The realm of extrasensory perception (ESP) has fascinated many people for a long time. Frederic Myers invented the term “ESP,” a practice that was started sometime during the 1930s. Now it has expanded into various branches that explore the telepathic abilities of a person’s mind. These branches include clairvoyance, mediumship, and psychokinetics.
A Clairvoyant, psychic, and medium are three different individuals who are commonly confused with one another. Clairvoyants are people who are able to “see” people, places, and things in their mind. Mediums are those who can talk to the spirit of a dead person, and psychics can “read” a person and are able to form mental connections with the one they are talking to. This article differentiates these three individuals who claim to have a good grasp of their ESP abilities.
The Clairvoyant, who is known for his/her ability to get visions of things, places, and people whom he/she has never seen before, may be categorized as an expert in clairaudience (hear), clairgustance (taste), clairalience (smell), clairsentience (touch), and claircognizance (know). These branches are based on the certain sensory experience that the clairvoyant uses to “see” specific images. Contrary to popular belief, clairvoyants are unable to predict or “see” the future. Clairvoyants were even used by the U.S. military as a way of gathering information during the Cold War.
A psychic can use his/her mind to form a strong mental link to a person and are even believed to manipulate one’s mind. Aside from giving individuals information about their past, present, and future, psychics have also been used in police investigations. These psychic “detectives” give police officers clues to the identity of the murderer in a certain case or even the location of a missing person.
Finally, mediums are those who conduct séances and give grieving people the chance to talk to the spirits of their deceased loved ones. The practices of mediumship and spiritualism go back to early times, and the latter even became very popular during the 19th century. Some mediums even have the power to channel the dead person’s spirit, where the latter is able to possess the medium’s body.
It is not surprising to learn that these individuals have been met with criticisms. More often than not, those who claim to be mediums, psychics, and clairvoyants are all dubbed as frauds and scammers. In fact, there have been several mediums during the 19th century who were proven to have used stage magicians to achieve the effect of bringing a spirit from the realm of the dead. Still, it is highly possible that there are individuals out there who really have ESP.
Hollywood has certainly picked up on these interesting attributes of the Clairvoyant, the psychic, and the medium. There have been many movies that deal with these individuals, including “The Sixth Sense” (a young medium), “The Gift” (a female psychic), and “Stir of Echoes” (a male clairvoyant). These movies have earned well in the box office, which indicates that despite the doubts and criticism that surround these practices, there are many who are still intrigued by the supposed abilities clairvoyants, psychics, and mediums claim to have.