Tonight in groups we began discussing how to read and understand the thoughts and emotions of others. After I wowed the group with the mind reading trick detailed in the attached video, we talked about 3 real mind reading tricks.
1. Be aware of body language.
2. Pay attention to information that can be gathered by tone of voice.
3. Listen closely to a person's words, and ask clarifying questions.
Of all of these, #3 is the most powerful and most often neglected. We sometimes need to be reminded that it is okay to ask people how they are feeling, and they will usually appreciate the opportunity to express emotion. No magic necessary!