Additions to David Eldridge

To me, anytime equivoque is mentioned, several things pop to mind. One is how to label objects, actions, and choices. A second aspect is the use of suggestion. As I am known for these sorts of things, that is what I will try to address. There is not space here to get into all the details, but the thinking student will contemplate these notions and be well rewarded for the effort. That has certainly been my experience at least, and those of my students and readers. I hope you THINK about these...

Cold reading strategies

Roe Psychology Division, University College Northampton 1. Introduction There can be little doubt that the relatively high levels of belief in paranormal phenomena among members of the general population are due in part to impressive experiences which they were unable, after consideration, to account for in terms of more mundane processes (cf. Schmeidler, 1985). Irwin (1985), for example, reports personal experience to be the primary factor loading on belief, irrespective of the...

An expanded model of cold reading

The above sources of information about the pseudopsychic technique suggest a model in which cold reading actually encompasses a number of discrete operations which appear to represent a hierarchy (see Figure 1). All these processes involve the gathering of intelligence about the client, but are distinguishable on the basis of when and how transfer of information occurs, and of what form that information takes. Those at the base of the hierarchy require little, if any, interaction with the...

References

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