a mental barrier that prevents one’s thoughts from being read by a telepath
Then, perhaps, with private detectives—some sort of mind shield—Joshua, you must remember.
You will lower your mind shield. Of course, I don’t expect absolutely free access to your brain. That would be like asking you to undress.
The Psychologist himself, whose dome-shaped dwelling topped one section of the Old Lycannese Hotel, was taking no chances at all these days. From the center of the moving cluster of his henchmen he gave the trailing humanoid’s mind a flicking probe and encountered a mind-shield no different than was to be expected in a traveler with highly valuable commercial secrets to preserve—a shield he could have dissolved in an instant with hardly any effort at all.
The only Terran who has ever developed a secondary mind shield—the only non-Rigelian who has ever penetrated my shield, even though you did it the once by trickery.
The Esper went back, holding a mind shield as a frail protection.
When she reached the food and saw the amount of it, her mind shield dropped. Wolvem could sense her greed.
He glowered back at Peter. His mind-shield was rock. ‘You can’t turn your back on what you are. You’re a Terrell, and the Terrells are the Keep. For a Telepath to deny the purpose of his talent—’
A.E. van Vogt, 'Slan'
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