How can you become a "mentalist"?

This question -- how can you become a "mentalist" -- should be fast followed by "do you want to believe in mere movie magic, or to get real skills that you can control?"  

If you want to see into other people's thinking, read body signals fast and accurately, predict what people will do, then you are on the exactly the right page.

You are also on exactly the right page to learn about the signals that you send out. Biologically, the brain is wired to read more signals than it knows how to control the ones it sends. How do you balance this out?

We enjoy the Simon Baker TV show "The Mentalist" -- because he uses street smarts, practical intelligence, to get to the truth, and to get what he wants. The main character shows how to gather salient facts through keen hands-on observations. He "reads" gestures, faces, body heat and pulse rates. You can learn to do this too.

The Mentalist on TV also shows how people create stories from relatively few facts or observations. We all have this talent: but we don't all have it as a skill we can control. You can learn how to sharpen this natural talent and make it a skill.

We also enjoy the TV show "Lie to Me" where Tim Roth reads facial reactions to find out who tells the truth and who lies.

Our master teacher, Kristin Shannon, learned facial recognition skills from Dr. Paul Ekman, the TV show's science advisor. She also worked with special bio monitoring equipment learning to read body signals.

And you can train to do this too with us.

What do we teach that lets you get control over the signals you read, and the ones you send?  Four skills: awareness, focus, flexibility and acuity. These skills are woven through three brain potentials:


1. PQ (physical awareness): how to tune up your senses and what signals to pay attention to -- whether they come from INSIDE you, or from another person or situation.

2. EQ: (emotional awareness) get a sharper definition of your own mental and "emotional" states. You learn how to recognize them, decide what is useful, and how to move in and out of those states quickly and effectively.  Know how to recognize those patterns (and choices) in other people.  

3. IQ: Explore practical techniques that include how to unblock your potential smarts, creativity, and to learn to focus on what you really want. You'll learn how to direct your attention to the parts of your brain that are most relevant at any given moment.

Becoming a real mentalist means getting new skills and knowing exactly how to apply them. You need expert teachers, lots of feedback, and a safe place to practice. Without open and fast feedback, you may be just imagining what is going on. That's why is hard to learn these skills through books, or in isolation.

Step into a world of richer and sharper understanding -- know what's happening and how to make an impact. Take your talent and convert it into skill. Explore how quickly your talent can grow when you learn with other bright curious people in a cross cultural environment.

 

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