Psychics

Didn't want to take over the other thread, but it got me wondering....are any legit??

Its not something I believe in, but my Mom had her tea leaves read at a party and everything was surprisingly accurate.

The woman said my parents would make a quick trip to the East coast in the spring....my Great Grandmother died in March and they went to the funeral.

My Dad was going to come into money. Not a ton, but my Grandmother found some old stock certificates and split them up between her kids, he got a big raise at work and my parents got money from my Great Grandmothers inheritance....all within a few weeks.

She said that I would go through a big life change the end of the summer...I left for work on a cruise ship in August (hadn't even considered it let alone applied at the time).

I forget what else she said, but there were 5 or 6 things that happened within months of seeing this woman.

On the flip side, we had one on the ship that was supposedly really good. She was at a party one night and offered to read a friend and I and our boyfriends....right off the bat she had us with the wrong guys

So what do you think??
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No, there are no legit psychics. They are scammers. Con artists. Grifters. Shysters. Every language has a word for them. They are often people who are perceptive in picking up information from people's conversation and body language, and they use that to part fools from their money.
I do believe in psychics. But I don't believe in those who ask for money. There's a long held belief in that world that using your "gift" for material gain makes you lose it. Plus any real psychic knows they're not right all the time, or that any number of little things can change the future. Too many of them seem to talk in definites, when it's more like a possibility.
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I believe there are and I agree, I doubt real ones would charge money.
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No, there are no legit psychics. They are scammers. Con artists. Grifters. Shysters. Every language has a word for them. They are often people who are perceptive in picking up information from people's conversation and body language, and they use that to part fools from their money.
Totally agree.
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So-called psychics who appear legit are simply skilled at cold reading.
Didn't want to take over the other thread, but it got me wondering....are any legit??

Its not something I believe in, but my Mom had her tea leaves read at a party and everything was surprisingly accurate.

The woman said my parents would make a quick trip to the East coast in the spring....my Great Grandmother died in March and they went to the funeral.

My Dad was going to come into money. Not a ton, but my Grandmother found some old stock certificates and split them up between her kids, he got a big raise at work and my parents got money from my Great Grandmothers inheritance....all within a few weeks.

She said that I would go through a big life change the end of the summer...I left for work on a cruise ship in August (hadn't even considered it let alone applied at the time).

I forget what else she said, but there were 5 or 6 things that happened within months of seeing this woman.

On the flip side, we had one on the ship that was supposedly really good. She was at a party one night and offered to read a friend and I and our boyfriends....right off the bat she had us with the wrong guys

So what do you think??
Originally Posted by CurlyCanadian

I agree that psychics are shysters and that they are just using cold reading techniques... a "bad" psychic would be less skilled at that.

For the pyschic your Mom saw:

1. a lot of people go on quick trips, to the east coast or elsewhere. Maybe she picked up on an east coast speech mannerism or something else suggesting an east coast connection. (A flight attendant said to me that my son was "some cute" and I said "oh! you're from Scotia!" and she asked me how I knew... with so much family there, that phrase was a giveaway! And it could be even more subtle than that.)

2. many people "come into money" from time to time through investments, raises etc. Maybe your parents projected an image of people who have the means to invest, have good steady jobs, etc.

3. A "big life change" is pretty vague. You were a young person and most young people have "big life changes" - I don't think it even takes any cold reading skill to figure that one out!
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No, there are no legit psychics. They are scammers. Con artists. Grifters. Shysters. Every language has a word for them. They are often people who are perceptive in picking up information from people's conversation and body language, and they use that to part fools from their money.
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves
ITA. Penn and Teller has a series called BullSh%t that talks about this sort of thing. Also there's a book by Michael Lermer, I think...I'm going by memory here...I'll find out for sure and get back to you (the OP poster you) about that. It's either Lermer or Shermer.
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I'm not at home, so I looked for it on Amazon.com:


Why People Believe Weird Things: Pseudoscience, Superstition, and Other Confusions of Our Time by Michael Shermer and Stephen Jay Gould (Paperback - Sep 1, 2002)


It's a good read.
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Sorry for the book. I thought Iíd write a sentence or two and who knows where all this came from. Just my opinions.

I think many of the "public" psychics are frauds. I do believe in psychic ability though and have used it myself and observed it in others. I think there is much fear involved in psychic ability. I think that people fear much of what they can not see, however, you can not see gravity, taste or touch and I doubt that you would argue that they exist. I attended a mysteries school for three years and it took some of the mystery out of such topics. I interest in these topics were first ignited by a Catholic priest in my family when he was discussing the many phenomenon that he had observed over the course of his 60 some year career at that time. I had experienced some pretty wild things before that and had always pooh-poohed them because of my religious beliefs and when he shared those experiences with me I felt that I had permission, in some way, to question and investigate.

What I found in the approximately seven years of intense study, first with some Jesuit Priests that I knew and then with many different religious and spiritual groups including but not limited to the mysteries school that I attended, in my opinion, is that psychic ability is a collection of senses that most of us shut off and ignore. I think that we are meant to be aware of those senses just like the ones we do utilize on a daily basis. I do think that we are supposed to do it for ourselves and have somewhat of a problem with people who intervene for others especially when they are charging obscene amounts of money. I really admire the people who teach others about these subjects though because they come up against a great deal of prejudice, it isnít usually all that lucrative and most of the people I have met that do it would certainly be capable of being successful in other fields. I guess just like any great teacher. I know I couldnít do it. Although sometimes when not seeking them, I do get clear messages sometimes for other people which mean nothing, and when I say nothing I mean absolutely nothing to me-sometimes total gibberish, but when relayed to that person has been very meaningful and sometimes life changing. I have never charged for these and have felt that if I did charge that this ability would be compromised.

I did have one major premonition that came to me during a meditation. It was at a time when I was asking for conformation because I was very skeptical. It was something that I could never have known and that no one knew at the time I saw it. It was an event that rocked some of the people in my family to their core and I wish that I had not seen it in advance and havenít asked for any such conformation since then. I didnít really believe it when I saw it and I even shared it with someone close to me because it seemed so crazy that I thought it might have some other meaning that I was missing in my naÔvetť and when it came to pass I struggled with many feelings of guilt over could I have changed those events or helped in someway. Not a good time for me.
There are legit psychics, just the majority of them are scammers. My great aunt was psychic but you would have never known because she was not the type to broadcast it. She grew up in a time that didn't accept people like her. She would give you a message ONLY if it was something she thought was important and never ever if you asked for it. Most of the time she's just pull on her ear, and say be quiet out loud lol. We knew she was legit and not nuts because when she did give you a message it would always work the way she said, and God forbid if you blatently ignored it, you'd never get one again.

She wasn't to fond of being psychic at all.
I believe in psychics. I've had way too many experiences with way too obscure information that I can't not believe in them. They have never asked me for a dime. They actually really didn't like having the gift because people always "expected" things from them.

Yeah, the vague "you're going on a trip" thing can be hosed. I take a trip every day to school.

But I've had very specific, family healing experiences with psychics I neither asked nor sought for. And I had to relay the information. That was uncomfortable. Think about how the poor psychic feels.
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[quote=RedCatWaves;859471]No, there are no legit psychics. quote]

I have to disagree! Yes, there are a LOT of frauds out there (actually I think 75% of the ones on hotlines are fake), but I've been fortunate enough to find a real honest one. I have a psychic advisor that I consult about once a month. We talk over the phone only and have never met in person. She hears messages from spirit guides. She knows specific things about me- past, present and future - that she would have no way of knowing if she weren't legitimate. She's predicted car crashes (including the color of the cars involved), a flooding in my office, new romances, can pull names and specific dates/times out of thin air, and more.

One time she said, "You've been eating a lot of yogurt lately, right? The guides are saying there's some ingredient in the brand you've been buying that's interfering with your recovery. I don't know what that means, but they wanted me to tell you." I had NOT mentioned anything about the fact that I was on a treatment protocol for intestinal issues, and I actually HAD been eating a ton of yogurt that week! I was shocked. I hadn't even asked her about my health. When I checked the yogurt label there was pectin, which was strictly prohibited on my treatment plan!

Over the summer, she told me I'd meet someone special with a name that sounded like "Abe", and that he'd be in the business field. Sure enough, I met a guy named Gabe who has his MBA. This woman is amazing and she will turn any skeptic into a believer.
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No, there are no legit psychics. quote]

I have to disagree! Yes, there are a LOT of frauds out there (actually I think 75% of the ones on hotlines are fake), but I've been fortunate enough to find a real honest one. I have a psychic advisor that I consult about once a month. We talk over the phone only and have never met in person. She hears messages from spirit guides. She knows specific things about me- past, present and future - that she would have no way of knowing if she weren't legitimate. She's predicted car crashes (including the color of the cars involved), a flooding in my office, new romances, can pull names and specific dates/times out of thin air, and more.

One time she said, "You've been eating a lot of yogurt lately, right? The guides are saying there's some ingredient in the brand you've been buying that's interfering with your recovery. I don't know what that means, but they wanted me to tell you." I had NOT mentioned anything about the fact that I was on a treatment protocol for intestinal issues, and I actually HAD been eating a ton of yogurt that week! I was shocked. I hadn't even asked her about my health. When I checked the yogurt label there was pectin, which was strictly prohibited on my treatment plan!

Over the summer, she told me I'd meet someone special with a name that sounded like "Abe", and that he'd be in the business field. Sure enough, I met a guy named Gabe who has his MBA. This woman is amazing and she will turn any skeptic into a believer.
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