We finally got the season premier of “The Mentalist” over here in the UK. I know it is about half way through it’s first season in the States and has been getting rave reviews. I have been looking forward to seeing it for some time, mainly, because when I very first got into NLP and coaching I got into mainly to explore human behaviour, and it was about the time Derren Brown started to make a name for himself. I caught his first ever TV show way back in 2000 and was fascinated by what he did, so I started to explore magic and mentalism (which incidentally has several meanings in the UK, not all of then good!) and got somewhat fascinated by it and started doing tricks and techniques on friends, doing cold reading (fake psychic readings) etc. I played with the idea of doing it professionally for awhile, but my coaching and training business was just taking off and developing the level of skill to be able to do that stuff would have taken too much time. But I still keep involved in the field and dabble with it now and again.
So, anyway, how can slowing down make you appear psychic? Well, one the big keys of being a good mentalist is about paying attention, or what NLP people fancyingly call “sensory acuity”, noticing little bits of detail that we usually miss, much like good old Sherlock Holmes: “By a man’s finger-nails, by his coat-sleeve, by his boots, by his trouser-knees, by the callosities of his forefinger and thumb, by his expression, by his shirt-cuff – By each of these things a man’s calling is plainly revealed. That all united should fail to enlighten the competent inquirer in any case is almost inconceivable.”
“Never trust to general impressions, my boy, but concentrate yourself upon details. My first glance is always at a woman’s sleeve. In a man, it is perhaps better to take the knee of the trouser.”
By slowing down and becoming more mindful and observant you will start to notice things that other people miss, and start being able to make reasonable assertions based on those observations.
There are lots of techniques to aid building your mindfulness, observation skills and concentration.
One way I like, that is a bit of fun is the “30 second profile”. When I am people watching (a great pastime if you are waiting for something) or if I meet someone new, I always build a “30 second profile”. I will look at their clothes, jewellery, eye colour, hair style, the way they walk, stand carry themselves, the way they talk, accents, catch phrases, descriptive words and build an idea about that person in my head. The idea I get about the person maybe wildly wrong and is purely a bit of fun on my behalf. But it helps me to get used gathering information.
Give it a go and next time I will talk you through another technique for increasing your mindfulness. SO you can become a Slow Psychic!
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