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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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13 Bad Habits You Need to Quit Right Away

13 Bad Habits You Need to Quit Right Away

Creating your productivity ritual — a routine that helps you to maintain a peak level of energy can get you the best out of your days.

Part of creating your productivity routine involves removing activities that drain you (what I call “kryptonites”), and that includes your bad habits.

Like it or not, bad habits are bad for you — mentally, physically, emotionally and even socially in some cases. While some bad habits are harder to quit than others, it doesn’t change the fact that you need to get rid of them. Here are 13 bad habits to quit right away:

1. Stress Eating

I used to be a serious stress eater. I would eat whenever I felt unhappy, stressed, disappointed, anxious, or even… happy! My eating had nothing to do with being hungry, and everything to do with using food to fill my emotional voids.

While eating would comfort me, this feeling was momentary and would disappear right after I was done eating. Instead, what I had left would be the same emotional void that triggered me to eat in the first place (be it unhappiness or stress), a 2,000 excess calorie intake over what I should have eaten for the day, and anger at myself for having stress ate.

I’ve since overcome stress eating. I have healthy eating habits and a healthy relationship with food today where I no longer use food as a tool to fill my emotions.

If you are a stress eater, don’t fret — here’s how to manage your stress better:

How to Manage Stress (A Step-by-Step Guide to Turn Stress Into Success)

2. Nail Biting

Not only is nail biting unhygienic, it is also socially repelling, leads to dental problems like malocclusion of the anterior teeth,[1] potentially cause stomach problems,[2] and lead to severely deformed fingernails in the long run.

People who bite their nails tend to have shorter nails than the average person; their nail plates also experience scarring and may eventually become absent.[3]

Understand what triggers your nail biting behavior and replace it with another neutral to positive habit. Make habits to break habits.

For example, if you bite your nails when you are stressed, go for a walk or listen to music instead the next time you feel stressed.

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3. Hanging out with Naysayers

We all know these people — people who play devil’s advocate to every idea you have and every goal you want to pursue. We are already our greatest self-critics, so it doesn’t help when there’s someone beside us, ever ready to pounce on what we say and tear it down.

Hang out less with these naysayers and spend more time with supportive people who share constructive feedback instead. You will be much happier this way.

Learn how to get rid of naysayers with these 10 Ways to Ignore the Naysayers and Achieve Your Dreams.

4. Being with People Who Don’t Appreciate You

Haven’t all of us been in this situation before? Trying to please people who don’t appreciate us? Bending over backwards to be there for people when they are never there for us?

While we give without expectations of return, we need to draw a line with people who don’t value us because these people damage our souls.

Stop spending time with people who don’t appreciate you, and spend more time with people who do instead.

Unsure who you should get rid of? Learn about it here: 5 Kinds of Toxic People That You Need to Get Rid of Now

5. Smoking

Smoking is one of the leading causes of preventable death globally.[4]

In just the United States alone, about 500,000 deaths are attributed to smoking-related diseases annually. A recent study estimated that as much as one-third of China’s male population will have significantly shortened life-spans due to smoking! Gender-wise, male and female smokers lose an average of 13.2 and 14.5 years of life respectively — that’s over a decade of life right there.[5]

Not only that, smoking causes pre-mature skin aging (i.e. wrinkles), yellowing of teeth, bad breath, and worse of all — jeopardy of the health of people around you, including your loved ones. Studies have shown that non-smokers exposed to second-hand smoke are at risk to many of the health problems associated with direct smoking.[6]

Smoking risks

    6. Excessive Drinking

    All of us know that drinking too much alcohol is bad for us, but do you know how bad it really is?

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    According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, drinking too much — be it on a single occasion or over time — can seriously damage your health:[7]

    • Brain problems: Alcohol interferes with the brain’s communication pathways, making it harder to think clearly and move with coordination.
    • Heart diseases: Cardiomyopathy – Stretching and drooping of heart muscle, Arrhythmias – Irregular heart beat, stroke, high blood pressure
    • Liver diseases: Steatosis or fatty liver, alcoholic hepatitis, fibrosis, cirrhosis
    • Pancreas problems: Pancreatitis, a dangerous inflammation and swelling of the blood vessels in the pancreas that prevents proper digestion.
    • Different types of cancer: Mouth, esophagus, throat, liver, breast

    If you drink a lot, perhaps cutting it out right away will be tough. Cut down the number of glasses you drink each time, followed by the number of times you drink a week.

    If need be, seek help from an AA group — you aren’t alone in this. Change starts from today.

    7. Eating Junk Food (Including Diet Soda)

    Junk food — they are everywhere in our society today. From McDonald’s, to KFC, to Burger King, to 24-hour takeouts, junk food such as fries, highly processed burgers and sodas has become a staple in our society today.

    If you think, “Hey, but junk food is tasty!”, think again:

    A study by Paul Johnson and Paul Kenny suggests that junk food consumption alters brain activity in a way similar to addictive drugs like cocaine and heroin.[8]

    “After many weeks with unlimited access to junk food, the pleasure centers of rat brains became desensitized, requiring more food for pleasure.”

    And you wonder why you seem to crave fast food when you just had some the day before?

    While it may not be possible to remove junk food completely from our diet right away, we can reduce our junk food consumption starting today. Instead of soda, opt for a fruit juice (fresh juice, not the carbonated kind) or mineral water. Instead of fries, switch to mashed potato, a salad, or rice (many food outlets allow for this today). Instead of a fried meat patty, go for a grilled one.

    Where possible, opt for healthy food joints like salad bars and delis as opposed to fast food outlets. Every little step goes a long way.

    Here’re some healthy snacks ideas for you: 15 Healthy Snacks You Should Always Have At Home

    8. Eating Too Much Red Meat

    There has been conclusive evidence that consumption of red meat increases the risk of colorectal cancer; and suggestive evidence that it increases the risk of oesophageal cancer, lung cancer, pancreatic cancer, and endometrial cancer.

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    In addition, some studies have linked consumption of large quantities of red meat with breast cancer, stomach cancer, lymphoma, bladder cancer, lung cancer and prostate cancer![9]

    Personally, I’m a vegetarian so I don’t consume red meat, but for those of you who consume red meat, do watch out and limit your intake — better still, cut it out of your diet. World Cancer Research Fund recommends limiting intake of red meat to less than 300g (11 oz) cooked weight per week, “very little, if any of which to be processed.”

    Of if you’re thinking about becoming a vegetarian, check out this guide: 5 Practical Tips For Starting a Vegetarian Lifestyle

    9. Watching Too Much TV

    I stopped watching TV since eight years ago and I have never regretted it. Every once in a while I will switch on the telly to see what is on, and then I will switch it off because it’s just the same boring shtick over and over again.

    Watching TV, particularly well-written dramas, can be a good way to unwind. However, remember that TV isn’t your life.

    Spending three hours every night watching TV will not change your life for the better. Rather, using that time to reflect on your life, take stock, and take action on your goals will.

    It’s not easy to remove TV from your daily routine right away, but follow these 6 Steps To Remove TV From Your Life.

    10. Being Late

    Not only is being late being rude to others, it also means that you’re always rushing from one place to another, playing catch up in your agenda, and having to apologize to every person you meet.

    Stop being late and not being punctual, but practice being early instead. Target to arrive 15 minutes earlier before any appointment and bring along something to do in those 15 minutes (or longer if the other person turns out to be late). Then you can stop playing catch up and stay ahead in life.

    Learn more tips about how to be more punctual here: How to Be On Time Every Time

    11. Being in Bad Relationships

    Are you always dating the wrong guys/girls? Do you end up with jerks all the time? Well, you may not be able to stop yourself from meeting bad partners but you can certainly stop yourself from furthering contact with them, spending time with them, or even… entering into a relationship with them.

    I used to invest myself in this guy who was nothing but toxic for me. After a good five months of experiencing nothing but getting burned over and over again, I realized that he was a total waste of my time and I deserved better. I decided to cut him off, and it was soon after that I met my soulmate.

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    Learn about why you shouldn’t stay in a bad relationship and how to deal with it if you’re in one: Why Trying Hard to Stay in an Unhappy Relationship Is Not Love, but Fear

    12. Leaving Things to the Last Minute

    Burning the midnight oil isn’t fun — it’s exhausting.

    Those of you who got through college by burning the midnight oil would have learned this the hard way. Not only is it damaging for your body, it is also mentally draining as you’re constantly in a hyper-tense mode, feeling anxious about whether you can finish your work on time.

    Start today on a new note. Rather than react to your deadlines, be proactive about them by planning ahead, identifying what needs to be done for the week, and getting things done in advance.

    By staying ahead of your tasks, you can also use your extra time to plan ahead in your life and get more things done.

    Take a look at this guide and learn how to stop procrastinating: Procrastination – A Step-By-Step Guide to Stop Procrastinating

    13. Focusing on the Negatives

    In every situation, there are two ways you can react: zoom down to the problem areas and crib about how things aren’t the way you want, or celebrate the areas that are going well and work on making everything better.

    Many of us see the importance of doing the latter but in practice, we do the former. Why though? Criticizing and focusing on the negatives is easy but it doesn’t empower nor inspire us to be better.

    Make a change — for every negative encounter you run into, I challenge you to identify three things that are good about it. Practice doing this for one week, and by the end of the week you’ll find that your first instinct is to think positive, not negative.

    And here’re even more ways to help you stay positive: 11 Tips for Maintaining your Positive Attitude

    The Bottom Line

    So here you find the 13 most common bad habits and their consequences on your mind and body. The good news’ you can quit them all.

    Just spot out your own bad habits and take my suggestions to quit them. Then you’ll find your life a lot healthier and happier!

    Need more tips to break your bad habits? Check out these articles:

    Featured photo credit: Pexels via pexels.com

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