Psychics aren’t Real, are they? Aren’t they just a crutch for the least rational among us? Mere entertainment at best, a loss of money at worst?
You can believe these things. But as it turns out, you’d be in the minority.
In a survey Top10.com from more than 1,000 anonymous Americans, we ask about people’s thoughts, feelings, and experiences with psychics. Some of the results were surprising, shocking and even a little creepy. Read more:
Everyone Knows Psychics Aren’t Real, Right? Think Again…
One of the most striking findings of the survey was that more than half of people have at least some belief in psychic ability.
A total of 54% of people believe in psychic ability something or a lot, while only 25% do not believe in the phenomenon at all.
But we’re gonna be a little granular. The above graph represents all respondents. Let’s focus on the respondents who have never been in a psychic, and see what they have to say.:
At first glance, you might think that most people don’t believe in psychic ability.
But a closer look shows that this is not the case. If we compare those who chose “I don’t believe” with the rest of the answers, less than half of the people who had never seen a psychic cited disbelief as their reason.
If we look at the results in a circular graph, we get a better idea of the comparison:
Most people were too embarrassed to see a psychic, felt it was too expensive or still plan on going someday (we’ll get to that “other” soon enough).
Surprisingly, the accumulated sum of people who cited shame, price, procrastination or “others” was higher than people who do not believe in psychic ability.
Our reading: We hoped that lack of belief was the primary reason why people had not seen psychics. But this just wasn’t the case. The fact that the embarrassment, the cost and procrastination got the most answers which unbelief casts an interesting light on the social stigmas that surround psychics, suggesting that we may see psychic readings less as magic and more as therapy: a legitimate means of knowledge with only money and social perception in keeping away.
Doors that should not necessarily be opened…
Do people avoid psychics because they don’t believe in them, or because they do?
This is one of the most fascinating ideas that our study brought to light. We are now going to delve into that category of” others ” from above, which required respondents to explain their reasons for never having visited a psychic. Judging by their answers, some of the strongest objections to psychics seemed to have come from the greatest believers of all. Here is a sample of their responses:
- I feel like it can open doors that shouldn’t necessarily open.
- I don’t want to know the future.
- I am afraid of what they will say
- I don’t want to find something I don’t want to know
- I’m not sure I want to know
- I don’t think we should open the doors to the spiritual world. You leave your soul open to spiritual attacks
Of the 131 respondents who responded “others”, only 19 expressed something similar to disbelief.
Among the rest, there was a strong pattern of fear and fear, which barely reflects the idea of psychics as false.
Our reading: that so many respondents cited the fear of knowing the future or unlocking dangerous spiritual portals, clearly shows that for a good part of people, the question is not” are there psychic powers”, but rather ” should they be used?”
More Women Believe in Psychics; More Men Listen to Them
We find some interesting trends when we divide our results by gender. The following chart shows how all respondents saw psychics in general, divided by gender:
As you can see, women are much more likely to believe in psychic ability, with two thirds of the women surveyed saying they believe something or a lot. Only 17% of women do not believe in psychic ability at all.
Male respondents told a completely different story, with 35.5% saying they don’t believe in psychic ability at all. While male believers were outnumbered by women, there were still more than 48% of them who believe something or much.
But does belief translate into action? Compare the above information with the following chart, which shows how many men and women actually took the words of their psychics seriously.:
The above graph only represents respondents who have visited psychics in the past. Surprisingly, men are more likely to take advice from their psychics (almost 60%) than women (about 50%).
This is surprising, especially considering our first graph, which showed that women are more likely to believe in psychic ability than men.
Our reading: Inconclusivo. However, in another part of the survey, we asked respondents how much they spent a year on psychics. While women represented the majority in the category of “under $ 100”, the men dominated in the highest expenditure, which represents the majority of the categories of $ 100-500, $ 500- $ 1000 and $ 1000 and more per year. Maybe men pay attention to the advice of their psychics more because they’re spending more? It’s possible they’re just capitalizing on their investment.
Are the Tarot-card Readings the New Blood Pressure Readings?
It was no surprise that love and relationships are the topics most discussed with psychics. This graph shows a breakdown of the most common subjects:
Carrera, too, is no surprise (15.58%). Health reached 3rd in 14.45% of respondents, which may not be too surprising unless these respondents are broken down by age. Then things get interesting.
Here are the results for 4 age groups, 18-29, 30-44, 46-60 and 60 onwards:
As a result, young people are discussing their health more than we would expect, and more than their elders do. Our survey shows that people aged 18-29 are more likely to bring health problems to psychics than any other age group, including, most surprisingly, respondents aged 60 and over.
Note how the percentage decreases as respondents age, up to a very slight rebound in the range of 60 and up. Our younger survey participants spoke more frequently about health, almost doubling the results in the two oldest age groups.
Our reading: it is surprising that 20% of young people are concerned about their health, not to mention enough to make it their second most frequent topic of conversation during a psychic reading. Perhaps the younger generation is more proactive about their health than we expected. Or, maybe they’re seeing traditional medicine as less and less of an authority. It is also possible that older people already have trusted doctors in their place, so they spend their time with a psychic focusing on what cannot be answered elsewhere, such as deceased relatives, etc.. We are not sure why so many young people go to psychics for health knowledge, but we are surprised and fascinated by it.
How Do You Know That?
Twenty-five percent of people who have seen psychics were told something they believe the psychic had no way of knowing.
While this does not constitute the majority, respondents who responded positively had some interesting things to say when we asked them what personal information psychics had shared with them.
A good percentage of the responses concerned deceased relatives:
- “My grandmother’s name”
- “The death of my sister”
- “Family history, too different to ask”
- “My sister died at an early age”
- “Daughter who commits suicide, her relationship with her mother”
- “She told me many details about my father’s death.”
Some wrote about events that would happen in the future:
- “I was told that I would meet certain people in the next ten years, very specific people, and I did.”
- “She knew a lot of things.. stop uno..me he said My mom would hurt her knee and did it two years later..I also knew my brother was in London when a bombing occurred, but thank God he was okay..There were some more things this lady told me, so I had to have the gift.”
- “He seemed to know that my marriage was over before me”
- “Stomach problems: I have a peptic ulcer a month later”
- “She pointed blank to me that a friend was going to die. She even knew his name. Died 2 months after”
- “She told me that my father would die when he turns 50. He turned 50 2 November and died on 26 November. She didn’t know how old she was.”
And others simply mentioned dark personal details and idiosyncrasies.:
- “Did anyone ask about my fear of medical helicopters”
- “She called me out of nowhere from New York and asked me why I was somewhere”
- “She knew the name of my late husband and told me that he” misses his smoke, ” which was marijuana. She smelled the air when she told me that. There’s No way she knew those exact words.”
- “She told me where the cat was”