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What is a Psychic?

Article by Craig Hamilton-Parker:

A Psychic is a person with the ability of ESP (Extra-Sensory-Perception) The word ‘Psychic’ originates from the Greek word ‘psychikos’ (Pertaining to the Soul) and refers to the ‘psyche’ (The Human Mind).

Psychic EyeThe word psychic was coined by the renowned chemist William Crookes to describe Spiritualist medium Daniel Dunglas Home – a man who could levitate off the floor! Today Spiritualists would refer to a man like Home as a ‘medium’ because he had the ability to communicate with the dead. Psychics are not considered to be mediums by modern Spiritualists.

A psychic is a person with ESP or Extra Sensory Perception or what people more commonly refer to as ‘the sixth sense’. The term ESP was first used in 1870 by Sir Richard Burton but brought into wider public usage through the work of Society for Psychical Research and the experiments of the researcher J. B. Rhine at Duke University in 1930.

When a psychic gives a psychic reading or a consultation this would include intuitively perceiving information about the sitter using clairvoyance (seership) and telepathy (mind to mind communication).  In some cases, this can include information that is already in your mind but also extraordinary information about your situation. Many people visit a psychic because they want to know about the future – a gift known as precognition.

It is debatable that the future is set and I personally believe that because we have free will the future can be changed. What precognition foresees can be changed by the decisions we make and our own free will. Psychics get a feel for the future and the map ahead but the choice of the path is yours.

A psychic is able to access a person’s auric field (the life force that surrounds living things) and will be able to ascertain information about the sitter. This could include memories and information about the persons feelings, fears and thoughts. Their insights are however limited to the material world but not spirit communication. A psychic reading can be very helpful as a mirror to your self and throw light onto your unconscious. I advise that psychic insights need to be treated as guidance rather than fact.

Sceptics argue that there is no such thing as a psychic and that the sitters are simple gullible people who make what the psychic says fit what they want to hear. They call this the Barnum effect – a cynical reference to the Barnum Circus that had ‘something for everyone’. Of course we believe otherwise and on this site you will find many examples and videos that show starting proofs that could not be achieved by guesswork or subjective validation. (When a sitter finds personal meaning in statements that could apply to just about anyone).

Psychic Video

It is important that visitors to this site know the difference between a psychic and a medium. In the video below I have given what I feel is a clear explanation and should help you when making decisions about selecting a reading.

Is Everyone Psychic?

Psychic IQ TestMost people are probably psychic to a degree and these abilities can be developed with training. A great many people visiting this site would have had dreams that come true, had the feeling of being somewhere before or many be able to anticipate what someone is about to say. Many believe they have had a contact from a spirit or known who is on the other end of the phone before they answer. Experiments have shown that a great many people will know if they are being stared at and new mothers know when their newborn is distressed. Test your psychic skills now with our Psychic IQ Test.

Learn to be a psychic with us:

We believe that psychic powers can be enhanced and you can practice your skills in our psychic community where we run online classes. You can also try some of the Psychic Tests on this site to see if you have a psychic personality.

References and Works Cited

  • Encyclopedic Psychic Dictionary [Kindle Edition] June G. Bletzer Ph D
  • The Dictionary of the Esoteric: Over 3000 Entries on the Mystical and Occult Traditions by Nevill Drury (1 Jun 2002)
  • The Prophet's Dictionary: The Ultimate Guide to Supernatural Wisdom by Paula A Price (1 Jan 2008)
  • Directory of Possibilities [Hardcover] Colin Wilson (Editor),John Grant (Editor)
  • The Paranormal Dictionary: A Complete Users Guide to Everything Paranormal by Chad L. Stambaugh (10 Dec 2013)
  • Theology: A Dictionary of Skeptical Definitions by Voltaire (7 Aug 2003)

Useful Resources


Of human mind: relating to the human mind. Outside scientific knowledge: outside the sphere of scientific knowledge. Sensitive to supernatural forces: claiming, or believed to have, extraordinary sensitivity to nonphysical or paranormal forces. From the Greek ψυχικός psychikos—"of the mind, mental".

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