Psychic who swindled many faithful dead

by | Nov 21, 2013 | Best of!

This story from The Examiner.
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Her techniques are often mimicked by those who pose in church venues, hoping to garner funds from Christians who want to believe that they can tap into the spiritual world with a little help from a prophetic-type “seer.”

Using a technique known as “Cold reading” Browne could quickly determine details about another person by analyzing the person’s body language, age, clothing or fashion, hairstyle, gender, sexual orientation, religion, race or ethnicity, level of education, manner of speech, place of origin, etc. Cold readers commonly employ high probability guesses about the subject, quickly picking up on signals from their subjects as to whether their guesses are in the right direction or not, and then emphasizing and reinforcing any chance connections the subjects acknowledge while quickly moving on from missed guesses.