion.
IвЂ™ve used books to lead great group discussions an infinite number of times.
Your favorite book quotes will always serve you with inspiration.
8. YouвЂ™re already clued in when books become movies.
Lean over and whisper, вЂњI bet he does this. вЂќ in the ear of your movie companion and watch in amazement when youвЂ™re right. Nostradamus, who?
9. It improves your writing.
ItвЂ™s no secret that reading improves your grammar and vocabulary, which can improve your grades and communication skills.
10. Reading is a versatile form of entertainment.
You can do it on the train, in waiting rooms, on the beach and pretty much anywhere else your heart desires.
11. Reading expands beyond books.
Newspapers, blogs and online articles are just a few examples.
12. Reading is fun.
It can be relaxing, funny, exciting, thrilling and much, much more.
13. A distracting mood lifter.
In a bad mood? You donвЂ™t necessarily need a psychologist; you need to read better books. Your favorite book will help you to forget about your problems for a while.
Through reading, you will begin to understand the world better and in a much deeper way.
You will begin to have a greater understanding of topics that interest you.
For example, how to build self-confidence, how to make better plans before taking action, how to memorize things more efficiently and so on — all of these modes of self-improvement stem from reading.
Through reading, you create a structured path toward understanding and takingВ better actions in the future.
15. Improve understanding.
The more you read, the more you understand. Reading increases understanding for the rules of life, which will help you better adapt to society.
To play well in a game, you first need to proficiently understand the rules.
16. Preparation for action.
Before you take action on anything, where should you seek help and guidance? Reading is an essential way to help yourself.
In todayвЂ™s world, getting reviews and feedback from other people can greatly impact your subsequent decisions and the pros and cons of each potential choice.
Read about how to cook a meal, how to play chess, or where to take a family trip. Read the menu before ordering food and read the manual before using a new gadget.
These can all help you become more prepared for whatever is ahead of you.
17. Communication tools.
Communication is the most important tool that reading can transmit. As you read, you understand more and thus, can communicate better with people.
Communication is one of the most important tools to use each day to connect with each other. If you donвЂ™t read, you canвЂ™t even connect with the world and what people are discussing. Reading connects you with the world.
18. You get to read other peopleвЂ™s minds.
While reading, you can actually see how characters think, act and feel. This will help you to understand how real people think, act and feel. ItвЂ™s like a superpower.
19. Boost imagination and creativity.
Reading exposes you to a world of imagination, which reflects that nothing is impossible in this world.
Through reading, you explore different angles to things you already know and you understand how different actions lead to different results
20. You will date smarter people.
DonвЂ™t we all want to date smart people who make us laugh and who inspire us? Beauty comes from within. It is a clichГ© thought, but a true one.
21. Boost your self-esteem.
Reading makes you a better person and helps you to better understand yourself and the world around you.
Thus, it helps you to become more confident in your abilities and able to communicate efficiently with the people around you.