Those of you who suspected the text I presented two posts ago was related to cold reading were correct.
Wikipedia: In 1948, psychologist Bertram R. Forer gave a personality test to his students, and then gave them a personality analysis supposedly based on the test's results.
He invited each of them to rate the analysis on a scale of 0 (very poor) to 5 (excellent) as it applied to themselves: the average was 4.26. He then revealed that each student had been given the same analysis, which was the text that was in that last post.
Later studies have found that subjects give higher accuracy ratings if the following are true
- the subject believes that the analysis applies only to them
- the subject believes in the authority of the evaluator
- the analysis lists mainly positive traits