Do not provide feedback

As we have already seen, cold reading relies to a great extent on feedback. Hence to block cold reading, you make sure you do not provide it. Evading questions is one way of doing this. The other is to provide feedback which is useless for cold reading purposes. For example, suppose the psychic provides a response cue such as "And I believe this is making sense to you isn't it?". You can say:

"I really don't know. I'd need time to think about what you're saying, and mull it over. You know, it's a bit difficult here and now to just agree or disagree right off the top of my head. I'll think about it later, when I have time to think it over properly."

There are countless variations on the same theme. You may like to review all the earlier sections which explained how psychics try to prompt clients for feedback. It is worth developing a repertoire of responses which are totally non-committal and uninformative, and yet which encourage the psychic to carry on with the reading. Your bywords should be indecision, delay and ignorance. Here are some suggestions:

"I can't really decide if I agree or not. It's hard to say. I'll think about it. Please carry on, this is fascinating."

"I'm unsure on that. You may have something, you may not. I'll consider it later. What's next?"

"Gee, that's difficult for me to say. I don't think I could give you a firm yes or a no to that right now. Do go on, I'm intrigued."

"I wouldn't really know. I'd have to get back to you on that one. I'll certainly bear in mind what you re saying."

"Well, the jury's still out on that one. I wouldn't really be able to agree or disagree. I'll have to pass for now. Please go on, this is interesting."

There are not many cold readers who could succeed in the face of this consistent lack of feedback.

The Illustrated Key To The Tarot

The Illustrated Key To The Tarot

The pathology of the poet says that the undevout astronomer is mad the pathology of the very plain man says that the genius is mad and between these extremes, which stand for ten thousand analogous excesses, the sovereign reason takes the part of a moderator and does what it can. I do not think that there is a pathology of the occult dedications, but about their extravagances no one can question, and it is not less difficult than thankless to act as a moderator regarding them.

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