If you haven’t watched the last episode of The Mentalist (Red John), then skip this post 🙂 . I don’t want to ruin the reveal for anybody.
So, initially, I wasn’t going to write about this, since it pretty much has nothing to do with the topic of this blog. However, because I am a big fan of the show, and because I just made a post about a book on How to Be a Mentalist, I decided to allow myself to do it. Who knows! Maybe in the future this blog will be about life, books, and the TV show The Mentalist 🙂 .
Well, probably not, but I do like to keep my options open.
To get down to the topic: Red John was revealed last night, and the reveal surprised me, but not really. I’ve read countless of comments on other blogs saying that it seems strange that McAllister was the only one of the three people who were members of the Blake Association, and who was killed (since they were all in a part of the room where they should have been safe).
What do you think of the way in which Patrick ended Red John’s life? I personally thought it was a nice touch (at least as far as a murder goes), having him killed by Patrick’s bare hand. I found the moment to be quite emotional too, especially when Jane asked him if he was sorry to have killed his wife and daughter, and if he was afraid to die.
Quite frankly, to me at least, it’s pretty obvious he was lying when he answered “yes” to the first question. I mean, just a few scenes ago he had appeared confident, and quite proud of his position. The affirmative answer to the second question, however, seemed to me to be true, simply because it fits with his previous behavior.
All in all, I believe the team behind the show did a spectacular job, both with the end of the Red John saga, but also with giving the fans something to be interested in for the next few episodes. As far as I’m concerned, I’d love to know how the whole issue of the Blake Association will be solved (because, after all, there are members out there who are still alive), but I’m also interested in what’s going to happen to the CBI.
In honor of the much-anticipated end to the Red John saga, from the TV show The Mentalist, I thought it would be a fun idea to discuss a book that is written around this very show.
“How to Be a Mentalist”, by Simon Winthrop, promises its readers to uncover the mysteries of “mind reading”, as presented by Patrick Jane in his mission to find and imprison murderers. The only exception to this mission is the man because of whom it all begun, as Patrick has different plans after having found him.
The Mentalist is all about the mind: tricks and games, readings and predictions, realizations and assumptions. Winthrop tries in his book to shed light into how Patrick Jane has managed to master these matters of the mind.
Though I can’t say that after having read the book I can go out there and know people the same way Jane seems to, I do feel like I’ve gained some pretty interesting insight into what’s required to truly understand people.
1)The Mind-Body Connection
Winthrop stresses this quite a lot: you can’t expect to have a well-functioning mind if your body is badly taken care of and generally unhealthy. He brings some viable suggestions to the table, such as meditating, doing exercise, and getting enough sleep. These may sound like common-sense notions, but it is staggering just how many of us don’t get around to doing any of these things.
2)Improve Your Memory
To truly be a mentalist, your memory must be excellent. When watching the show, we can’t help but notice that it is Patrick’s remarkable capacity to recall that almost always solves the case, or at least plays a crucial role in it. Winthrop gives some suggestions of improving the capacity of recalling. For example, practicing by trying to remember as many details from any event, object or person as possible is one of the best ways of improving the memory.
Winthrop also explains the concept of the Memory Palace, which is brought up in The Mentalist in a few episodes. It seems that the trick is to use a space that you’re extremely familiar with, and every time you have to remember something, you must break that thing into (funny) parts, and place each part in different sections of the familiar space.
3)Deal with Liars the Right Way
To me, the most valuable thing that I read in this book was, in fact, not something I’ve never heard before, but something I think we should all be reminded of as often as possible. Before you’re dealing with someone you know is a liar, make sure you have checked all your beliefs. That way, there’s no way you’re going to get confused and lost in the lie.
4)Maintain Your Appearance
We’re all about appearance, whether we like it or not. Truth is, we’re programmed that way, so fighting against it, though helpful to some extent, will probably end in failure. This is why, particularly those interested to become mentalists, must make sure that they appear powerful. To appear powerful, you must be confident and relaxed.
I participated in a psychology study recently, and there we had to watch several videos of pairs of people interacting for the first time. After that, we had to fill out a questionnaire about one of the people in each video. Most questions were concerned with whether I liked them or not, would I trust them, and so on.
The funny thing? The more confident and in control of the situation they were, the more tempted I was to say that I liked them. And yet, I hadn’t even actually met them! Just something to think about… 🙂
5)Instincts and the Subconsciousness
One of the theories out there is that instincts come from our subconsciousness. How? Well, it is assumed that our subconsciousness is able to pick up on clues that our conscious mind doesn’t (such as the body language of the person you are talking to). This is what Winthrop was also suggesting, and I believe this is a valuable to keep in mind. If this is true, then instincts should be used to our advantage. A little besides the topic of this post, but connected to instincts is the book “The Gift of Fear”, written by Gavin de Becker. It explores how fear that might seem unjustified might in fact, be an indicator of danger that your subconsciousness has picked up on.
If you like The Mentalist, and are looking for a fun read, then this book might just hit the spot. However, don’t expect it to convert you into the best mentalist that ever walked the Earth, first of all because that would require practice. Lots and lots of it. Second, this book did not strike me as a manual, but rather, as I just said, a fun read for the evenings.
As far as the actual TV show goes, what are your thoughts on the Red John matter? Are you excited for it to finally be over?
“Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime.”
― Ernest Hemingway
In honor of Canada’s Remembrance Day, I wanted to make a special post, meant to remind us of two things:
1) Real people fought, were both heroes and monsters, and died for their country in wars
2) Wars, no matter why they were started, can never be good
People die in wars. On occasions, it is civilians whose lives are taken by a mistake, miscalculation, or, on some terrifying occasions, on purpose. However, the death of soldiers is not only consistent, but required.
This horrid word contains death carefully enclosed in its meaning. Though much shorter than the word murder, and with a much less emotional impact on the average person, war carries with it stronger impact and darker meaning.
If the repercussions of wars would be noises, none of us would be able to sleep, as we’d all be tormented by the constant cries of wars’ impacts.
I came across the story of a Canadian soldier, Arthur-Joseph Lapointe, which you can read by clicking here.
This man fought for Canada during the First World War, and saw on the front things that not even our most wicked nightmares would ever be capable of depicting.
He lived his days among corpses, many of which he had gotten a chance to see when they still carried life in them. He saw death and lived in it.
Sadly, the arms of death can stretch over oceans, and Lapointe discovered this because, upon his return home, he learnt that five of his siblings had passed away due to a flu epidemic.
It is almost impossible, even under the most powerful spell of creativity, to understand the depths of despair at which Lapointe must have sunk in his time on the front, and on his return to a home that was nothing like the one he had left behind.
The war had changed everything: both the inside and outside worlds of every soldier that had fought on the front.