Dear Abby, I’m a Psychic!

When I get emails from crazy people, I delete them.

When Dear Abby gets them, she reinforces their lunacy.

Like yesterday, when someone wrote in to talk about her psychic powers:

DEAR ABBY: I will graduate from college in June and be a social worker. I am psychic, although I dislike that word because it conjures up visions of crystal balls, quacks and scams. For legitimate psychic individuals, it can be overwhelming to live this way.

I first noticed my ability when I was young, but I repressed it because my folks thought I was imagining things. It began to resurge in college. This school is haunted, so I have become used to daily interactions with ghosts — often in the dead of night. I also notice that during client counseling sessions images will pop into my head. I once gave a classmate the “willies” by perfectly describing the garden in her backyard having never laid eyes on it. My adviser says I must never tell my clients the things I “see” in them because it will frighten them.

It’s hard to separate my own thoughts and emotions from those of spirits around me. I’m concerned about my psychic ability in relation to my clients. If I pick up on abuse in the mind of a child, for example, am I obligated to report it?

Being psychic is as natural to me as my having blue eyes. It will never go away. I must now find the means to manage it. I don’t want a career as a medium. I’m dedicated to the profession I have chosen. Can you offer me advice? — GIFTED IN NEW YORK

“Legitimate psychic individuals”? There’s an oxymoron for you…

He's a psychic because TLC said so.

And if you think children are being abused, here’s a thought: Ask them about it!

So the proper response would be to let her down gently. There’s no such thing as psychic powers. You’re counting the hits and ignoring the misses. Etc.

In fact, Abby starts out well enough, bypassing the bluntness and suggesting that the writer get concrete evidence for her thoughts:

DEAR GIFTED: Instead of using your visions to form judgments about your clients, use them to guide you during interviews. If you do, you will then be better equipped to provide concrete proof of the need for an intervention than revealing you “saw” something that others can’t see or wasn’t disclosed to you.

Then Abby gets weird:

Many people have psychic abilities to a greater or lesser degree than you do, and those “vibes” can be invaluable. It is possible that your gift will give you insight into the individuals you will serve. I wish you success.

Ugh… there’s Abby’s mistake. She’s confusing “gut feelings” with psychic powers. In the process, she’s just feeding the letter writer’s ignorance and making the situation worse.

People do not have varying degrees of psychic abilities. They have only one degree: None. Anyone who believes otherwise is delusional.

(Thanks to James for the link)

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  • https://agoldstardad.wordpress.com/ Fozzy

    WTF! If that dingbat is a psychic.. he should know that people thing his moonbat helmet is on too tight..

  • Emb5567

    Gut feelings, being able to read people is just a form of analysis.  Its a precursor to statistically figuring out a cause.  Social cues, body language, a simple flip of the hair can tell you things.  I do all of these things.  I am female and the female culture has allowed us to have more social time with others.  Which gives us more time to do all things I listed.  I do think I have a good gut feeling and I do get things that my husband will never get lol, but its not cause I am psychic! The way people process things and how quickly we do, is yet another way we can label this.  We often say that women can multitask, or that men or more singularly processed beings.  Its not necessarily so, its all about the chemical make up of how we process things, and that is hormones based.  I see the crossed legs, and arms, and shadowed look on someone and I know they are hiding something.  The next person might just think she is cold lol!

  • T-Rex

    How many lotteries has this kook won lately? And why is she writing for advice from Dear Abbey when she should already know how Abbey will respond? Hmmmm, I wonder if maybe she’s just psychotic instead of psychic?

    • Curtst

      Silly T-Rex, it just doesn’t work that way. haha

  • http://twitter.com/luciferadi Adi Rule

    Dear Abby: I’m a werewolf. It makes my life super hard. My adviser says not to tell anyone, but sometimes I just get so depressed about deer overpopulation, I want to help by slaughtering a few dozen with my freakishly strong man-wolf jaws. What should I do?
    Dear Howl Do I Cope: Many people are werewolves to a greater or lesser degree. I suggest joining a local conservation group.

    • Anonymous

      If somebody legitimately is a werewolf, then I’ll have to re-evaluate a few beliefs.  And stock up on silver bullets.

    • Spanish Inquisitor

      Dear Howl Do I Cope:

      Join the Republican party. You’ll fit right in.

      • rhodent

         Not so…the letter Howl wrote wrote indicates a concern for the environment, which is instant disqualification from the Republican party.

    • Anonymous

      Dear Howl:

      In the first place, you’ve drawn the lowest prize in the supernatural lottery.  Vampires get all the girls (and boys), while werewolves (excepting Michael J. Fox) just get dandruff issues …

  • Gunstargreen

    I was hoping this would end up here. I couldn’t believe what I was reading.

  • Justin Miyundees

    I knew this article was coming.  

    • Skjaere

      You must be psychic, too!

  • Laura

    More importantly, this person needs to be referred to a mental health facility. “It’s hard to separate my own thoughts and emotions from those of spirits around me.” WARNING SIGN.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, I thought something similar when I  initially read the article.  I have personal struggles with mental illness and also direct experience with loved ones who have different mental illnesses than I.  This person’s statements send up a big red flag that they are in need of some sort of medical or therapeutic attention.  The documentary “God On The Brain,” about damage to the temporal lobe causing religious visions, sprang to mind immediately.  There are also a lot of reports of people with schizophrenia or extreme bipolar disorder seeing or communicating with gods and demons.  All this sounds very similar to the “psychic” who penned the letter.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=553145445 Gordon Duffy

    ‎”I suspect that the reason
    people prefer to think of these people as mere harmless quacks or
    genuinely having a special ‘gift’ is that the alternative is a lie so
    ugly and exploitative that it’s too unpleasant to think about.” – Derren
    Brown

  • Anonymous-Sam

    Heh, I do believe in psychic twinkles. The difference between my crazy beliefs and others is that I believe everyone has that twinkle, since we’re all just an assortment of flesh and energy, both of which interacting with the environment around us. It’s less powahs of teh MINED and more “sensitivity to certain types of energy, especially high concentrations of, and those originating from another human being.” The same oft-spoken of sensitivity to being stared at from behind is an example of the body’s natural awareness of the proximity of others, as well as the mild, almost magnetic awareness of someone standing nearby (whether it makes you uncomfortable or not – personal space bubbles vary drastically from one country to the next. I’ve known plenty of Japanese people who were more comfortable having several people standing nearby than having space, and it’s indispensable to speak in close proximity in some middle-eastern countries).

    Can a person ever be sensitive enough to actively read someone else’s mind, or *spooky fingers* READ THEIR AURA? I personally doubt it (and I don’t believe there’s ever such a thing as a visible manifestation of personal energies, although I do think said energies would register on an instrument), but I think there’s enough Borg Collective among us that people who spend a lot of time around each other start to become aligned enough to have an unusually high occurrence rate of coinciding thoughts. Since people rarely think about exceptionally interesting things while going about their day to day life, these just have a tendency to be mundane. “Hey, you want to go to Burger King instead of McDonald’s today?” “I was just thinking how a Whopper sounds great.” The most common uses of such sensitivity blend together with social skills to form the backbone of nonverbal communication. Less mysticism, more Jung.

    I wouldn’t have encouraged this person the way Abby did, but I would have had to say that if they are getting a bad vibe surrounding someone, pay attention to them. Who knows? One person’s attentiveness could save that child’s life, or drastically improve it. At the very least, a little personal attention can brighten up somebody’s day, and that’s a worthy goal in itself. If in the process of brightening that someone’s day, they let on that Daddy pushed them down the stairs again, then suddenly you have legally admissible evidence to report to Child Protective Services.

    The important thing is to be skeptical. I’m aware my beliefs are difficult if not impossible to quantify, and therefore I could very well be wrong about them. If you believe beyond a shadow of a doubt that a child is being abused because your MINED POWAHS divined that fact out of the blue, then… so what? You can’t legally act on a hunch, no matter how strong it is. You need real evidence first. And if all your not-so-delicate probing reveals nothing and you remain unshaken in your conviction, then perhaps you’re just expressing paranoia by proxy and need to reconsider your lurasidone dosage. :p

    • http://yetanotheratheist.com/ TerranRich

      Sorry, but if being skeptical was actually important to you, I doubt you’d hold the beliefs you currently do. There is no reason to believe in some mystical “energy” (a word that, by the way, doesn’t mean what you think it means) that we can “read” or “intercept” or “detect”. In fact, social cues and body language are the most likely culprit. Hell, even pheromones may very well play a role in what you interpret as sensitivity to “certain types of energy”. But it certainly isn’t some mystical unseen force with the all-purpose “energy” label slapped onto it.

      • Anonymous-Sam

        Oh, believe me, I’m very conscious of the fact that I use “energy” in the generic form for an unquantified something which may or may not exist. That’s why I call bullshit on anyone who believes they have the power to, say, psychically dowse for a murder victim’s body by holding an article of the victim’s clothing in their hands as they sweep through a forest. My argument is that what people call psychic powers is really nothing more than a part of us that’s so natural that we’ve never properly explored it. Since science has yet to advance to a stage of being capable of fully analyzing how thoughts work (not psychology, but the actual mechanisms by which we make decisions, recall information, etc), all we have are subjective experiences with correlating neural activity and causal hypotheses to measure our senses.

        That’s why I’m equally skeptical that such a thing doesn’t exist, because as of this point, we can’t truly rule it out. Prove charlatans are faking it, certainly, but what about the lay person who isn’t claiming to speak mind-to-mind with the dead, or the dead’s pets, or dead pets? If the person who wrote in to Abby had phrased themselves, “I have this unshakable feeling that this child is being abused, even though s/he has never said anything to me about it,” the worst the reader would do is inquire why this person has that feeling. We understand gut feelings and hunches, even though there’s no scientific way of quantifying the unconscious, which is why we don’t consider (most) psychologists to be frauds.

        I think the problem is one of language. We don’t have the words or capacity to explain certain things without coming across as a lunatic, even when it’s an experience many of us share (which for some reason makes me want to take a poll on how many people have dreams about their teeth falling out). The bullshit factor is when it’s an experience that we don’t share, like pre- or post-cognition. It could be innovation or a mutation allowing the brain to function in some new way, but it’s much more likely to be a crackpot who wants money and recognition.

        • http://yetanotheratheist.com/ TerranRich

          See, I tend to think of “psychic powers” as simply the ability to cold read, to use our natural intuition and knowledge of people and certain personality types, and to understand body language and certain physical cues and signals. There’s also quite a bit of selective bias in the targets of psychic readings, as they tend to ignore the misses and focus solely on the hits.

        • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com/ Anonymous

           Ugh, the teeth-falling-out dream.

          Been there, done that, seems to symbolize a fear of losing power, of losing one’s “teeth”, so to speak. The mind can be an interesting thing.

        • Anonymous

          [quote]That’s why I’m equally skeptical that such a thing doesn’t exist, because as of this point, we can’t truly rule it out. 
          [quote]

          That sentence is why real skeptics wont believe you, since it means you have zero evidence and still insist on not only believing it your self but that others should believe you.

          • http://profiles.google.com/statueofmike Michael S

            He’s not saying others should believe him. He’s saying that he uses it as a way to make certain decisions. What he’s telling you to believe is that he is conscious of it and actively trying to compensate.

    • dauntless

      So what you’re saying is you’re more likely to believe the subtle, vague, and difficult to discredit charlatans like Deepak Chopra than the outright obvious fakes who are caught on tape bending spoons under tables like Uri Geller. Your quantum flux requires an energy realignment, Anon. I could tell from the readings on my neutrino tube series.

      • Anonymous-Sam

        Heh, no, I wouldn’t believe Deepak Chopra either. Anyone who’s going out of their way to seem unusual is more likely in it for the infamy and swindled cash. Likewise anyone who wants to poke you with a few pins to realign your chakras for a healthier, wealthier you has probably spent too much time sniffing the lavender incense. But I do think a part of what we term the unconscious mind registers cues from the environment and filter it up to the conscious in the form of little bits of data we take for granted and we would be wrong to outright dismiss it because the only experience we can liken it to is too strongly associated with charlatans. Be skeptical of it, sure, but always be willing to be proven wrong.

        • HA2

           “But I do think a part of what we term the unconscious mind registers
          cues from the environment and filter it up to the conscious in the form
          of little bits of data we take for granted and we would be wrong to
          outright dismiss it”

          Yes, that’s quite reasonable. There is a lot of observation and thought that goes on below the conscious level.

          That’s not what people mean by ‘psychic’, though. And it has nothing to do with ‘energy emanating from people’, both of which don’t exist/don’t work.

        • http://profiles.google.com/statueofmike Michael S

          I agree with HA2 here. I think your use of the word “energy” rather than “information” is the cause of most of the dissonance here.

    • http://www.holytape.etsy.com Holytape

       The difference between your crazy beliefs and other peoples crazy beliefs is wording.   The key point in that it is all supernatural mumbo-jumbo bullshit.  Everything else is trivial details. 

    • Isilzha

       Plenty of “psychic” people have been given opportunities to really test those “gifts”.  So far there has never been any evidence that these abilities exist on any level.  In fact, if you can prove you’re psychic there’s a million dollar prize waiting for you.

      What you see as “coinsiding thoughts” are merely coincidences that your bias for those events makes you recognize.  It’s the same phenomenon that happens when you’re thinking about someone and then they call you.  You never make note of all the times that you’re not thinking of them and they call or when you’re thinking of them and someone else calls.  Even more important, you’ve never suddenly known who was calling if it was a stranger who’s name you don’t know.  If psychic abilities exist, you and others would be able to even name a stranger before you pick up the phone.

      Your McDee’s over Burger King example is even more ludicrous.  You really have few fast food choices and even fewer that you have a history of patronizing with your friends.  Also, are you also recognizing ALL the times you wanted to eat at McDee’s and your friend wanted BK (or vice versa)? 

      Before you go around “attentively” trying to root out child abuse you must first educate yourself on how therapists can implant FALSE memories in their clients.  This is usually done by the therapist asking leading questions, just the kind you’d tend to ask if you think you “see” something with your fake psychic abilities.  People have done immense harm to children and families doing this.

    • http://profiles.google.com/statueofmike Michael S

       This is a nice first draft, but if you want it to stick you’ll have to throw some vampires or werewolves in there somewhere.

  • Sue Blue

    That Gary Spivey fellow is just an icon of credibility  - can’t you tell?  The buggy eyes, the….hair, his appearance on the TLC channel – all of it just screams “I’m the real thing!  I’ve been off my meds for years now, and my mind is free!  Free!  Free, I tell you!  Why, just last night it fell out of my head when I bent over, along with my fluffy wig….”

    Jesus H. Jumped-Up Johnnycake Christ, how do these people make a living?  It’s just a fucking tragedy that there are enough gullible droolers out there to enable people like this (and Dear Abby, too!) to make a profit.  

  • MyScienceCanBeatUpYourGod

    Many people have delusions about having psychic powers to a greater or lesser degree than you do…

  • http://www.facebook.com/cburschka Christoph Burschka

    psychic, although I dislike that word because it conjures up visions of … scams

    You don’t say.

    • Isilzha

      Not to mention that it’s very easy for someone, especially a therapist, to implant false memories in someone else.  People were arrested and sent to prison for occult child abuse mostly based on false recovered memories given to children by therapists and law enforcement.  There was a famous case of it in Bakersfield, CA back in the 80s.

      • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com/ Anonymous

        That’s why I let the “client” lead the reading.

  • guest101

    this might be a good place to post your questions for Dear Abby.

    http://www.facebook.com/?ref=tn_tnmn#!/pages/Dear-Abby/172454822818890

  • Anonymous

    This was not just silly, it was deeply irresponsible. The report of “having interactions with ghosts” (i.e hallucinating) and “cannot separate my own thoughts and emotions from those of spirits around me” rings all sorts of mental illness bells. This woman needs psychiatric help, not someone to tell her that her illness is some magical gift that she can rely on in her profession. What if she does “see” that a child is abused, and asks leading questions to that child to coax that admission out of him or her? Can you even imagine the pain visited upon parents who have their child taken away and are further tarred with the label “pedophile” because a social worker “saw a vision” of their child being abused?

    I’m sorry to say it, but hallucinations, particularly ones applied to clients, precludes this woman from continuing on in her profession, at least until she gets them under control. The last thing a vulnerable person needs is someone with a mental illness being in charge of their wellbeing.

    • Former

      just as bad she may not be able to help a genuine victim because her credability is so open to challenge. 

    • http://squeakysoapbox.com/ Rich Wilson

      Agree.  I think enabling the idea that this shit exists leads to already crazy people acting out, like this woman trying to rid her son of demons 
      http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/mum-cut-sons-throat-to-release-demons/story-e6frfku0-1226302852016 

    • Isilzha

       Or even worse, that the child come to believe that they were abused due to false memories implanted by some delusional “psychic”.

    • http://profiles.google.com/statueofmike Michael S

       “I have become used to daily interactions with ghosts — often in the dead of night.” Hallucinations aren’t automatically bad. Believing your dreams are real, though? Sure. Disqualify her for that.

  • Skjaere

     …WTF is that guy wearing on his head? There is no power on this earth that can convince me that is supposed to be his hair.

    Maybe Psychic Lady should have a chat with Mark Driscoll. After all, he gets porno-visions about child abuse from GOD!

    • Anonymous

      *That* was scary. I literally couldn’t watch the whole spiel.

  • WhatPaleBlueDot

    Um.  What exactly is this “profession”?  If she is allowing her imagination to get in the way of providing competent care in a clinical environment (as sounds like is the case), she needs to be retrained and possibly disciplined.

  • chicago dyke, evolved outlaw

    i know i’m going to get totally flamed here for this, but… i am psychic. i am a firm atheist and i don’t believe in woo. i have problems but i’m not technically “crazy.” but i can’t deny that i know, at times, when something is about to happen. generally, it’s simple stuff, like “feeling” my sister a few minutes before she calls (unexpectedly; her children keep her busy enough she calls at all hours of the day). or the knowledge that something is going to break, not work, whatever, right before it happens. stuff like this happens to me at least several times a week. the strongest psychic moment i have ever had probably saved my life.  i was driving home after work one night and needed to go to the store for some stuff for dinner. i was tired, so i went to a store i’d never been to before, rather than drive a few extra miles to my regular grocery. about 1/2 a mile before i pulled into the parking lot of this place, i got an intense, 3-d/color “vision” of the store. i saw a man with a gun, and a man behind the counter looking very scared. i have an active mind so i didn’t really dwell on it, thinking it was just random brain activity. i got out of the car, walked into the store, and saw the same man i had just “seen” behind the counter. he was pale and shaking, because literally 1 minute before i walked in, his store had been robbed. he hadn’t even called the cops yet. i had another equally strong experience that i don’t like talking about, but let’s just say i saw 2000 coming as well wrt Bush/Cheney. flame away.

    • http://profiles.google.com/conticreative Marco Conti

      My wife, who’s an “apatheist” also believes she has a direct line to her mother and sister.

      She is convinced that whenever they think of each other one of the two calls. I know for a fact that many, many times she has been thinking about either of them and no call was made. Yet, she remains convinced. 

      In reality, since she thinks of her family often (apparent also from our conversations), the odds she will be thinking about one or both of them at or before the time one of them calls, is quite good. Plus, those times when they call and she hadn’t been thinking about them it won;t register as much and so the myth continues.

    • Anonymous

       Although I am a firm atheist in regards to deities, I prefer to remain “agnostic skeptical” about topics such as psychics, Dust, ghosts, The Force, and other “spiritual” kinda things. There seems to be a few somewhat credible instances of psychics helping police find murder victims and the like….but for every one of those, there are a hundred other instances where psychics were unable to help. Anyway, clearly there is no sound scientific evidence for this kind of stuff, but I’m still curious enough about such things to remain agnostic rather than strictly non-believing. Perhaps it’s just the leftover remains of animal intuitiveness, or perhaps we’re just reaching the next stage in brain development. Who knows?

    • dauntless

      Look out folks, we’ve got a JREF million dollar prize winner here.

    • http://squeakysoapbox.com/ Rich Wilson

      The skeptic in me would ask to what degree your memory of your vision has changed based on the event that came later.  I’m sure your memory is clear, and uncannily prescient.  But I’m sure the skeptic in you knows how our minds can manipulate our own memories.

      What I would suggest (not that you’re asking for suggestions, but hey, it’s free!) is to record as many of these as possible.  If you think your sister is going to call, write it down.  And at the end of the week, see how many of your premonitions were correct.  And if possible, record things that you predict, but occur at some other time.  If your sister calling is something you get a feeling about, then write down all the times she calls.   Obviously you can’t write down every event you ‘should’ get a premonition about if there’s no particular reason to get a premonition about anything, but you get the idea.

    • Isilzha

      How many times have you thought about your sister and she HASN’T called?  How many times have you thought about your sister and someone ELSE called?  Further, this is your SISTER, a person who you likely frequently think about during the day AND someone who likely calls you more frequently than any other of the 7 billion humans in the world. 

      Before I go into a store at night I often think about the possibility of something bad happening, being attacked in the parking lot, the store being robbed.  Often I picture how that event could happen.  I’ve never had the coincidence of thinking that and an event happening.  If it did, then it would still not be proof of psychic ability, it would still be a coincidence.

      As for you thinking you saw the man behind the counter.  Please read up on eyewitness testimony and how memories are formed.  It’s very likely that in your eagerness to believe in your own psychic ability you replaced the generic man in your daydream/musings with the man you saw behind the counter.  Memory is a very fickle thing and it’s easy for us to remember something a certain way because we want it to have happened that way.

    • http://profiles.google.com/statueofmike Michael S

      I think you’re just opening yourself up to a big semantic argument. Not quite trolling or flame-bait. Just difficult to tell the difference from.

      I would say you aren’t describing a psychic, but a normal person with a normal emotional reaction to selective memory.

  • rocketdave

    I’d expect this sort of nonsense from a lady who repeatedly nurtures a belief in her readers that pennies are really messages from dead relatives.

  • http://www.holytape.etsy.com Holytape

    DEAR ABBY: Instead of using your syndicated columns to avoid forming judgments
    about your readers, use them to guide them to professional help. If you do, they will then be better equipped to face reality, and avoid complications that an undiagnosed mental illness causes. 

  • The Other Weirdo

    I think maybe TLC is sending everybody subliminal messages: “This guy is a moron. Don’t believe him or trust him. Look, he’s got a Chia Pet growing on his head. What sane individual would grow a Chia Pet on their head?”

    How do people think that looking like that on national television is even remotely appropriate for a supposedly sane adult? At Lady Gaga is putting on a show when she shows up.

  • Cutencrunchy

    The gut feeling or any other means of knowing what’s up with the other – is a huge road block to helping – more often then not once we think, feel or decide what’s wrong with client or other we then have an agenda and assert our agenda onto the client which interferes with the client doing the work that they should be doing – often they end up working with us to do the work that comes from our shadow or our own lives and issues.
    If  you see ghosts, spirits and believe in psychic garden seers then please cater your counseling or practice or whatever to those who share your belief’s – minimally be transparent with clients about issues that can dramatically influence your ability to sit with them.  

  • SteveS

    I’ll bet you dimes to donuts this woman is a late-blooming or “successful schizophrenic”. It won’t take much stress at all to push her over the edge into a full-blown psychotic break. All Abby has done is reinforce her thought disorder.

  • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com/ Anonymous

    Speaking as someone who has a knack for divination, even I’m laughing at this nutter!

    The truth is, most psychic readings — especially with the Tarot — are less “psychic” and more like, well, counseling sessions, digging into the client’s subconscious and working through their shit. An intuitive person might well be drawn to professions where they can utilize this talent.

    But, um… full-blown “psychic visions”? Those don’t happen. Ever.

    • http://squeakysoapbox.com/ Rich Wilson

      One of James Randi’s stories is about someone who taught himself palm reading as a way to pay for college.  Didn’t believe any of it, but read up so it would sound good.  He was so surprised by his clients’ reactions to his accuracy, that he realized there was really something to it.  So Randi told him to start reversing his readings.  If the lines told him the person was in a period of strife, tell them they were in a period of calm, etc.

      His clients continued to rave about how accurate he was.

      • http://www.facebook.com/Tracy.Bradley1 Tracy Bradley

        I worked for a couple of psychic lines/websites in my checkered past – that pretty much sums up my experience as well. The people calling generally go out of their way to confirm everything you say (except for one woman who was clearly stalking the object of her affection, and when I’d ‘read’ something that indicated she should move on she’d just tell me to shuffle my cards again, because that couldn’t be right… )

        Our most popular psychic (which was determined by his ‘hold times’, how long he could keep ppl on the phone and paying) didn’t believe in it at all. He was a very charismatic guy who read the paper the whole time and just chatted to callers, telling them pretty much what they wanted to hear. 

  • M G

    Why is Tom Arnold dressed up like a Q-Tip?

  • 2old4this

    Is Gary Spivey going to help President Skroob and Dark Helmet steal Planet Druidia’s supply of air?

  • Anonymous

    As soon as I saw the title for this I had a “vibe” Abby would say something stupid.
    … I MUST BE PSYCHIC TOO !!!!

  • Anonatheist

    Anyone here seen Spaceballs? You look at that Spivey guy’s hat and tell me he doesn’t look like an Asshole. 

  • FirstDance

    The photo of Gary Spivey reminds me of a Unitarian Universalist service I once attended. I witnessed a plethora of uber needy circus freaks. Four hundred pound women with full beards. Some man born with an extra set of balls. 

    I’ve never been so scared in all my life.

  • Anonymous

    I think we’ve all had times in our lives when we get “bad vibes” off of a person or place, ignore those bad vibes, then regret it.  I don’t think that means we’re “psychic,” but I wonder what, exactly, we pick up on a subconscious level about certain things.  

    And, of course, there’s the ol’ theory of confirmation bias.  You forget the numerous times that your “psychic powers” were wrong, and remember the one time you didn’t listen to them and got yourself in trouble.

  • http://twitter.com/Brimshack northierthanthou.com

     What’s interesting about this, is that it suggests something about her larger MO. Is she putting this much thought into all the other advice she doles out?

  • Christine Rojas

    I believe her 100% since I am the same way.  I am psychic and repressed it as a child.  It showed up strongest in grad school.  I’ve even seen people at their own funerals.  I make predictions about peoples lives and have even been overwhelmed with “knowing” my own future and suffer the frustration of having to let it play out while not knowing exactly how it will get from point A to point B.

    I know many people will not believe me or her and that’s okay.  Because we are telling the truth.  I say “we” because her story matches mine and if a person were to make it up it would have come out differently.

    If you want to learn more you can look at my website.  I’m not trying to get you to buy a reading, I already have a clientele, but it tells my story.  Everything I say in the bio is true, even the thing about Saint Martha. http://psychicharvardgrad.com/

    • http://www.facebook.com/Tracy.Bradley1 Tracy Bradley

      “I am a one of the best psychics in California.” Hoo boy.

      ” At the end of her prayer she asked Saint Martha for a sign to let her know if in fact her psychic abilities were real and would be a part of her life.  In the middle of the night Christine awoke to see Saint Martha standing in a green glow of light at the foot of her bed.”

      A good friend of mine who has had a ton of hypnogogic sleep experiences used to see a little troll-like creature when she “awoke” in the middle of the night. I used to get sleep paralysis – saw a “ghost” man once turn into a conehead, and then try to eat a pen. Totally thought I was awake. I wasn’t.

  • Fuckyou

     this is fucking stupid.
    no such thing as legit atheism for 1, since the very definition of atheism makes it in itself a fallacy. fucking asshole meme sucking claimers. you claim claim claim claim claim claim everything.
    im this, im this. fuck you bitch
    call yourself an atheist  ill fucking kill you faggot.

    2 theres no such thing as psychic FUCK YOU
    I SWEAR ILL FUCKING KILL YOU in the right situation


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