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How to Know If You're Psychic

Updated on March 19, 2018
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Kitty has been following an alternative spiritual path for seventeen years. She encourages others to follow their souls' calling.

If you're psychic, you will have clairaudience, clairsentience, or clairvoyance.
If you're psychic, you will have clairaudience, clairsentience, or clairvoyance. | Source

Ever Thought You Might Be Psychic?

We spend a majority of our lives trying to find the "meaning to life" or the purpose behind living. Some of us find it, some of us don't. Then there are those who believe they know more than the meaning of life - they know of other realms and can help others become aware of those realms. These are people we call psychics and mediums.

So what does the word psychic really mean? gives us four definitions, but the particular definition we are looking for is someone who is:

sensitive to influences or forces of a nonphysical or supernatural nature.

Have you ever felt maybe you could be psychic? Maybe you clicked on this article thinking you would find the answer to the question that's plaguing your mind. Maybe you know things before they happen. Maybe you can read peoples' thoughts or know what they're going to do before they do it. Maybe you hear spirits or see ghosts. Maybe when you walk into a house, you can feel energies that others can't. Do these things make you psychic? Find out here.

Different Forms of ESP

First of all, if you're wondering whether you could be psychic, don't feel as if you are the only one out there experiencing these strange and somewhat disturbing thoughts. There are many people in the world today that have abilities or sensitivities to different energies or what some call other "realms" of existence. What we call "psychic" today is something that has been around since the very beginning of man. Even if you search the Bible for references to people who have abilities to see the future or know what others are thinking or even speak to the dead, you will find MANY references on these subjects.

So what types of ESP are there? There seem to be so many different forms of ESP, so let's clarify which way is up and which way is down in the world of psychic abilities. Because there is so many different types, let it be known that I'm sticking to the main types here.

  • Astrology - Being able to know the patterns of planets and astrological signs to determine future events.
  • Aura Reading - Being able to read someone's energy field or aura in order to predict future events or to determine health issues, etc.
  • Channeling - When a higher intelligence is taken into one's body and speaks through the channeler.
  • Clairvoyance - Someone who can "see clearly". Someone who can see the future or see another spiritual realm. This might be a vision in real-life or in dreams or flashes of images in the person's mind.
  • Clairaudience - Someone who can "hear clearly". Someone who can hear words from the spiritual realm or hear thoughts.
  • Clairsentience - Someone who can "sense clearly". Someone who reads environments or people to determine present problems or future events or even if there is ghostly activity.
  • Empathy - Someone who can literally feel the pain or emotions of another person. This is much different than sympathy, because the empath will literally feel physical pain or mental anguish...just as the original person is feeling.
  • Lucid Dreaming - The ability to wake up (be conscious) inside of a dream and experience an alternate reality.
  • Medium - A medium is someone who can give messages from another realm to people in this; reality. Usually a medium gives a message from a dead loved one to someone who's still living.
  • Telepathy - An ability to communicate thoughts over a long distance to someone else.

And there are many, many more forms of ESP, but this is a list of just the major ones. Keep in mind too many psychics are able to scry or read tarot cards, gaze into crystal balls, and read tea leaves to gain knowledge into past, present, or future events.

Some people have the ability to see, hear, or sense ghosts from a young age.
Some people have the ability to see, hear, or sense ghosts from a young age. | Source

Signs You Could Be Psychic

There are many different signs and symptoms (if you want to call them symptoms) that may indicate you have psychic abilities.

The signs that you could be psychic or have the ability to develop your psychic abilities could be any or all of the following:

  • you've seen ghosts or felt the presence of ghosts in multiple environments
  • you've felt energy changes in particular environments or around particular people
  • you've seen a field of energy or light surrounding someone
  • you've had dreams of future events that have come true
  • you've had dreams in which you are fully conscious and project to other worlds/realms
  • you've heard random voices or sounds (such as another person's thoughts) but disregarded them as your own silly thoughts or imagination
  • you can't handle large crowds because the sense of others' emotions is too strong
  • you tend to freak out and have to leave if someone in the same room as you is having a fight with another or are very angry or sorrowful
  • you can't handle funerals, the emotions are just too crippling
  • worrying about other people will sometimes make you physically sick
  • you've experienced a dream in which you were "out of your body" (what we call astral projection)

If you feel that you could have psychic abilities, my advice is to read up about the different types of ESP. Try to learn as much as you can on the subject. Also - try meditating and working on lucid dreaming.

In my honest opinion, I don't think being psychic is extraordinary, because every single human being on this planet has these abilities in them. The problem is that most people don't believe in them or reject them as being "evil" and therefore lose these abilities.

If you feel as though you are the type of psychic that could do readings, then try out different types of divinatory tools: tarot cards, crystal balls, runes, tea leaves, clouds, mirrors, etc. You can't just discover that you're psychic and start giving people advice or messages from the other side. It is an ability that you will have to practice and develop. It's a journey in which you will learn about yourself and the world around you.

Good luck on your journey into learning the spiritual realm, and stay safe!

If you see auras or streaks of light and energy, you may be clairvoyant.
If you see auras or streaks of light and energy, you may be clairvoyant. | Source

© 2011 Nicole Canfield


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    Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

    Sure, as long as you can give me reference in your bibliography.

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    JP 5 years ago

    Can I use the info from your website in my book. My email is

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    MistyW 5 years ago

    Very good information on psychic ability. I myself am a practicing psychic and you'v hit on many points I would agree with. Psychic ability has been around for a long time, and it's time that more people begin to follow it, develop it, and use it. The world will continue to develop and change but psychic ability will always be there, be present.

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    Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

    You might be surprised. It's about faith and trust in the universe. If the universe has a message for the "sitter" as you like to call them, then it will come through...doesn't matter if I know them or anything about them for that matter. I understand the skepticism, and if you don't like may go elsewhere. Thanks for your comments, though. Comments are always appreciated. Many blessings.

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    Sleepylog 5 years ago from Australia

    I wonder how accurate your readings are. Why don't we ever hear of psychics using their abilities or intuition to win the lottery? Because it's impossible. Instead their use their ability to cold-read to give vague, ambiguous answers to people's questions.

    If you couldn't see or hear your sitter and didn't know anything about them, would your psychic intuition still serve you as well?

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    Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

    Okay, thank you for your opinion. I would agree with you on many levels, though I believe that intuition is the same as psychism...and that everyone has the ability. The way people claim to be psychic and have these "extra powers" is wrong, and to take advantage of people's vulnerability is wrong...however, to use your talents and gifts to make money in my opinion is just, as long as you're not scamming someone. I do tarot and oracle readings online, and I do not prey on anyone's vulnerability...I just give an honest, intuitive reading and charge a minimal does that make me a scam for using my intuition?

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    Sleepylog 5 years ago from Australia

    Intuition is very often mistaken for psychic ability. I used to work with some so-called psychics and let me tell you that anyone who claims to be psychic, isn't. They are usually just out to make money. Intuition on the other hand is very real and most people develop strong intuition through life experiences and they use that to their advantage and they do it very well, this makes them appear to be psychic but really they're not. They're just very good at cold reading, fishing for information and making educated guesses by looking at someone and talking to them for just a few minutes.

    Most sitters are so convinced of the reader's ability that they don't even realise they're feeding them all the information they need.

    The Australian Sceptics Association has been offering a large cash prize to any psychics who can pass their test. Not one psychic has even come forward to take the test. I wonder why.

    Psychic readings are a waste of money and time.

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    carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

    Along with being interesting I learned some new terms. Very interested in that extra sense. My mother came back many years ago and moved pictures around and did all kinds of harmless mischief... I woke up the other morning and saw my sister in front of me...(she died a few years ago). I often have quick moments of things that come true later. We just don't trust this extra sense..and lots of people really don't believe..I do..Voted up and a great hub.

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    Rich 5 years ago from Kentucky

    You speak of topics I have expressed wonder of for many years. Much of what you discussed has been experienced in my life at one time or another, but always cast aside. I also experimented with the beginning stages of magic (lie back w/eyes closed/envision a glowing orb at your feet/bring it up your body... that type of thing). There are times I feel I've opened some doors that would've better been left closed. Enlightening hub and extremely well presented!

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    prakriti nautiyal 5 years ago from india

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    Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

    prakriti - I truly believe that sometimes sensitivity and even insanity get mixed up with psychic gifts and intuition too often. It sounds like you do have a finely tuned intuition and are sensitive to the things around you, which is wonderful. I have experienced some of these things as well including clairvoyance, clairsentience, and aura reading. Thanks for stopping by.

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    prakriti nautiyal 5 years ago from india

    i have experienced the following

    Aura Reading





    and because of all these my mom thinks i am too sensitive. she does not get it that these are some special gifts from god and i am really grateful.

    thank you for clearing my doubts.

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    Suzanne Sheffield 5 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

    I like the new profile photo Kitty. Well, you already know I'm psychic, ha! Thumbs up! I'm linking this hub to my hub about being psychic.

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    Sparklea 6 years ago from Upstate New York

    kittythedreamer: THANK YOU for a very informative hub! I'm seeing a psychic this a gift certificate from a friend to have her read me. Seen her before and she is excellent. VERY interested in psychics, mediums, ghosts, especially God and the Holy Spirit. There is definitely something out there, no doubt in my mind. I find that people I know extremely well, like my sister or a co-worker, I can actually tell what they are thinking or how they will react to news they have not received. But I think everyone can do that with people they know well. Thank you for the information. Voted up! Sincerely, Sparklea :)

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    Er. Sumit Machra 6 years ago

    I have some of the ability mentioned above and working on it and thanks for the information.

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    Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from the Ether

    ananceleste - I'm so sorry to hear that you've had such trouble with your abilities. That really saddens me to know that you consider it something to dismiss and not cultivate. But...if it's that intense, I could understand. Mine isn't so intense and usually comes in waves...if that makes any sense. If it is indeed the ability to sense spirits or read/energy, I don't think any meds would "fix" it. My suggestion is to try to be thankful for it, if at all possible...if not, I guess blocking it out is the way to go. Thanks for sharing and blessings to you, my dear.

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    Anan Celeste 6 years ago from California

    Very nice written kittythedreamer, To tell you the truth, being a sensitive it's not that good at all. As long as I can remmber this has been a thorn in my side. I have met dozens of people that would give anything to see, hear of feel anything.Ever since I can remember this "gift" has crippled my relationships and life. To the point that while many people spend years to be more aware, I have been blocking it off. I have been used for things because of this. Sometimes without my consent.I can't remember one instance that I consider this a positive thing. Sometimes I wish that I was crazy , so that I could fix it with meds of therapy.Actually I come from 4 generations of " sensitives" and only my father and I have forsaken to cultivate "the Gift". To us at times have been a curse. I wish that I could have learned to control this at an early age, so I could say it is worth it. As I read your article tenths of flashbacks went right trough me.I voted you up, and rated it as very useful Because I think that there are many people out there that are struggling with this. Thumbs up my dear!

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    Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from the Ether

    terry27 - Thanks so much! I'd like to think that I'm sensitive to others' emotions, but that's something that I need to work on a little more. I've always been more sensitive within my dreams, and also to spirits. Thanks for sharing!

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    Terry Fatland 6 years ago from Southern California

    Great post Kittythedreamer. I agree that we are all psychic. A great many are unaware of our multidimensional abilities. Personally, I am very sensitive to other people's emotions. I even had a college professor tell me that I had a "sensitivity to the literature."

    Thanks for sharing this with us. I enjoyed it.

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    Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from the Ether

    peepingtomb - sounds like you both are very in tune with the spiritual world. Thanks for sharing!

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    peepingtomb 6 years ago

    Well written and informative. My sister is very much in tune with the spirit world and often communicates with passed friends and family members. I am in tune with the spirits connected to our house and am very considerate of them but have had little contact. I feel that I have a high level of intuition to those around me but that is about as far as I've taken it. Great work.

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    Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from the Ether

    TKs View - Very good points, my friend. And you're right. Technology and what we call "intelligent thinking" does tend to overshadow and cloud our minds from our original abilities to sense others' needs. I sure hope there is a major reawakening taking place! I think the world could use it, and it would really help many to heal in ways. Thanks for reading!

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    TKs view 6 years ago from The Middle Path

    Well articulated account of spiritual remembrance. I would like to comment regarding your reply to Paradise7. I too believe all humans are hard wired to be sensitive to the needs of others. We are, essentially, herd animals on the basic levels. For a herd to survive, it must function as a single entity. Schools of fish, migrating geese, or wild horses are good examples of individuals moving in a collective consciousness. Through our advancement of technology, our mental knowledge has overshadowed the more subtle senses such as what you've listed above. However, there is a major re-awakening from our being distracted by shiny things taking place and hubs like this one aid greatly in that cause.

    Thanks for sharing this information.

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    ACapp 6 years ago from New Jersey

    Kitty, yes I am sensitive to other realms. I don't see things, but I can sense things and sometimes see things in my mind's eye. I also realized I have the ability to do automatic writing where it's things coming directly from my Higher Self, that's what I believe anyway lol. Much of my writing about Spirituality on here has been things that have just flowed from within with little thinking on my part.

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    Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from the Ether

    WoodlandFae - Thanks, sweetie!

    Lady_E - Thanks for reading & bookmarking. :) Happy Holidays to you, too.

    Eddy - You're so sweet. Thanks for your support, as always.

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    Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

    What an amazing hub kitty.

    Here's to so many more to share on here.

    Take care and enjoy the rest of your day.


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    Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

    Wow... this is very useful. If I were to write a comment it would be too long but thanks so much for writings this Hub.

    Definitely one to bookmark.

    Happy Xmas. :)

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    WoodlandFae 6 years ago from Queen Creek, AZ

    Wonderful hub :-) voted up

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    Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from the Ether

    Paradise - That's a REALLY good theory on psychic abilities. But I think what you're referring to is called intuition. Although, I believe that intuition is the preliminary to more in-depth psychic abilities. Again, we all have these within's just about being open to it. Thanks for reading!

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    Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

    I think that psychic abilities are very old. I know people who sense danger ahead of time or feel uneasy for no real reason, then it turns out their feelings are validated later on.

    I think this ability, or these abilities, go way back to when we all lived in the forrest, so to speak, and needed the extra-sensory awareness to survive.

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    Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from the Ether

    Cresentmoon2007 - Yes, I've come to realize in the past year that I am indeed what they call "clairvoyant" as well as "clairsentient". I've seen auras, ghosts, and other symbols and I also sense energies and presences. I think I tried ignoring it for a long time, as much of it was a bit frightening...but now that I know how to use it and be grateful for it, I love it and wouldn't change it for the world. Thanks, Cresentmoon2007 and you probably are psychic. :)

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    Cresentmoon2007 6 years ago from Caledonia, MI

    Very interesting hub... I might be somewhat psychic. My step dad thinks I may be. And this just explains quite a bit of things. Thank you Voted up.

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    Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from the Ether

    ACapp - Very true, and I agree with you 100%! Are you sensitive to the spiritual realm or world?

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    ACapp 6 years ago from New Jersey

    I believe we all have psychic abilities to varying degrees. It's just a matter of opening up to it and exercising those particular muscles so to speak. Just like anything, some people may have more of a natural talent and naturally be more open to it, but I believe we all are born with these capacities.

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    Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from the Ether

    cherylone - Awesome! Yes, I believe that my mother and grandmother both have abilities (though my grandmother likes to ignore it as she is a Christian and believes that much could be evil or perceived as evil by Christians).

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    Cheryl Simonds 6 years ago from Connecticut

    I have been studying ESP and other like abilities for some time now. I have family members who dream things that come true and others who can sense ghostly beings. I truly believe that we all have the ability. My journey is still in it's infancy, but I'm crawling towards walking. thanks for sharing.