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Types of Psychic Abilities

Updated on June 9, 2013

Types of Psychic Abilities

When someone proclaims they are psychic, what exactly are they saying? I think most people think that if a person has a psychic ability that they know everything. Not so. There are many different psychic talents and most people who are blessed with a special psychic ability don’t possess all of them. I think separating the talents helps to keep psychics humble and honest. After all, if all psychics did know everything, it would be too easy for them to use their talents for their own self interest and they’d all be rich. So, if you have a talent such as seeing auras around people and things, that necessarily mean you to can predict what is going to happen in the future.

Here’s a list of the various psychic talents that have been documented.

Animal Telepathy – The ability to communicate with various kinds of animals. These people are labeled at “Pet Psychics.” They claim the ability to know what animals are feeling. This one is very difficult to test scientifically.

Astral Projection - The ability to leave one's body and travel in spirit to another location. This is also known as Out of Body Experience (OBE). People who have this ability have actually been seen by others while projecting themselves to other places.

Aura Reading - The ability to see the energy fields that emanate from living beings. I have known people who have this ability and who have used it to diagnose diseases. It’s a shame all doctors haven’t perfected this talent. I have been told that the color purple in a person’s aura will indicate an area of disease.

Automatic Writing -The ability to write through the subconscious mind without conscious thought, or through guided writing from the unknown. People who have claimed to possess this talent have written books and have proclaimed the information came from someone who has already passed on. The Seth books are an example of an author proclaiming to use automatic writing. Channeling - Associated with mediums, this is the ability to act as a channel or vessel for an outside intelligence, from a life form that is no longer of the Earthly dimension. Many mediums have spirit guides who talk through them while in a trance state.

Clairaudience - Someone with this ability could be a thousand miles way and "hear" a loved one's cry of distress. This is the ability to hear things that are outside the normal hearing range. This can be persons who have passed on or a spirit guide. A famous Clairaudient is John Edwards.

Clairvoyance - A person with this type of ability can see things not apparent to others, like receiving a vision of events or a visual impression about a person. This ability is often combined with psychometry.An example would be shaking hands with someone and seeing something about them that the clairvoyant could not have known about otherwise.

Clairsentience - This is the ability to receive impressions that are more feeling in nature. Psychics associated with this ability are called empaths because they can feel the emotions of others.

Divination - A broad term that includes fortune telling, precognition, prophesy, and other methods used in an effort to predict the future.

Dowsing - Also known as "water witching", dowsing involves the use of a rod, sticks, or pendulum to locate water or lost objects. Dowsing Rods are also used in paranormal investigations to communicate with spirits. However, one does not have to necessarily have a psychic talent to use dowsing rods.

E.S.P. - Extra Sensory Perception is the awareness of information about events that are not gained through the normal five senses and not deducible from previous experience. Test subjects have been able to “see” shapes on cards in other rooms.

Hiero- Automatic painting or drawing. The graphic version of automatic writing. Intuition - The power or faculty of attaining direct knowledge or cognition without rational thought or inference. Just about everyone has this ability, but most don’t listen to it.

Levitation - The ability to cause one's body to hover off the ground. One of the more well-documented cases of levitation involved St. Theresa of Avila during the 16th century.

Medium -A person who channels information from an entity that is no longer in the Earth dimension. Some people report that they can not only channel information from people who have passed, but also from alien beings. Precognition/ Prophesy – The ability to predict the future. Knowing/seeing thing that will happen in a future time. Psychometry – The ability to gain information about a person by touching something belonging to them, as a ring or watch. Also known as "object reading," psychometry enables a psychic to pick up on psychic impressions (vibrations) left on an object by someone connected with it.

Pyrokinesis - The ability to start fires with one's mind. (Like Steven King’s Fire Starter) This ability is extremely rare.

Psychokinesis/ Telekinesis – The ability to move objects with the mind. Uri Geller is an example of a psychic who was able to bend spoons by using the power of this mind. His true ability has been under question, however. Remote Viewing -to be able to see, describe a person, place or thing without being in their presence.

Telepathy - The ability to communicate mind-to-mind with another. To communicate without speaking or writing.

Trans-Medium Channel -a consciousness enters into the human being and communicates through that person.


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      Christine B. 5 years ago from Medina, Ohio

      Hi Joshua... I wouldn't call holding back your tics a form of meditation; I would call it being about to control your body by sheer determination. But, you're other abilities do sound as though you have a psychic gift. I write a monthly Paranormal Musings Newsletter that I think might help you to understand some of the things that occur in your life. It's a free publication. Just send me an email at and I'll add your email address to my mailing list. You can read past issues (55 of them) via my web site: I'm sure you will find my web site helpful to you as well. Feel free to write to me at any time.

      Thanks for dropping by and for taking the time to comment. Know that you are not "weird." These gifts are just that and are not something you should be afraid or ashamed of.

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      joshua 5 years ago

      hi most of my life ive felt a small difference between me and most of the people around me. i feel i can sense things before they happen, (doesnt have to be important things) i feel like i have a great sense of people whos good whos bad. i can tell when someone is lying. ive had many many experiences with ghosts. my grandmother could predict who was gonna call her that day or who was going to come visit. my father can tell if someone is lying and can see through the bullshit and make a accurate prediction of things he knows nothing about. also he has told me of 2 incidents when hes left his body and floated across the floor in near death experiences where he should have been dead. i just wanted to know how i can tune in to my senses and strengthen my psychic abilities that seem to run strong in my family even though nobodys cept me has really taken too much interest in it. a side note, they say meditation can bring out the psychic in you and i have a light case of tourettes syndrome. nobody except my family knows about it because i go all day holding my ticks back and its very difficult at times. is that a form of meditation? id like somebody to talk to if anyone is interested helping me out. thanks a bunch

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      Christine B. 7 years ago from Medina, Ohio

      Lisa, I'd like to talk to you more. Can you please email me at I'd like to put some of your experiences in my monthly newsletter, Paranormal Musings.


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      LisaDelamare 7 years ago

      I have the gift of Precognition/ Prophesy at times is very hard because people do not believe you until your predictions come to pass, I also hear voices when something real bad is about to happen, I have seen archeological discoveries before they are discovered, accidents, earthquakes, airplain crashes, so on and so forth, sometimes I get scared by these visions, but at the same time I am grateful I have been given this gift!

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      Christine B. 8 years ago from Medina, Ohio

      If you would like to added to my monthly Paranormal Musings Newsletter mailing list, send me your email address to The newsletters are at least 12 pages of interesting unexplained reports and information every month... and it's FREE. And check out my FACEBOOK page at I have quite a few VERY interesting friends. :o)

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      Elisa 8 years ago

      This is very interesting. I think I have a little telekinesis ability and I have been drawn since I discovered it. Thank you for your webpage.

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      Christine B. 8 years ago from Medina, Ohio

      You're welcome... it is a gift, God blesses us with it, and it is also a product of our growth through many lives... the more we live, the more we see. You must be an old soul too! Welcome! Visit my web site at Lots more information to be found there.

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      Julianna 8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      I deal with Clairvoyeance and Prophesy as many of my closest friends and family have experienced this gift that God has given me. I do not however get paid for it nor would I wish to. It frightened me at first, but now I have come to accept this special gift, thank you for breaking all of them down and clarifying. :)