There are many people that believe mind reading is a real gift or talent, while others do not. The problem is that science has not definitively proven whether or not this phenomena is real. Many experiments have been done trying to either prove or disprove this ability.
Have you ever had someone say something that was just going through your mind? Or perhaps you say something, and the person with you looks in astonishment, saying it was exactly what they were thinking? This could be that good friends and relatives think alike. But could it be that one receives “signals” from the other person to make them think the same? Studies have been done on people individually, with mere acquaintances, best friends, relatives, and twins. None have been conclusive to prove or disprove mind reading abilities.
Different studies and articles suggest that friends and relatives think alike depending on how well they know each other, including likes and dislikes. One article suggests that comforting someone depends on those skills. Other articles suggest that if the person is just an acquaintance, it becomes a matter of reading body signals in order to interact appropriately. The conclusion in these articles state that is a matter of body language, not reading the mind, that allows one to act appropriately in different situations.
But what of those situations where someone can finish your sentence, or say exactly what you were about to say? There are different schools of thought there, also. Twins or other multiples in birth appear to share a bond that demonstrates the ability to think, speak, and act alike. Is it mind reading? One article suggests that children of multiple births are able to “read” each other’s minds because they spend so much time together and are usually raised knowing the same environment and friends. But what of the ones separated at birth? How is it that one knows what the other likes, and can still finish a sentence for the other after almost twenty years of separation?
Studies suggest it is genetic. The other school of thought is that the adoptive parents of the children are so similar to the birth parents, that the children learn the same values and likes as their siblings. Couples that have been together for a long time seem to read each other’s minds. This is believed to be environmental and the fact of knowing a person for a long period of time. Someone just simply knows what the other would think in a certain circumstance.
But what of the “mind reader” all of us see on a stage somewhere in the world? The way a person dresses, answers what appears to be an innocent question, or responds to the mind reader, gives him or her clues in choosing a correct response. The general consensus is that this not “mind reading,” but body reading.
Anyone interested in the subject of mind reading should search the information available on the subject and draw your own conclusion. There are many interesting studies that have been performed and are very interesting to read at leisure. Although not conclusive, the reader can weigh the evidence provided.