Milton Erickson: How to Become a “Mind Reader”

Milton Erickson is essentially the Warren Buffet of medicine. Buffet famously stated, “do not answer the question, but the question behind the question”, and in Erickson’s case, “do not believe the person, but what motivations behind the body language of a person”. He was a physician, and most of his intuitiveness was due to observing the non-verbal cues in people.

Children, when young are ironically the best detectors and mind readers as their survival depended on reading adult behavior. This ability of Erickson and of children came from them not caring what others thought. In order to be truly empathetic and hyper-empathetic, one must be highly attuned to their environment, not because one cares what the other thinks, but seek to discover the dichotomy between their words and their body language. Someone out of a group may dislike you, but they usually in caring what others think will not express so ; they are “not a team player”. However, this mask falls off when one is highly attuned to reading body language, as there will always be lapses.

This ability comes naturally to those that are highly observant of people’s body language. For me personally, it comes naturally as with many individuals with PTSD in war, high-functioning borderline personality disorders–highly attuned to abusive or non-conducive childhood environments as they read their body languages of their environment to predict what would come next. While I have a few triggers I will remove myself from a situation for safety and naturally bawl over, I am glad to say I otherwise function normally. In fact under normal occasions, this is suppressed and I sometimes act contrapuntal to the way I feel in order to achieve a desired outcome or success.

In summary, the ability to become “psychic” derives from the discernment and understanding of an individual’s body language, which may or may not correspond to their words. It is no secret that lie detectors embody reads from body temperature, to breathing rates, but facial expressions too, sometimes lapse in the grand scheme of human nature and control.

We are constantly communicating, and those whom have mastered the understanding and highly attuned to subliminal language of others and oneself have the ability to create and set moods of others and rooms.


K.S. Osone