I think of them as falling into two different
categories, those which use devices and those which do
not. My own ultimate foolproof (well, at least as far
as the actual muscle-testing goes – problems with the
questions are all my own responsibility), is a 5 Kg
dumbbell on a shoulder height shelf which I can lift
with ease for a strong response but which feels welded
to the shelf for a weak response. Some people use hand
grip exercisers. There are spring loaded devices
specially designed to be squeezed between thumb and
middle finger, but everyone I know who’s used one has
left it to languish in the back of a drawer after a few
broken fingernails. There are also computer programs
(Truster), galvanic skin response devices, and dowsing.
The whole point of self-testing (after accuracy, of
course) is to be portable, convenient and discrete, in
my view, so I prefer a method independent of devices.
1. Make a strong ring with your thumb and a
finger of the non-dominant hand. Make another ring,
interlocking with the first, with the thumb and a
finger of the other hand, and then try to pull the
second ring through the first at its weakest point,
where the thumb and finger meet.
Alternatively, pinch the thumb and a finger of the
second hand together as if forming a beak, and try to
spread the thumb and finger of the first hand apart
2. While seated, cross one ankle over the
opposite knee. Try to push it off with one hand.
3. Standing sway test – stand up. Pose the
True/False statement. For the strong response, most
people will sway forwards, while for the weak they will
4. Nodding. Tapas Fleming noted that we have a
group of muscles specially developed and well practiced
already for indicating yes and no – in our necks. Note
the tendency to nod slightly (for yes/strong) or shake
your head slightly (for no/weak).
5. Ideo-motor response – from the hypnotherapy
field. Ask (or train) one finger to twitch for
yes/strong, another for no/weak. Can be on opposite
hands or the same hand. I prefer a technique I can do
6. Let one finger be the “arm” you’re pressing
on, and let another on the same hand be the “arm” you’
re pressing with. Most people press on the middle
finger with the index finger. For me it’s easier to
press with the middle finger on the ring finger.
7. From the field of radionics comes the sticky-smooth technique. Using any
surface – (credit cards are an option – but it’s better
to have something without the magnetic strip), let one
finger rub gently across the smooth surface. You can
ask your body to show you what a strong response feels
like (my preference), or you can program it so that
strong is smooth and for weak, the finger will just
stick (or the other way around if you prefer).
8. Some people see different colours in their heads for strong and weak
responses. Other people hear
different sorts of sounds.
And I’m sure there are many others which this creative community and its
allied fields have come up with.
I hope you get on well with these, and discover a few which work very well for
All the best,
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