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Fake Psychics     

Personality types attracted to Psychics
There are roughly 5 different types of personalities. Not all of them are attracted to psychics.

First group believes in supernatural powers and mind powers but will not have anything to do with supernatural forces.

Second group believes in mind powers, but doesn't believe in supernatural powers.

Third group believes in the possibility of supernatural powers, but not in mind powers.

Fourth group believes in simply an external "force", although this group can't exactly define what this means.

Fifth group doesn't believe any of the other possibilities.

How to Fake a reading:
There are different types of readings that are done by psychics. One is the "cold reading". The cold reading is interesting in that you start out with absolutely no information and within minutes you can uncover much of a person's life. There are six major principles of cold reading that will show you how some psychics actually use manipulation instead of their psychic abilities.

Some psychics may not be totally aware of the techniques that they use, thinking that they are really psychic. Others may be outright frauds.

The reason I am touching on this topic is so that if you are ever going to ask for a reading from ANYONE you will have solid guidance as to how to spot a fraud. If you feel that you are being read by a fraud, then ask the Spirit as to what you should do. Usually the Spirit will tell you to break it off, but it might not. If you believe that you have spotted a fraud, say a prayer and ask the Spirit what you should do.

These techniques are for your guidance only...they should never be used to do readings. If you do use these techniques for readings you will be short selling not only yourself, but also harming the entire psychic movement.

Most psychics will vary their techniques with each person. The techniques are often used "on the fly" and can be varied in countless ways. In fact, some fraudulent psychics are adept enough to be able to combine many techniques and to keep you guessing as to how they are doing their reading. The bottom line for the fraudulent psychic is never to get caught!

The first technique is known as the "Barnum Effect". The reader will start off with as broad a statement as possible so that it will apply to anyone. The reader will make their statements so appealing that the client will choose a Barnum style statement over an accurate psychological profile of themselves.

This has been demonstrated in a number of tests, Dr. Hyman relates the results of one such test: Sundberg (1955), for example, gave the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (known as the MMPI) to 44 students. The MMPI is the most carefully standardized personality inventory in the psychologists tool kit. Two psychologists, highly experienced in interpreting the outcome of the MMPI, wrote a personality sketch for each student on the basis of his or her test results. Each student then received two personality sketches-the one actually written for him or her and a fake sketch. When asked to pick which sketch actually described him or her better, 26 of the 44 students (59%) picked the fake sketch!

Once a fraudulent reader may glean some "unknown" tidbit of information about you, they may mix that information with some type of "stock information" to create to you the illusion that the statements are authentic. If the information is handled well, a baffling mental illusion is created. Leaving the client with the impression that the fraudulent psychic is authentic.

The successful fraudulent psychics are able to stock their remarks. The stock remarks enables their success rate to go up which in turn increases their credibility. Nothing is stronger than telling somebody something intimate and personal-particularly when that piece of information relates to something that person has struggled with unsuccessfully. Then the person can be left open to long term counseling and manipulation by the reader.

During the "reading" the fraudulent psychic may vary their conversational tone to match the clients personality. The reading may be delivered forcefully, lad back, aloof, whatever will suit the session. With some refinement, the stock reading can be successfully tailored for a particular individual.

Identifying the Psychological Profile
According to modern psychology, there are at least 4 major types of psychological profiles. There may be more, but they would with all probability be subsets of the actual 4 major types. A fraudulent reader could use the information to develop a type of "personality wheel". The personality wheel would include the various strengths and weaknesses for each personality type. During the reading the fraudulent has to spot at least one clue to the clients personality profile and then the client can reduce the rest of the reading to a mere discussion of the actual reading. All the time bluffing their way through.

Choleric-the pull-'em-up-by-the-boot-strap-type; the president of a company or a sergeant in the army, aggressive, insensitive and hard to deter. Needs to work on self control.
Phlegmatic-This one's an accountant; calm, but slow and plodding; is detail oriented and probably needs to clean out those drawers and throw away those files from 15 years ago.
Melancholic-The gifted and talented art director who is moody and needs a bright and cheerful spouse, encouraging boss or they become mopey and insecure.
Sanguine-The spunky, gabby type who everyone sees as the host of the party; is often overweight, in sales.

While no one person has all of the traits,most of us are a mixture of each personality type. The psychological profile does show the strengths and weaknesses of each personality type. Once a reader latches on a particular temperament they can continue to "read" merely using the personality type.

Physical Observation and Micro-expressions
Fraudulent readers look for clues by using their senses: touch, sight, hearing.
Touch: The sense of touch is used most commonly by the palm reader. The reader uses the lines in the palm as a method for the stock remarks. As the reader "reads" the palm of the client, the "reader" is actually feeling small uncontrollable movements in the hand as the "reader" hits upon areas that are true. These small normally undetectable movements are called "ideomotor action". In minutes, a great palm reader will be able to detect areas of sensitivity of the client. By remembering the psychological profile the "reader" can also build up quite a "patter" about the client. The client believes that the palm reader is gifted.

Some psychics while doing a "live reading" (where the psychic and client are meeting together), will take the hands of the clients in theirs; thus the reader can feel the small ideomatic movements in the hands of the client. Again, by matching the ideomatic movements of the client to the questions of the reader, a highly effective (though fraudulent) reading can occur.

Hearing: During a reading, the fraudulent psychic will hear small comments that a client may say. The reader will ignore these comments until a few minutes later when the reader will parrot back the exact words of the client. The client has by now forgotten that they have said anything and naturally attributes these "comments" to the psychic abilities of the reader.

Another thing that is a great indicator for live readings is that the psychic will listen to the breathing patterns of the client. If a reader should hit upon an area of concern to the client, the client may change their breathing patterns, thus providing additional clues. prolonged steady breathing of the client may indicate that the reader is way off base during their reading and that they had better start making some "hits" right away! Or the client may end the session.

Sight: Some readers use props (such as Tarot cards, a crystal ball, or even a personal piece of jewelry, etc). The props serve as a focal point for the client while the reader watches the face for micro expressions. Combined with the stock remarks, touch, hearing, the reader can't help BUT hit upon something eventually!

Over the last 20 years or so, there has developed in the legal system in the United States a whole new field of employment...and that is of the consultant who assists in developing the jury. These consultants study the micro expressions of the possible jurists to betray their actual thinking. The last thing that the jury consultant wants to do is to seat someone on the jury who has some feeling of ill will towards the defendant. The jury consultant develops a series of questionnaires which when asked, the juror may lie about their feelings. When the juror lies about their feelings they will often move their mouth ever so slightly. This is an excellent indicator that the person is lying. The juror is not even aware of their moving their mouth in response to the lie. The "reader" will watch for such movement to indicate either that the client is lying, or that the client has a lack of interest.

The reader will also look for sings in the movement of the eyes. If the reader hits on something, the client may shift their eyes, narrow them, or even open the pupils of the eyes wider. This will help the reader to establish the facial patterns of the clients, thus making micro expressions more discernible. Micro expressions are difficult to fake (takes a lot of training) and this gives the reader an edge over the client.

Micro expressions are one tool for the fraudulent reader. But there are others! Clothing is an indicator of the client. The choice of clothing can reveal how the client is feeling that day, it can also show their mental attitude, even small things about the way that they think.

Body posture is another clue. If a client walks with their head tilted downward and makes little eye contact, depression could be the cause. While there are many causes of depression, the big ones are the loss of a job, the loss of a close friend or relative, feeling inadequate, discouraged. Again, these issues are relationship oriented. Once a reader mentions a possible "relationship issue", people will automatically float their minds and agree with the reader.

The stance of the person, the way that they hold their hands, move their head. If they are animated while they are talking, these are all additional clues that the live reader will use to fake a reading. The sad thing is that the client will not know if or when the fake is faking it!

Accessing Specific Information

Eavesdropping: Before a session with a client, the fraudulent reader might over hear a conversation that the client may have with a friend. The reader could then take that information to the client and represent it as being from themselves. The client may often stand there dumb founded wondering how the reader could have known that!

Another method used by some fraudulent psychics is called "research". The reader might have a person who works for them to go to the local newspaper and check for any articles about the client in the "morgue". The term "morgue" simply is the place where articles are kept on file in case that the paper might need additional information for "background" material for future stories. You would be surprised at the information that is often found there! Births, deaths, awards, employment announcements and news stories, are all great ways to know more about a client.

If a client looks as if they are affluent, the reader can adjust the reading so that the reading will end shortly as the reader nears an important issue for the client. The reader then could hire someone to do additional investigations about the client on that subject matter. In some cities, the "readers" may actually share the results of their readings with other "readers". If the client should go to a different "reader", the client could be told the same information. Thus, reinforcing what the initial reader said during the initial reading. It is sad to say, but some well known psychics after their death kept detailed records (and extensive files) on the more affluent people loving in their area. All the while, the client never knowing the real skill of the "reader".

Another way of "reading" a client is when the reader couches phrases and uses words like: "May" (not meaning the month of May), or "possible". By carefully wording their phrases, the reader can give the impression of having multiple meanings. For example: "you May find a job soon". The client could interpret the word "may" to be "will". Thus changing the statement altogether to become "You Will find a job".

The key to making this work is that the reader must give out some type of meaningful statement to the client in the context of specific information.

Another method that some "readers" use to fake a reading is called the "Educated Guess". Remember what I said earlier about the body posture and some of the hidden meanings? The next step on that is to use the information and just make an educated guess about the client. If the "reader" makes a "hit" the results can be outstanding for the client. The client will believe that you are the worlds best reader!

The "educated guess" is nothing more than making guesses about a client while observing their clothing, posture, hair style, etc. The educated guess is based more on the law of percentages than any thing else. If you ask many questions, the odds are that eventually you will hit on the right reaction of the client to that question. Once you recognize the hit, you can build upon that single hit to the point of where you can baffle the client.

Some "readers" may ask you about a name. They may say something like "I sense that there is something about a name that starts with the letter 'R'". The client will think for a minute and may actually think of a name of a distant relative that starts with that letter. The client may also offer the name of the relative. The reader upon hearing the name will immediately know the sex of the person and possibly also sense the age of the person. This in turn will allow the reader to access the client (by watching for micro expressions of the face or hands) for more material about the distant relative. All the while by merely offering educated guesses. The client thinks that the reader is the worlds best reader! The reader is relieved that they "pulled it off once again".

This is how some of the psychics who do "Crossing Over" types of readings work. They may gather a group of people together for a reading and then offer some name or something along those lines. One of the people of the group may recognize the name (by the letter) and offer a response. The balance of the reading could be a combination of the above information thus making the reader looking good. Not every reader has to hit on every point for a reading to be successful. A good "reader" can have as few as 10% hits versus 90% misses but the client will only see the hits and often ignore the misses If a reader can hit like 30% of the time their following of clients may soar!

But not every one will know all of the principles, nor can any one master all of the techniques. Occasionally, you might find yourself being "read" without your permission (which is unethical). The person might walk up to you and offer some tidbit about your life (often this is done to manipulate people more than anything else). Usually this is done to "prove" to a potential client that the "reader" has some sort of mystical "powers" over people. Now, when these people approach you, and if you are unable to discern which method or methods that the "reader" is using, then back off a bit. Take a step backwards to allow you to better control the situation. Ask yourself "Why is this person doing this? What do they gain? Are they using the "cold reading" technique? The educated guess?" If you are uncertain of the technique, try to find someone who can help you to discern how the reader is doing this!

I know that the above applies basically to readings that are done live (face to face). Some of the same techniques can be used by those "readers" who read via the Internet. The fake reader may use a combination of educated guesses and language to give you a wonderful but false reading.

Obviously the online reader will know nothing about your age, height, weight, body type (unless they ask you for these details and if they do...RUN don't walk, in the opposite direction!