An evaluation of your personality

"You have a need for other people to like and admire you, and yet you tend to be critical of yourself.

While you have some personality weaknesses you are generally able to compensate for them.

You have considerable unused capacity that you have not turned to your advantage.

Disciplined and self-controlled on the outside, you tend to be worrisome and insecure on the inside.

At times you have serious doubts as to whether you have made the right decision or done the right thing.

You prefer a certain amount of change and variety and become dissatisfied when hemmed in by restrictions and limitations.

You also pride yourself as an independent thinker; and do not accept others' statements without satisfactory proof. But you have found it unwise to be too frank in revealing yourself to others.

At times you are extroverted, affable, and sociable, while at other times you are introverted, wary, and reserved.

Some of your aspirations tend to be rather unrealistic."

How did that rate?

Pretty spot-on I hope!

In fact the average assessment is 4.2 out of 5, or 84% accurate.

This prediction was first used in 1948, by psychologist Bertram R. Forer, and shows just how much of our personality is shared.

It makes an excellent starting point to use for cold reading, and with a bit of research can be expanded to include other 'safe bet' similarities - especially for the age / gender / social status of the subject.

And it can be enhanced with a few verbal tricks - here is just one example.

Outright flattery

Oh go on, admit it - you know I'm right with this one!

Honestly, what would you say in response to the statement "you have an above average sense of humour"?

I doubt your answer would be "actually, I'm a miserable sod with no sense of humour"!

And there are many more!

This isn't the place to go into great detail about all the techniques that can be used.

If the above examples are enough to convince you, or even pique you interest, then I suggest that a little bit of web browsing and library time are in order.

If you remain unconvinced, then any future research would be pointless.

Let's move on to the rather more sinister black art of

Warm reading

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