Has anyone ever heard of an instance where somebody from a race of telepaths (for example, Betazeds) tried to read the thoughts of a changeling posing as a solid and what the results were? Could a changeling somehow hide its identity without giving itself away?

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    Worth noting that the Founders attack and occupy the Betazed homeworld during the war. They don't destroy the planet or genocide the people though... – Valorum Jan 22 '15 at 0:15
  • "a changeling posing as a solid" As opposed to what state they are usually in (e.g. 'solid'). I could do that.. – Andrew Thompson Jan 22 '15 at 1:45
  • “They don't destroy the planet or genocide the people though” — a missed opportunity if ever there was one. – Paul D. Waite Jan 22 '15 at 8:39
  • @PaulD.Waite- wow SOMEone has a real problem with Betazeds. – Nu'Daq Feb 19 '19 at 0:54

We know from DS9: Fascination that a powerful telepath (Lwaxana Troi) is unable to read our resident changeling, Odo:

LWAXANA : What is it, Odo? (off his reaction) I may not be able to read your emotions, but I can read your expression. Something's wrong.

However, we see in DS9 : Things Past that changelings (as a species) actually have quite a substantial telepathic ability:

ODO : (off PADD) The plasma storm that hit the runabout activated the enzymes and initiated a telepathic response.

BASHIR : Your mind reached out to find other changelings to form the Link, but it could only find Dax, Sisko and Garak.

I think it's reasonable to assume that a more experienced changeling would be able to control that telepathic ability to perfectly mimic a human (or alien) mind, at least sufficiently to fool a Betazoid scan.

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  • There's also the difference of a changeling's mind to consider. The differences in Ferengi brains make it impossible for Betazeds to read them, and changelings are far more different to Betazeds than Ferengi are. – James Sheridan Jan 22 '15 at 5:14

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