What Makes Cold Reading So Effective?

Posted: May 14, 2010 in Mentalism

It’s been a while since my last blog upload, I’ve been a little busy recently so I haven’t really had time to blog. This morning I got to thinking, what makes cold reading so effective? Why do people seem to simply accept the vague statements that cold readers give? Such as

“You enjoy going out and hanging with friends, but at the same time, you do like to spend some alone time”

Everyone enjoys going out, and just about everyone enjoys some alone time and time to relax, but if you say this statement to someone, chances are, they’ll be surprised how you knew that. The truth is, people like to talk about themselves and people like to hear someone else talking about them, so if you say something like that, they’ll make it fit because you’re talking about them.

A negative cold read is much more likely to fail, for example, if you say something along the lines of

“You enjoy other peoples misery and you enjoy putting people down to feel better about yourself”

People do not like being put down, so a negative cold read has a much higher chance of failing, unless of course they’re proud of the negative, and bad things that they do.

So next time you’re giving someone you don’t know a cold read, try and keep it light hearted and positive, otherwise you’re likely to offend someone and the reading will end badly.

  1. Dora Devine says:

    Haha I am literally the first reply to your great read!

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