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Ok, no, you won’t be a super spy after reading this but these three techniques, which are little-known outside of the military/intelligence/security/law enforcement community, but you’ll find that they are actually very useful in your everyday life. I learned these three things during counter-terrorism training and I use them quite often.
I’ve learned some pretty interesting stuff in my life, some in the military and some out, but it is really interesting how often things taught in the military or intelligence community are useful in regular life. There are so many things that just aren’t taught to the general public it really is a shame.
So, without further ado, I’ll go over how to see without your glasses, how to make hard decisions in a hurry, and how to tell when someone is lying to you (with about 80% accuracy).
Super Spy Secret #1: Let’s say you misplace your glasses but you still need to see something like a license plate number of a car that is leaving the scene of an accident. All you have to do is curl your index finger in and place your thumb overtop of it, sort of like you’re making the “OK” sign with your hand but make sure no light is visible when you look at your index finger. Now hold your hand up to you eye and open your index finger just enough so a very small pinhole of light appears and look though that tiny hole at what you’re trying to see and you’ll find that you can magically see it clearly! Try it by trying to read type at a distance and play around with the distance your hand is from your eye and size of the pin hone. You’ll notice that the smaller the hole you look through the more focused the image is.
This works not by focusing light but rather by blocking out unnecessary light leaving only the light that goes straight into your eye from the image to get through. I once had a friend who only wore glasses for watching TV and one day the he stepped on his glasses breaking both lenses. He was quite upset having to watch blurry TV until his new lenses came in so I took two index cards and put tiny pin holes in each one and taped them to his glasses. After moving them around to get them just right, he found he could see well enough through those little pin holes where he could watch TV in focus until he got his replacement lenses.
Super Spy Secret #2: Let’s say you have an important decision to make and you don’t know what the right answer is. Your subconscious mind, being far more observant and intelligent than your conscious mind, probably does know what the right answer is, but the trick is getting the answer from your subconscious.
Here is a little trick taught to everyone from secret agents to Navy SEAL’s; stop what you’re doing and take a few seconds to relax. Take one or two seconds to loosen your body and shake any tension out. Then take at least three or four deep breaths (the more the better) while you concentrate on what it feels like to breathe. Doing this should make you more relaxed and take your attention off your problem. Now, take one more seconds to shake it out again. Finally, say to yourself, “I don’t know what the answer is. But…if I did know what the answer is what would it be? It would be…” And just go with whatever your next thought is and let it pop into your head. If you’re asking the question to someone else it would go, “You don’t know what the answer is, right? But, if you did know what the answer is what would it be?”
Most people find the answer just jumps into their minds. The answer that does just in comes right from your own subconscious mind and is based on all the different pieces of information that you took in but your conscious mind didn’t pick up. Maybe you want to decide if you should go somewhere; well earlier that day the TV was on and the weatherman gave his forecast for today but you were too busy doing something else to pay attention. However, even though your conscious mind didn’t pay attention your subconscious took everything in. Your subconscious mind was paying attention not only when the weather report was on but also when you were on the elevator at work yesterday talking to a co-worker and unbeknownst to you another co-worker standing behind you was talking about when they went to that place last week and what their experience was like. Your subconscious picks up everything and has a lot more information to base decisions on and its decisions are usually far wiser than those of your conscious mind.
Final Super Spy Secret, how to tell (with about 80% accuracy) if someone is lying to you. First you need to know if they are right or left handed. This is usually simple enough and if you don’t know I’m sure you can figure it out. The technique is when they’re talking simply ask them a question about a detail of what they’re talking about and see what way their eyes move. If they’re eyes move toward their dominant side they are probably lying while if they move toward their non-dominant side they are probably telling the truth.
The way this works is that your eyes tend to move in certain directions depending on what parts of your brain you are accessing at that time. If you are right handed then the left side of your brain would be used to recall memories while the right side would be used for engaging in creativity (making things up). So if you’re right handed and you’re telling me you’re late for work because you got stuck behind a slow driver I could ask you what color the car was and if you look towards your left I can assume you’re accessing your memory to get the answer, while if you looked towards your right I can assume you are accessing your creativity to come up with a lie.
There are several factors that can make this not work so it should be tested with a follow up technique but it is a fairly accurate indicator.
So there you go…three super spy secret techniques they don’t teach in them fancy book-learning schools. You are now like a less cooler version of James Bond with no sexy gadgets and less gonorrhea.