Using statistical data in a reading

A good understanding of the general population is essential when performing cold readings.  As mentioned in Chapter 2, the statistical fact is based on statistical information and demographics.  Intuitors should study the statistics, polls and surveys to generate educated guesses.  The information is drawn from statistical data available on the internet, library, and databases such as government censes data. 

Some samples of Statistical Information:

PARENTING

At the end of women’s typical childbearing years, between 40 and 44 years of age, 19% of women have no children, 17% have one child, 36% have two children, 18% have three children, and 10% have four children.  The fertility rate for most women is between 1.8 and 2.1 children, except Hispanic women who average 2.4 births.

MARRIAGE AND DIVORCE

The median age at first marriage is 25 for women and 27 for men.
Cohabitation precedes nearly half of all marriages.
Nearly half of first marriages end in divorce.
Women initiate two-thirds of all divorces.  This figure is lower in states where shared custody of the children is more likely.

EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT

Men and women, 30 years and older, are equally as likely to have completed high school, 83%.
Twenty-eight percent of men have obtained a bachelor’s degree or higher compared with 23% of women.
In the under 30 crowd, however, women have been outperforming men both in high school and college graduation levels.

MOST POPULAR BOYS’ NAMES BY DECADE

1950: John, James, Robert, William, Michael, David, Richard, Thomas, Charles, Gary
1960:
David, Michael, John, James, Robert, Mark, William, Richard, Thomas, Steven
1970:
Michael, David, John, James, Robert, Christopher, William, Mark, Richard, Brian
1980:
Michael, Jason, Christopher, David, James, Matthew, John, Joshua, Robert, Daniel
1990:
Michael, Christopher, Joshua, Matthew, David, Daniel, Andrew, Joseph, Justin, James
2000:
Jacob, Michael, Matthew, Joshua, Christopher, Nicholas, Andrew, Joseph, Daniel, Tyler

MOST POPULAR GIRLS’ NAMES BY DECADE

1950: Linda, Mary, Patricia, Barbara, Susan, Maria, Sandra, Nancy, Deborah, Kathleen
1960:
Mary, Susan, Maria, Karen, Lisa, Linda, Donna, Patricia, Debra, Deborah
1970:
Jennifer, Lisa, Kimberly, Michelle, Angela, Maria, Amy, Melissa, Mary, Tracy
1980:
Jennifer, Jessica, Amanda, Melissa, Sarah, Nicole, Heather, Amy, Michelle, Elizabeth
1990:
Jessica, Ashley, Brittany, Amanda, Stephanie, Jennifer, Samantha, Sarah, Megan, Lauren
2000:
Emily, Hannah, Madison, Ashley, Sarah, Alexis, Samantha, Jessica, Taylor, Elizabeth

TEN MOST POPULAR PET NAMES (SOURCE: ASPCA Veterinary Study)

1. Max
2. Sam
3. Lady
4. Bear
5. Smokey
6. Shadow
7. Kitty
8. Molly
9. Buddy
10. Brandy

More statistics are available in the book.

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