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Why Do Humans Feel Compelled to Contact Psychics?

Why Do Humans Feel Compelled to Contact Psychics?

The belief in psychics and mystics has been prevalent throughout human history. In some cultures, they’re regarded as the spiritual connections between the living and the dead. By others, they’re viewed as mere street magicians. And still, in some countries, they are held in the same regard as modern day scientists.

There has always been controversy surrounding enlightened people

Is there a reason some of us are drawn to it while others fear it?

Actually, there is.

Surprisingly enough, most of them happen to be women. In fact, it is estimated that women seek guidance from mystics fifty times more often than men. This suggests that there may be emotional factors involved in doing so.

If this is true, then it is also likely that a more democratic personality type is inclined to believe in this type of phenomena.  In other words, dominant personalities would be far more critical and less likely to believe.

Is there a specific reason people consult mediums?

The truth is, people who seek psychic guidance have a myriad of reasons for doing so.

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  • Some are desperate to find answers.
  • Others want to reach out to loved ones who’ve recently passed away.
  • Still, others seek guidance in hopes to obtain specific results. Finding love, improving health, wealth, and improving one’s lifestyle are examples of this.

Psychics played an important role in history and shaped the future as we know it.

In the middle ages, people would seek advice about war, farming, and hunting. They used mediums as medieval “event planners” during times of celebrations and ceremonies. Psychics would pick the best date to host events and foresee any potential issues. It is likely they understood weather patterns and other scientific theories.

Knowledge is power

The ancient Athenian people based many of their important decisions on psychic prophecy. Traveling to the Oracle at Delphi “mystics” would interpret messages from the god, Apollo. Athenian mystics were the leaders of that era. The Oracle was an integral part of the Greek culture and is part of the literature based on that time.

“Oedipus Rex,” by Sophocles is the most notable example.

Ancient Egyptian Pharaohs kept psychics in the courts to provide advice on matters of the law. They prophesied about battles, crops, and even made appointments for government officials. Their insightfulness and knowledge had power over the people.

Many famous people throughout history have consulted psychics.

Mandelbaum, the author of “The Psychic Battlefield: A History of the Military-Occult Complex,” noted that Queen Elizabeth I routinely consulted psychics. She sought advice on several aspects of her life, including military strategies and personal financial issues.

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Native Americans used, and still use, Shamans for advice about their everyday lives. The Shaman told the warriors when to go to war and who to fight.  He would also tell the hunters where to find food for the clan. In today’s society, the Shaman is still an important tribal leader.

War was eventually declared on all psychics claiming they did the devil’s work. This was the basis for the famous Salem Witch Trial which took place in Salem, Massachusetts during the 1600s. Scientists have since linked the hysteria that victims experienced to a rye bacteria outbreak and not witchcraft.

“Views of psychics range from different demographic backgrounds,” says Marion, a phone psychic at Telemedium.ca.

She noted that the type of advice one seeks is often associated with age, sex, and income. For instance, people with lower incomes are more likely to ask about finances and lucky numbers. Professional types ask about love and relationships, while mid-level income earners seek family advice.

“This comes as no surprise to me, humans often seek what we do not have,” Marion stated. She continued,“Clients want me to rub a magic ball and make it happen. Unfortunately, this is not how it works.”

What I learned from her is that in reality, mediums can only provide guidance so that the person is able to work towards achieving his or her own goals. Psychics can only provide insight and predict what could happen as the result of action or non-action being taken.

In recent years, there have been a number of television shows such as ‘The Mentalist,” and law enforcement agencies who use mediums to solve crimes. This has lent a great deal of credibility to psychic ability. If nothing else, it has proven at least that mediums are capable of reading people and learning a great deal about them.

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Many people believe that psychics have a unique place in modern culture even though some perceive it as nothing more than parlor tricks.

People are more likely to consult a psychic during times of crisis

According to Sharon Begley, author of “Why We Believe in ESP, Ghosts, & Psychic Phenomena?” Belief in the supernatural increases during times of political and social turmoil to regain control in their lives.

“People turn towards the paranormal when the turmoil leads them to fear the future,” she goes on to say.

They want to guarantee their safety and ensure they are making the right decisions. Nancy Reagan admitted that she consulted psychics before she made appointments. Eleanor Roosevelt and even Hillary Clinton admitted to seeking psychic advice.

Given the turmoil of the current presidential campaign, there is little doubt that Hillary is consulting a great many people for advice. We may also see a rise in the numbers once the results are in due to the political climate created by the election.

Not so surprising, people also seek advice from a psychic when they are afraid, desperate for answers, or grieving.

“When people are grieving they feel isolated. They are lonely and question things. This draws them towards areas they think will help them find answers. They also want to speak with those they have lost. They want to make sure their loved ones are okay or to let their loved ones know that they are loved. Some are grieving so much they want to have contact with their loved one again. Only psychics can provide this,” a quote from the BBC News.

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People also turn to psychics when they are seeking answers to a personal crisis such as the victims of a violent crime, or the family of the victim(s). The loss of a job or divorce also tends to lead people to seek answers. Depression and loss is a key factor in a person’s decision to seek help.

Psychic guidance may not be revered as it once was but it is still an important aspect in today’s society.

According to author Christina Valhouli, “Psychologists agree that all belief systems…ease anxiety about the human condition, and provide the illusion of security, predictability, control, and hope in an otherwise chaotic world.”

It is difficult to answer the question which personality types are more likely to believe in psychics, however, one thing is for certain, people who experience loss can only seem to get comfort from some form of spiritual means. Regardless of whether they believe or not, there is something more to life than humans can ever understand.

Featured photo credit: Telemedium via telemedium.ca

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Last Updated on September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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