are many individuals today claiming to have psychic abilities. Some
have made quite lucrative careers out of these claims. But are they
real? Can they truly see the future? Do they actually have the ability
to speak to the dead, foretell future events and recount past lives? I
believe that it is almost impossible to predict the future of another
person. It is much easier to predict your own future; after all itís
your life, who could ever know more about it than you? As far as
speaking to speaking to the dead and recounting past lives, well Iíll
keep an open mind about such things but my personal hunch is that most
people claiming to have these abilities are less than genuine.
Many people claiming
to be psychics are in fact frauds. But the same can be said about many
doctors, lawyers, politicians, salesmen, or people in any other
profession. One of the problems with determining which psychics are
genuine and which are not is that there are no definitive guidelines
for measurement. There are no professional policies or standardized
practices to adhere to. There is no established governing body to
report fraudulent psychics to.
professions which have regulatory or licensing protocols to follow,
there are no such standards for psychics. Anyone can call themselves a
psychic and begin practicing professionally.
Fortunately there are
some ways to determine whether a psychic may be misrepresenting
themselves. A professional psychic relies heavily on reputation. A
psychic with a bad reputation soon becomes a former psychic looking
for a career change. If you are considering paying for the services of
a psychic, ask for references and testimonials of satisfied clients.
If a psychic is reluctant to provide such information it may be wise
to search elsewhere for psychic services.
The best regulation of the psychic
industry is word of mouth advertising. Frauds and con artists gain a
bad reputation very quickly these days. A psychic with confidence in
their abilities will have no problem with providing this information.
Do your homework, ask others with an interest in psychics who they
One thing to watch out for is anyone,
psychic or not, who tries to use fear, intimidation, dis-empowerment,
uncertainty, doubt, or any of a range of similar tactics to get you to
hand over your power and fork over your hard earned money.
One of the oldest scams
around is for a fortune-teller, or con artist claiming to be a fortune
teller, to tell you that you are under a curse of some sort, that "evil
spirits", "bad mojo" or some type other of curse is causing
whatever sort of problem you may be having. This of course leads to
being asked for money, usually being asked for money several times as
part of an ongoing "treatmentĒ to rid you of your horrible curses. The
scammers try to convince you that they can fix your problems, exorcise
demons, remove a curse, but it will take more time, more readings and
of course more money. This turns into a kind of blackmail with you
acting as a sort of willing victim. Beware of this scenario. If you
feel you are being conned then you probably are.
Trust your own intuition in these cases and
back out of this situation gracefully. You will be amazed at the change in
attitude of the con-artist when they realize that you are no longer
willing to hand over your money. Be strong and trust yourself to do the
right thing. Most of this is plain common sense, but many times,
especially when people are under a lot of stress or in a vulnerable state,
plain sense just isn't very common.
© 2005 Jeffrey R. Palmer Ph.D.