TALENT AND SKILL THESAURUS

MENTALISM



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HELPFUL TIP:

When planning a cast member's talents and skills, think about how genetics, personality traits (both positive attributes and flaws), past experiences, environment, and the character's roles (within a family, a community, and society) all factor into what strengths may form. These special qualities should tie into the story, not only to make the character interesting but also to help him achieve his goal.
DEFINITION:
The act of being able to know other peoples' minds, experiences, and preferences (also called mind reading)

DESCRIPTION:
A character with this skill has heightened powers of observation and exceptional body language reading skills, which allow him or her to deduce things that others cannot, leaving many to believe some sort of psychic ability is involved.

BENEFICIAL STRENGTHS OR ABILITIES:
Appearing good-natured and nonthreatening which encourages others to put their guard down
Having a way with words to be able to ask the right questions to elicit a “tell” that can then be harvested for information
Sharp eyesight will allow one to notice micro-gestures in the split-second that they appear
Being skilled in mind tricks (the power of suggestion, reverse psychology, leading questions, misdirection, etc.)
Having a charming and empathetic manner
Being touchy-feely and willing to let people into one's personal zone to comfort
Strong emotional control

POSITIVE TRAITS SUITED FOR THIS SKILL OR TALENT:

NEGATIVE TRAITS SUITED FOR THIS SKILL OR TALENT:
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REQUIRED RESOURCES AND TRAINING:
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ASSOCIATED STEREOTYPES AND PERCEPTIONS:
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SCENARIOS WHERE THIS SKILL MIGHT BE USEFUL:
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