The Truth About Some Psychics
Some Psychics Prey on the Vulnerable
|The Truth About Some Psychics
Some Psychics Prey on the Vulnerable
report into the tricks psychics play to extort money from victims. This
is not always the case with all psychics but many will pray on victims
who are grieving due to a death of a loved one, missing person, family
problems, or other similar situations.
This is a good reminder that we can
all be victims of claims that may be too good to be true, especially
when you are being asked for a large sum of money.
In this situation a
sum of $34,000 was asked from the so-called psychic, this should raise a
red flag of caution but for some the grief is so great they will do
Parapsychological research has attempted to use random
number generators to test for psychokinesis, mild sensory deprivation in
the Ganzfeld experiment to test for extrasensory perception, and
research trials conducted under contract by the U.S. government to
investigate remote viewing.
Some of these tests such as the Ganzfeld have been put forward as
evidence of psychic phenomena by parapsychologists, and according to the
Parapsychological Association, the consensus within that field is that
there is good evidence for extrasensory perception, psychokinesis, and
Critics such as Ed J. Gracely say that this evidence is not sufficient
for acceptance, partly because the intrinsic probability of psychic
phenomena is very small.
Critics such as Ray Hyman and the National Science Foundation suggest
that parapsychology has methodological flaws that can explain the
experimental results that parapsychologists attribute to paranormal
explanations, and various critics have classed the field as
This has largely been due to lack of replication of results by independent experimenters.
Gypsy "Psychic" Scam
Gypsy "phychics" prey on the elderly in California. From KGO-TV San Francisco.
The evidence presented for psychic phenomena is not sufficiently verified for scientific acceptance, and there exist many non-paranormal alternative explanations for claimed instances of psychic events.
Parapsychologists, who generally believe that there is some evidence for psychic ability, disagree with critics who believe that no psychic ability exists and that many of the instances of more popular psychic phenomena such as mediumism, can be attributed to non-paranormal techniques such as cold reading, hot reading, or even self-delusion.
Magicians such as James Randi, Ian Rowland and Derren Brown have demonstrated techniques and results similar to those of popular psychics, but they present psychological explanations as opposed to paranormal ones.
In January 2008 the results of a study using neuroimaging were published. To provide what are purported to be the most favorable experimental conditions, the study included appropriate emotional stimuli and had participants who are biologically or emotionally related, such as twins.
The experiment was designed to produce positive results if telepathy, clairvoyance or precognition occurred, but despite this no distinguishable neuronal responses were found between psychic stimuli and non-psychic stimuli, while variations in the same stimuli showed anticipated effects on patterns of brain activation. The researchers concluded that "These findings are the strongest evidence yet obtained against the existence of paranormal mental phenomena."
James Alcock had cautioned the researchers against the wording of said statement. A detailed study of Sylvia Browne predictions about missing persons and murder cases has found that despite her repeated claims to be more than 85% correct, "Browne has not even been mostly correct in a single case."
Phone Psychic Hotlines
Exposed on EXTRA
Suzanne Rico investigates Telephone Psychics with the help of former phony phone psychic Bruce McCoy.
Cold reading is a series of techniques used by mentalists, illusionists, and con artists to determine or express details about another person, often in order to convince them that the reader knows much more about a subject than they actually do.
Without prior knowledge of a person, a practiced cold reader can still quickly obtain a great deal of information about the subject by analyzing the person's body language, age, clothing or fashion, hairstyle, gender, sexual orientation, religion, race or ethnicity, level of education, manner of speech, place of origin, etc.
Cold readers commonly employ high probability guesses about the subject, quickly picking up on signals from their subjects as to whether their guesses are in the right direction or not, and then emphasizing and reinforcing any chance connections the subjects acknowledge while quickly moving on from missed guesses.
Before starting the actual reading, the reader will typically try to elicit cooperation from the subject, saying something such as, "I often see images that are a bit unclear and which may sometimes mean more to you than to me; if you help, we can together uncover new things about you."
Techniques of Phony Psychics
How fake psychics scam their clients.
One of the most crucial elements of a convincing cold reading is a subject eager to make connections or reinterpret vague statements in any way that will help the reader appear to make specific predictions or intuitions.
While the reader will do most of the talking, it is the subject who provides the meaning.
After determining that the subject is cooperative, the reader will make a number of probing statements or questions, typically using variations of the methods noted below.
The subject will then reveal further information with their replies (whether verbal or non-verbal) and the cold reader can continue from there, pursuing promising lines of inquiry and quickly abandoning or avoiding unproductive ones.
In general, while revelations seem to come from the reader, most of the facts and statements come from the subject, which are then refined and restated by the reader so as to reinforce the idea that the reader got something correct.
Subtle cues such as changes in facial expression or body language can indicate if a particular line of questioning is effective or not. Combining the techniques of cold reading with information obtained covertly (also called "hot reading") can leave a strong impression the reader knows or has access to a great deal of information about the subject.
Because the majority of time during a reading is spent dwelling on the "hits" the reader obtains, while the time spent recognizing "misses" is minimized, the effect gives an impression that the cold reader knows far more about the subject than an ordinary stranger could.