National Association of Christian Ministers

Answering His Call Is Our Purpose

THE BARNUM EFFECT

THE BARNUM EFFECT

THE BARNUM EFFECT

Warning about this assignment. We are well aware that this assignment may "rub" some people the wrong way. The point here is "truth". We are not by any means promoting the use of lies, pseudo prophecies, and any of the like.

The Barnum effect is much like the work of a modern day prophet, it is the use of vague statements that cause another person to believe that you have some special insight or understanding of their individuality.

Please follow the below links that read the articles:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forer_effect

http://changingminds.org/explanations/theories/person_validation.htm

http://coldreader.web.officelive.com/barnumstatements.aspx

http://coldreader.web.officelive.com/generalities.aspx

Assignment questions:

1. How can you avoid being fooled by these statements?

2. How can you use statements like these in a positive way to build rapport and commonality with other people -making them feel understood?