Can children pick up another’s thoughts, know about events happening far away or even be able to know what might happen in the future?
Could the current wave of movies, such as “The Sixth Sense” or TV shows such as “Crossing Over” be influencing children? Research in parapsychology, the study of such phenomena, has come up with some answers.
What is Psychic Ability?
A psychic is said to have a sixth sense that goes beyond touch, smell, hearing, taste and sight. Someone with psychic abilities might, for example, know when a person is going to stop by before they do. These mysterious abilities have even been attributed to children.
Understanding Types of Psychic Experience
According to Athena A Drewes, Psy.D. and Sally Feather, PhD, “there are several categories of psychic experiences: telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition and psychokinesis.” A person with telepathic abilities is capable of knowing what another person is thinking.
Clairvoyance is an awareness of places, objects and events. Precognition is the ability to randomly predict events that are going to happen. Psychokinesis is the mental ability to alter the physical state of an object.
Children and Psychic Abilities
A number of cases of apparent psychic ability involve children. According to Drewes and Feather, “Perhaps children are more open-minded about such experiences and do not yet accept as impossible what our society deems to be so, not accepting skepticism.” The naiveté and innocence of children may help them tap into their psychic ability without fear or question.
Study of Psychic Children
A study of psychic abilities in children done by Dr. Drewes showed that among 157 children who had psychic experiences, 77 percent of them displayed precognitive abilities. The children tested, both males and females, ranged from 10 to 18 years old. Female children seemed to have a higher success (65 percent) of psychic abilities than male children did (35 percent). Children also proved that they were startlingly accurate in predicting actions or events involving close friends instead of family members.
Article credited in part to: Psychic Ability in Children, at eHow.com
For more information on studies by Athena A Drewes, Psy.D. and Sally Feather, PhD, see: Could Your Child be Psychic? at the Rhine Research Center