Why do so many people believe in psychic phenomena? Because they have psychic experiences! And why do they have psychic experiences when science and psychology tells us these experiences are not real? In this article, Cathy Cox explores the reasons for the undeniable popularity of psychics today.

The latest Gallup Poll (Gallup and Newport 1991) shows that about a third of Americans believe in telepathy (psychic ability) and about a quarter claim to have experienced it themselves. Rather fewer have experienced clairvoyance or psycho-kinesis (PK), but still the numbers are very high and have not been decreasing over the years. Previous surveys have found similar results, and also that the most common reason for belief in the paranormal or psychic ability is personal experience (Palmer 1979; Blackmore 1984). In short, people believe in psychic experiences because they have them!


Many people also gain benefit from the use of psychic lines and personal psychics to guide them through their life issues. The success of psychics has been a thorn in the side of psychologists over the years. Recently, on the internet in the US, it was reported that Psychologists in private practice are making less and less money now. So, why the demise of psychology, and the growth in the numbers of people going to psychics in recent years?

How Psychology makes people feel….

Psychology in the past has been based on the medical model. The ‘doctor’, (psychologist or psychiatrist), has superior and specialist knowledge of the human mind and behaviour, and using this training, is able to diagnose the patient (client) and provide a treatment to cure the disease. This medical model treats diseases, not people. Similarly, psychologists are trained to treat mental disorders, which are presumed to have an organic origin, although this is rarely proven to be the case. The disease model, when applied to psychology in particular, has shortcomings:

1. Firstly it fails to treat the person and it looks for dysfunction.

2. Secondly, there is a presumption (rarely proven in psychology) that mental illnesses follow the same pattern in every person. If you have a mental disorder, it will develop in the same way a cold does: you have your cause, your symptoms, your prognosis. However, with issues of the heart and mind, they are not so fixed, nor are they so easy to fix!

Focus on shared life experiences
Surprising experiments in personality psychology showed that people’s response to situations was predicted more by situation than by their personality. In other words, we have more in common with each other when we face similar life circumstances, regardless of our personality. So there is a lot to learn from the experience of life. Not everything can be predicted by measuring aspects of the person. This is because people exist in interaction with life. This is very interesting when you consider the focus throughout history on the sharing of wisdom. Folklore, religion, cultural heritage, stories, and myths exist in every civilisation, as they pass on the knowledge learned from one generation to the next.

Origin Psychics are the new keepers of wisdom
An Origin Psychic is like a guide who uses the shared wisdom in the human race to map different pathways and life choices for people. Psychics have not lost their connection with the lineage of ancient wisdom. In order to do a psychic reading, a psychic will use Tarot images containing the stories told in ancient mythology, the I Ching, runes, and past life stories that draw upon ancient cultures and civilisations. Psychics communicate the messages that will help the person make choices in their life. The psychic is in touch with the shared wisdom of the ages, and can keep this lineage alive, so that people can continue to access this wisdom as they have done throughout the ages.

Psychics read energy, not books, to help people
A psychic is constantly in touch with you. Origin Psychics do not refer to books to discover what your problem is. A psychic can read the energy in a person’s life and then see where that energy is unfolding. So a psychic will deal with each situation as it is being created in that person’s life. Psychic insight enables the therapist to share the client’s space – share their world, share their personal experience, and through that, see a way forward.

The connection is evidenced in the psychic reading when the psychic is able to accurately reflect the details of the situation, either practical, or emotional, as if they were there. This is ultimately reassuring for the client, as the client can then feel a connection with a shared humanity. Instead of being diagnosed and treated as if they are the problem, in a psychic reading, the client becomes part of the tribe again. The wisdom of the collective human tribal experience is available for them, and they can take the answers that suit them.

People aren’t looking for problems – they are looking for answers

You can access the wealth of hidden knowledge within you. All the answers lie within your consciousness. Imagine that your mind is like a doorway to the universe, and if you focus and look within, you can access anything you need. This is the Psychic Origin, where you see the potential within your own mind. When you feel separate and alone, you can’t access this knowledge. At these times, you can link into a psychic friend to help you along the way.