You reach out with your mind and touch the mind of another, probing gently for it's current emotional state and surface thoughts. For as long as you are concentrating on this ability, you continually read that emotional state of the target and get a sense for what is currently on its mind. You cannot probe any deeper for knowledge or things that it isn't actively thinking about.
If the target has psionic ability, it may use Mental Shield
to protect its mind.