Ever watched those detective movies where an FBI agent looks at a suspect and makes an accurate call about them based on body language? It usually feels fascinating, right? Well, it’s not just a movies thingy. It’s called mentalism and it is a skill that you too can master. An internet search on how to become a mentalist can give you amazing information on mentalism. To simplify the process for you, here are the 4 steps to becoming professional in mentalism.
- Be observant and trust your instincts
A keen observation of a person’s behaviour and physical attributes can give you an idea of what is going on in their lives. For instance, if you find a middle-aged woman with a black eye in the early morning hours, chances are that they are in an abusive relationship. To become a pro in mentalism and make such a call, you also need to trust your instincts. Rarely are your instincts wrong, it’s just that most people fail to trust them, and start creating other mental scenarios that are all wrong. If you are observant and trust your instincts, you are many steps in, to becoming a pro mentalist.
- Develop mirroring skills
This entails sitting across someone, looking them deep in the eye and mirroring their every action. For instance, if they cross their feet, you do the same. You will be surprised that you can make an accurate call about a person simply by mirroring their behaviour. To perfect this skill, you need to master all of a person’s actions and fast. On top of that, you need to learn how to visualize their thinking and, trust your instincts when making that call. You are likely to make a highly accurate call about a person by simply mirroring their behaviour.
- Learn how to become a good listener
To become a good mentalist, you will need to become a very good listener. When you listen more, people tend to trust you and open up. It projects the image that you are a caring person. As a person opens up to you, you can use your instincts to make a decision about them. For instance, if in the course of the conversation you find inconsistencies in their stories, you can come to the conclusion that they are lying. You may be wrong, but chances are that you are over 90% right about them.
- Always ask leading questions
Leading questions are designed to nudge your interviewee in the direction that you want them to go. Pro-mentalists such as FBI agents and other detectives usually use leading questions. To make a good judgment when using leading questions, combine them with a good dose of observational skills. For instance, if you ask a leading question and someone starts fidgeting, you can tell that they are either uncomfortable, or they are lying. The decision you make should be based on your instincts. A combination of leading questions, observation and instincts can make you look supernatural.
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