How To Read People: 3 Techniques to Ignite Your Super-Senses

How To Read People


2. Feel the goosebumps

Goosebumps are marvelous intuitive tingles which convey that we resonate with people who move or inspire us, or are saying something that strikes a chord. Goosebumps also happen when you experience deja-vu, a recognition that you’ve known someone before, though you’ve actually never met.

3. Pay attention to flashes of insight

In conversations, you may get an “ah-ha” about people who comes in a flash. Stay alert. Otherwise, you might miss it. We tend to go onto the next thought so rapidly these critical insights are lost. So, pay attention when you read people.


4. Watch for intuitive empathy

Sometimes you can feel people’s physical symptoms and emotions in your body which is an intense form of empathy. So, when reading people, notice, “Does my back hurt when it didn’t before? Am I depressed or upset after an uneventful meeting?” To determine if this is empathy, get feedback.


3. The Third Technique – Sense Emotional Energy

Emotions are a stunning expression of our energy, the “vibe” we give off. We register these with intuition. Some people feel good to be around; they improve your mood and vitality. Others are draining; you instinctively want to getaway. This “subtle energy” can be felt inches or feet from the body, though it’s invisible. In Chinese medicine, it’s called chi, a vitality that’s essential to health.

Related: The 11 Emotional Energy Centers In Our Body: How They Affect Us

Strategies to Read Emotional Energy

1. Sense People’s Presence

This is the overall energy we emit, not necessarily congruent with words or behavior. It’s the emotional atmosphere surrounding us like a rain cloud or the sun. As you read people notice: Do they have a friendly presence that attracts you? Or are you getting the willies, making you back off.


2. Watch people’s eyes

Our eyes transmit powerful energies. Just as the brain has an electromagnetic signal extending beyond the body, studies indicate that the eyes project this too. Take time to observe people’s eyes. Are they caring? Sexy? Tranquil? Mean? Angry? Also determine: Is there someone at home in their eyes, indicating a capacity for intimacy? Or do they seem to be guarded or hiding?


3. Notice the feel of a handshake, hug, and touch

We share emotional energy through physical contact much like an electrical current. Ask yourself, Does a handshake or hug feel warm, comfortable, confident? Or is it off-putting so you want to withdraw? Are people’s hands clammy, signaling anxiety. Or limp, suggesting being non-committal and timid?

Related: Things Your Hand Shape Could Say About Your Personality


4. Listen for People’s Tone of Voice and Laugh

The tone and volume of our voice can tell much about our emotions. Sound frequencies create vibrations. When reading people, notice how their tone of voice affects you. Ask yourself: Does their tone feel soothing? Or is it abrasive, snippy, or whiny?

So, these are three techniques to read people. Enjoyed the article? Leave a comment below.

Written by Dr. Judith Orloff
Originally appeared in Judith Orloff M.D.

(Excerpt from Dr. Judith Orloff’s national bestseller The Power of Surrender: Let Go and Energize Your Relationships, Success, and Well-Being)

Learn more about awakening subtle energies at Dr. Judith Orloff’s Empath Support Retreat 2020 in Los Angeles, April 25 & 26. Information at

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1 thought on “How To Read People: 3 Techniques to Ignite Your Super-Senses”

  1. I’m actually frightened this woman is a working therapist. Especially in a field that so requires understanding scientific method and skepticism. Like all new ager she’s pulling terms like “chi” from Chinese medicine to sound deep, but if “chi” were real she’d just teach only Chinese holistic medicine. There’s a reason Chia doesn’t worry about someone’s “chi” when they’re in a accident, such as a car wreck. The satanic panic was people listening to their intuition. Qnon is literally people listening to their intuition. Studies have log shown our intuition sucks. Our intuition comes with a lot bias also. Something practicing therapist should know I’d hope.

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