Salem swears that he can’t read minds; his abilities are simply well-trained powers of observation.
You may not realize it, but you use physical signals to “read” people’s thoughts, too. When someone nods to indicate “Yes,” you use something you see to read a thought. Salem says that, with practice, you can pick up on many other signals, too.
You often can tell if people are lying to you, for example. As you listen to their words, also listen for:
- A rise or fall in the person’s voice pitch, especially one that is quickly corrected.
- A change in speaking rate or rhythm, such as the sudden onset of monosyllabic, staccato-like speech.
- A sudden, uncharacteristic stress on one word or phrase.
- A voice that cracks suddenly.
— Adapted from www.marcsalem.com.