Psychics get a bad rap in the media, generally speaking. “Debunkers” have a field day trying to disprove the legitimacy of the practice. A large proportion of the population claims to disbelieve in psychic powers.
Yet, each day, thousands of people across the United States seek the guidance of a psychic, either in-person or via phone or internet. Why is that, given the widespread belief against psychics’ powers? Here are a few reasons that even skeptics call up psychics from time to time.
People Want to Believe in a Higher Power
Along with participating in other forms of spirituality and religion, talking to a psychic opens up the possibility that there is some higher power out there that defies the dry explanations of the universe offered by science.
Psychics tap into the realm of understanding and human knowledge that has thus far eluded scientific explanation. Even those who don’t participate in organized religion or who aren’t fully sold on the metaphysical might give psychics a chance.
They Are Seeking Validation
Many times, we have a gut feeling about something, but we lack the ability to articulate why we have it or where it came from. Consequently, acting on those gut feelings may seem reckless. For some validation, even skeptics might seek out psychics.
Talking to a psychic can help us work through these problems and articulate our gut feelings. Whether you believe it’s through metaphysical powers or body language and tone, clairvoyants are excellent at reading people. They can offer analysis from a neutral third party’s perspective. If you’d like to skip the more showy part of the reading that many people enjoy, just let your psychic know. They’ll often be happy to just sit and talk with you about what they see and hear, physically or otherwise.
It might even turn out that you’ve got a bit of a psychic instinct as well.
Talking to a Psychic Is Fun
Whatever one thinks about the legitimacy of the practice, talking to psychics is undoubtedly entertaining. Who doesn’t want to hear a forecast about what their future holds,whether or not you trust in it? At the very least, it will get you thinking about what you’re currently doing with your life and how your current actions are affecting (or might affect) your future self.
Going along with that, you might even hire a psychic for a party. This is often done for parties that celebrate a milestone, like a bachelorette party or a graduation party. However, they’re great for any kind of party. You and your friends will get a kick out of sharing your readings with one another and making guesses about what they might mean.
They Are Search for Meaning
Humans intuitively seek meaning in life. Scientific explanations often masquerade as an explanation of why when, in reality, they merely explain how. For example, science might explain the physical processes that result in the seasons (the Earth’s relative tilt toward the sun divided by northern and southern hemispheres) but it can’t necessarily explain why certain emotions or feelings might hit you out of the blue.
Why does summer offer the experience of free-wheeling, care-free fun? Why does winter bring feelings of coziness and family get-togetherness? Those questions of emotionality and the meaning we seek in life are the purviews of psychics—and the reason why so many people turn to them for guidance.
The discipline is not likely going anywhere anytime soon, despite the best efforts of skeptics to throw cold water on the process. The allure of psychics is strong, whether you believe in the spiritual world and unexplainable powers or not. Even skeptics can get something out of talking with a psychic, medium, or clairvoyant.
Bio: Anita is a freelance writer from Denver, CO. She studied at Colorado State University, and now writes articles about health, business, family and finance. A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family whenever she isn’t writing. You can follow her on Twitter @anitaginsburg.