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How to Test and Develop Psychic Ability


Prove skeptics wrong

It's mysterious, it's captivating, it's incredible.

Psychic ability is something that is craved by some and doubted by many. The ability to predict and understand things most of the population can't get a good grasp on is tricky and hard for a lot of people to believe.

The desire for many to possess this power and use it for advantageous purposes has lead to the creation and development of articles, books and tests with the purpose of discovering and developing psychic abilities within oneself as well as testing those who claim to have them.

Read the information on this page, visit different links online and watch videos to figure out for yourself if you are psychic, how to develop such powers, or if you even should become more involved in the movement.

Psychic ability can be very powerful, but it's not for everyone, so make sure to investigate it thoroughly and understand it before taking on something bigger than you know.

Deeper insights into psychic ability

Are you psychic?

Psychic ability can prove to be a helpful and inspiring asset in one’s life. If you’re not sure if you have access to the benefits of psychic abilities, there are several tests one can take to find out.

Multiple-choice tests: Experts may design tests that ask personal questions about topics such as how you sleep, how you play board games and how you gaze at clouds. These usually only scrape the surface of diagnoses, allowing one to recognize they may have abilities but not affirming it directly, thus making for unsatisfied test-takers.

Symbol tests/Zenner cards: Sometimes psychic abilities will be tested based on how well one does at predicting what will “come up” or be chosen at what time. Cards with symbols on them, like shape cards or color cards, are spread out, often a few at a time. Someone will mentally choose one and someone is asked which card the tester has picked. Several rounds or trials may be performed and, based on the way the exercise is set up, a certain number of correct answers may indicate one’s psychic abilities.

Psychologist Zenner developed this method of prediction. The psychic test cards are not only used to measure the intuitive and telepathic powers of the students, they also provide training and practice in the development of psychic abilities.

Based on an algorithm by Dr. Rhine (the number of guesses made, the correct number guessed and the percentage of correct responses), psychic ability can be predicted as follows:

  • Under 1.96 = No psychic ability
  • 1.96 to 2.58= Some psychic ability
  • 2.58 to 3.00= Significant psychic ability.
  • Over 3.00= Very significant psychic ability

Test-takers are encouraged to relax their minds beforehand; stress can impede one’s guessing ability.

Psychic Psi game: The 23rd letter of the Greek alphabet is psi, used in parapsychology with extrasensory perception and psychokinesis. The game includes little boxes or other containers holding answers to a question. The answers cover a broad range. Someone chooses a box for their answer and they may predict which box holds the correct answer (if there is one). This game is mostly considered fun and not scientifically proven.

Another variation of this game is the cup and ball game in which someone is asked to predict/guess which cup the ball is in or under.

Psychic readings: Experts may provide insight into your psychic abilities. There are readers available online, by telephone or streetside.

Classes: Attending a course related to psychic ability may reveal one’s faculties. There are also CD-ROMs which may provide answers as well as help develop abilities.

“The Other Side:” People may test others for psychic ability by asking questions about friends or loved ones who have passed on. Many may claim they can speak to passed spirits and may make claims that are false or fabricated.

People may only have psychic abilities for certain areas, like finding missing people or predicting future events.

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Many sources will say that everyone has some psychic abilities and they can be honed into full-blown faculties that can be used professionally. Use this as encouragement; even if a test may not give the results you expect or hope for, don’t lose hope because there are a variety of ways one can develop psychic abilities (see below text and links).

How to know if you have psychic ability

Develop psychic abilities

Once you have discovered if you possess psychic powers, you can develop them so you can use them to unleash your potential.

There are four basics you need to improve and expand your abilities: positive attitude and the abilities of relaxation, imagination and trust.

  • Have a positive attitude

According to constistent research, having a positive outlook increases psychic abilities. It's good to be able to stretch your mind as far as you can to develop abilities, and being positive helps; negative thinking can impede or even block the process.

A good way to maintain such a positive attitude is to read inspirational literature at least a little every day to get the day started right and help ensure you remain balanced as the day wears on.

It's also beneficial to use affirmations such as "I am getting better daily" or "I deserve to be healthy and happy." Post them where you can see them often to remind yourself of them daily.

Affirmations can allow for self-fulfilling revelations.

  • Relax

Being able to relax allows for you to unleash your potential and stretch across previous bounds. The more you relax, the more benefits you get.

You can enter another stage of consciousness with true relaxations. Your breathing can slow to six breaths a minute, meaning less oxygen, meaning a slower metabolic rate, meaning less tension and stress. Your body is able to grow, cleanse and repair faster and better.

With relaxation also comes the ability to wait and perceive. There is no apparent need to rush and stress. Feel good about yourself.

Here's an effective way to relax:

  • With your feet flat on the floor and your spine straightened, sit in a comfy chair and let your arms and shoulders loosen with your eyes closed. Take slow, deep breaths, your lungs filled each time. With each breath remember that you are whole and release all problems and stress.
  • Move consciousness to the different parts of your body, beginning from the bottom and moving up. Exist in each area and completely feel and become one with it. Move up to your legs, abdomen, chest, face, etc., affirming each time that you are at peace and all is well. Attempt to find the center of your being, recognize it; it's your center of perfection in love, happiness and knowledge. You are safe there.
  • Return when it feels right. Count back... one, everything is healthy and whole; two, energy is surging and invigorating; three, you're happy and ready to start the day again.
  • Imagine

This ability is just as important as any other faculty you have to developing the ability to be psychic as well as happy. With this ability you can see your potential and envision yourself performing any task you set before yourself to fulfill. Sometimes athletes use this ability before practice or a game. Artists also use this before starting a piece of art; it's beneficial to visualize what will go on the canvas beforehand to avoid waste. Imagination can also be used to solve difficult math or science problems without writing a figure; in fact, Einstein claims he used his imagination when developing his equation E=mc squared.

One way to exercise this ability is to create daydreams to play out. Don't try to think about it or make sense of it, but play and pretend you are a kid again, able to be as creative as possible. Create storylines for daydreams as well. Allow yourself to get what you want in your dreams. Also try to place detail and visualize as deeply as possible in as many places as possible. Focus on a single object and pay attention to every facet of it, even things you cannot see.


The root word of "psychic" means "soul." Therefore, your ability to be psychic is related directly to the soul. Such abilities are sensitive; they can be used for good or for bad, altruism or selfishness. Thus, we must remember that we are not the most important or the best, but that special and/or individual powers should be used for the good of the world. We need to trust in our place in the universee and that things will work out for the better. Trust your judgment and your gut, even if it doesn't seem to make sense. Nobody has the right to interfere with your desires or your life's direction, so you need to trust in yourself all the more. Choice is a power in itself, something everyone has that requires both contemplation and trust.

Whatever you may be involved in that may fuel a desire to develop psychic abilities, remember to look at everything in context. Understand where you are and why you feel the way you do. What are you doing with your abilities? Why? Trust in reality and the way things are; you may be surprised at what develops.

Additional info and resources

  • Psychic Test and Quiz - Test your Psychic Powers
    Use this Web page to test your psychic abilities, if you have them. There are a variety of tests and quizzes, including ones with shapes, colors, faces, numbers and more.
  • Test Your Psychic Power
    Use your powers of ESP to make it through these trials! The Web site on provides a few tests to see if you’re really as psychic as you think you are.
  • Psychic IQ Test
    Take this quiz to test your psychic, telepathy and ESP abilities and skills. The Web site also features more tests to discover your psychic abilities! Also visit forums and more!
  • Psychic Tests - Psychic and Medium Experiences
    This Web site includes a variety of ways to test psychic abilities. Use online tarot readings and take a telekinesis test, sensitivity test and ESP test while reading about how experiences you have may also be an indicator.
  • Developing Your Psychic Abilities
    Again, offers insight into your psychic abilities by providing information about how to develop them. Try some exercises and recognize experiences you may have had that can help with development.
  • Am I Psychic? Psychic Ability | Clairvoyance Tests
    Not only can you figure out if you have psychic abilities with the tests on this site, you can also learn more about what it means to be psychic and about spiritual experiences.
  • How to Develop Psychic Abilities - wikiHow
    WikiHow offers some simple steps that can aid you in your quest to develop your psychic abilities, along with some helpful tips and warnings and further readings to take advantage of.
  • The Psychic Being
  • What Are the Signs of Being Psychic? | Our Everyday Life
    Psychic experiences have been known to arise all throughout history. Average people have been known to exhibit extra sensory perceptions. Basically, people exhibit signs of supernatural abilities by ...


TheFamousCash on June 17, 2013:

Very strange. . .

I just said she is one of the many and that they are ALL phonies !

avik on June 17, 2013:

This Brown woman is just one of the many. Why pick on her? There is no need to look for "proof" of phonies.. . y

TheFamousCash on May 04, 2013:

What on earth are you talking about?

You write screeds but say nothing.

If religion has nothing to do with the issue, why bring up some meaningless nonsense? Of course, it has nothing to do with the issue but people bring it into the discussion for some strange reason.

Truth does not always prevail! No point in further comment here.

Giving the answers vulnerable people want to hear is no excuse for stealing from them! Only a moron keeps going back for more.

You say it is not hard to find the phonies. . . Where have you been? What is difficult to understand? ALL OF THEM ARE PHONIES !!!

This Brown woman is just one of the many. Why pick on her? There is no need to look for "proof" of phonies.. . . .

T H E Y A L L A R E !!

Rayne123 on May 04, 2013:

No I never said religion has anything to do with it. Quoting from the scriptures is not religion. I do not believe that religion has anything to do with any topic really.

Truth always prevails, I understand and agree that these con artists have been around for what seems to be centuries, however eventually people figure this out, the scam artists they are, however they stick around because there are those people that want to believe and live their life on these phonies.

They keep going for what they seem is direction in their lives and they have no where else to turn and usually get an answer they want to hear.

So maybe by guessing as most do, they get one or two things right, which usually is easy for anyone to do, so they keep going back and advise others of how good they think they are.

However again in research its not hard to find the phonies now at all.

Sylvia Brown has tripped herself up more than once, but people just keep going back and well if they want to believe no one is going to change their mind.

TheFamousCash on May 04, 2013:


NOTHING of what you speak makes any sense.

I stated the fact ALL people claiming to be psychic are con artists and/or mentally unwell. You agreed but later said MOST are con artists.

You also made the mistake of confusion religion with the issue. I find it fascinating that about 92% per cent of people involved in my research bring up religion although it has nothing whatsoever to do with the topic under discussion. Astounding! As I mentioned before, I defend anyone's right to believe in anything they want, regardless how foolish it is but why on earth you elect to quote out of one of the many religious books is beyond me.

Just to sum up. Truth does not always prevail. The proof being psychics (and other con artists) have always been around and, I suspect, always will when people do not seem to wish to accept FACTS!

Rayne123 on May 04, 2013:

I agree with you, as I stated, I do believe God chooses certain people, however we are to watch out for wolves in sheep's clothing.

You are so right, if one has to advertise ANYTHING they do or acquire than they are not real. The truth always prevails and needs no explanations. In other words like the scriptures states....

Jude 1:16

These are grumblers, malcontents, following their own sinful desires; they are loud-mouthed boasters, showing favoritism to gain advantage.

IF someone gossips about you over and over and you just ignore it, they usually end up the one who is the liar and will trip themselves up. Same goes for abilities.

I never explain the type of person I am, we always find out the truth.

However yes most are con artists and Sylvia brown is one of those big time, she never really answers a question, she just says yes and makes up a date. She is a false prophet

TheFamousCash on May 04, 2013:

Well . . . . .

That's a lot of information!

However, like the little boy who shouted, "the king's not wearing any clothes!", let's just state the most obvious, clear FACT. . . .

ANYONE claiming to be psychic is in one, or both, of only two states.



Since, surely, no one should believe in something which does not exist, let's join the campaign to rid the wrold of these charlatans.

Request your M.P. (or rep) raise the issue in parliament to stop this LEGALISED THEFT from feeble-minded and vulberable people!

Rayne123 on March 08, 2013:

Well I do believe in gifts/talents/psychic abilities. I believe we can enhance them and learn from them. As we get to understand ourselves and experience the world, our abilities become more prominent.

WE all have intuition and if we learn how to listen to it then we develop our gift to a further level. That gut feeling one receives is a message, we should always listen to it. However a lot of us change our mind and go with our second guess.

sitting in a quiet room all by yourself is a good way to develop your abilities.

I also have dreams and visions that are send to me and usually are of great importance. If we remember our dreams than there is a hidden message for us.

IF we dream and dont remember, than no need to worry, when the time is right you will remember them.

Our gifts come from God so with his help one can enhance these gifts if we are meant to have them. God speaks to us through those special chosen people. However there are too many false prophecies that claim to be this and that and defraud many of us. These are the ones that will misuse their gift for their only personal gain.

WE must be careful how we use our gift it can be taken from us as fast as we received it if we are not humble. This is not like magic, magic can be taught to anyone, all it takes is a little practice. But this is no where near being gifted/psychic.

I do not believe that one can talk to the other side, I usually move on when this happens. Once dead a spirit does not live. I have dreamt about my dad (who has passed) he has left me messages however this was for me. I cannot talk to the dead because I do not believe in it.

Ecclesiastes 9:5

For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing, and they have no more reward, for the memory of them is forgotten.

I also believe that one who claims to be this and that and charges/has to advertise all over the papers/media is not real, this is for greed.

Most gifted people will not allow their gift to be used to make money. A gift is given and free of charge.

My dreams are precognitive, however I do not claim to be able to help anyone/nor would I unless i am sure I know what i am talking about.

However you will see those that help the law or others to find what they are looking for. These ones are usually the real ones. They become very good at what they do and it becomes a job. These cases are different. I believe these are the ones God as send out into the world to help spread what he wants from us.

I think if we listen to our bodies/emotions/feelings we can get a good idea of what is going on around us. This in turn helps us to develop and have a good understanding of "our gift".

We are either born with it or not, its like someone who claims to read cards, anyone can buy a book and learn, this is more for entertainment. However I believe we are all born with some kind of gift that we can enhance as we grow and mature.

IF we are meant to have the gift we will shortly realize there is something different with us and try to understand what is going on. If we leave it be then we do not lose it, we just not sure how to accept it.

However its hard to not bother with abilities, as you mature your abilities mature and become part of your daily life.

yes its very mystical and mysterious but isn't the unseen just that.

Anyway this is just my opinion, thanks for the great hub

Jorge on October 26, 2012:

When i was younger i could make myself heat up in very cold conditions...somewhere along the way i lost my ability. Then when i was older i came across a natgeo docu. that showed monks in Tibet doing the same thing i did when i was younger. For them it took hours to get going, but i could do it in just do i get back my ability?

Kaitlyn on August 27, 2012:

Well hello c:

You see .. I've been studying this for several months.. this helped waay more than most articles.. and I have a very big imagination and believe anything is possible if you try... The problem.. I just can't find mine. I'm so confused. Like. I have opposite body temperatures. 90 Farenheight and I'm in a jacket . But 20 degrees and I'm hot :/ that's the only thing unnatural.. minus 1 thing. A year ago I was fishing. I dropped my fishing pole in the ocean. About 20 minutes later.. It got hooked on my spare fishing pole. Those are the only things unnatural I remember :l

Kelly on June 16, 2012:

Because of this wedsite i found out im psychic

Xemini on June 09, 2012:

I think that i have been regaining my psychic ability from a small child and i've been doing allof the tips like imagining, trusting, and having a positive attitude, but everytime i even try to relax i suddenly feel scared and stop. I don't know what to do can someone please give me advice!?!

johnyjane from London on November 02, 2011:

Psychic abilities are always there in everyone except the level of it's vary. But it always amaze me why can't some people feel it especially skeptics.

accurate psycic readings on September 29, 2011:

Psychic abilities are like pets. They have to be accepted, trained, and fed in order for them to grow.

accurate psychic on September 20, 2011:

Psychic abilities are present in every one, however, dormant. Developing ones psychic ability needs patience since it does not happen in a snap.

Tim on September 02, 2011:

We all hv powers in us..."education" Dilutes them...our school system needs change, go back to simpler times.

Alexandra on August 25, 2011:

Well I have a lot of luck as people say, like when were playing a game with cards, beggining the game when we all have our cards i have a feeling that this round someone will win, and at the end that person won. at my school awards for graduation we got 40 question and 7 person were nominated in each categories, and 36 on 40 question i would (guess) the right name out of 7, cuz i had a feeling, when the phones ring somtime ill say the caller ID (or if we putted a name for numberr) before the phones say it, and i got it right, my friends and a cousin thinks i have ESP, but my mom says its a coincidence, if i take a quiz to see if i am i will not have t right, cuz my feelings happen out of no were, do u think i have psychic abilities??? sometimes i got feelings that someone will say something or do something before it happens, but i cant countrol it to when i went it to work or not its just on and off, im a 14 year old girl by the way, plz help, really want to know!

Skeptic,4:1 on August 20, 2011:

Just don't know! I mean I have for myself three UFOs and I live in the USA and we just need to get real and be responsible about it and what is the deal about Bigfoot?

Accurate Psychic Readings on August 10, 2011:

I don't believe that there is a universal test to check whether one is psychic or not. We are all obviously unique in our own way, and that goes to show that we cannot be gauged by one tool alone.

powerofknowledge1 on August 09, 2011:

Great hub.

arthemismax on June 29, 2011:

Highlighted in today's history, June 30th 1894, the London Tower Bridge opens for the first time for public use. It's one of the amazing spectacles that proved the capacity of innovation and the reason to doubt. Let's open our minds to the possibilities. ;)


Best psychic on June 23, 2011:

Is this the universal test to qualify one as such?

Best psychic

Marcos526^ on June 14, 2011:

this is completely off topic but i learned this from a family member in mexico tied to the Totunaca indians. he instructed me to stare into the flame of a candle, but only focus on the the orange outer outline , where the heat touches the atmosphere. he told me to focus into it about for about a minute.(u can do it longer if ness.) After that close your eyes and you will still see the flame as a light inside. Follow the light because it will try and loose you. Center it into the center of your inner vision follow it and make the intent that you are moving into it , towards it. It will take you on a journey follow it. But be mindful of your thoughts you don't want what your seeing to turn red on you. if it does keep going till you clear that field of negativity(warning you may see images that are horrifying creatures and faces unlike anything you have ever seen) but keep going until you clear this field. when your done take your self back to this realm by visualizing everyday objects or everyday places and people to come back to this realm. and carefully open your eyes. try it if you want . but please be mindful of your thoughts while doing this . no negativity

Gail Sobotkin from South Carolina on May 29, 2011:

Very informative hub about an often misunderstood topic. Many people think of charlatans and fraud when they hear the word psychic. I try to keep an open mind and still retain some skepticism.

I have a few friends who are highly intuitive and can sense, even from afar, when something is troubling me and I value those relationships for the deep emotional connection that exists between us.

I have also had some mild psychic experiences with people I've just met, where I sense something specific about them, take the risk of saying it, and they have validated my impressions.

Thanks for sharing this comprehensive hub on a fascinating topic.

Love psychic on May 19, 2011:

We go through life not knowing what life itself has in stored for us. Thank you for sharing these thoughts. :)

Love psychic

hunter ward on May 16, 2011:

Hey im very young 15 to be exact! I havn't got this paranormal thing down yet, but I know it's something! I hear things and sometimes I even see things, sometimes shadows. Its been happening since my grandma died back in 2004 I would really love to go deeper into the process and learn lots more. I know this is for me and I have the ability. on May 13, 2011:

Great job! Generally informative for psychic predictions

. Keep it up.

best psychic on May 13, 2011:

This is great! Its hard to find best psychics. Keep it up.

best psychic on May 13, 2011:

This is great! Its hard to find best psychics. Keep it up.

Voyance par mail on April 27, 2011:

Thank you very much for this hub,I would like to develop more my psychic hability?

Cleo Pascal on March 17, 2011:

For me, learning a psychic ability is very challenging. Imagine, you can see things beyond our world. Well, I think there are phenomena that are hard to explain by science. So don't be surprised why some alternative healing medicine and other cultures still existing today.

Tana Hoy on October 21, 2010:

I found this info very helpful! I especially liked the one video. Much of developing your psychic ability has to do with being able to relax. Great post!

Nathaniel from Poland on April 09, 2010:

Not much of practical information in this hub, nor linking to useful practical resources. All these guides says "relax, trust, mediate"... As energy worker I see why so few people develop their skills for real...

psychic girl on March 29, 2010:

i am a psychic. it runs in my family, i can also sense spirits and call upon them if i wish to. i need some help controlling these visions and dreams i have. i cant seem to make myself see something in the future, and i cant see my own future. it just happens on its own. can u tell me how to control it better? thx

sam wooooot on January 07, 2010:

How to develop?? I dont really understand.

scheng1 on December 14, 2009:

haha, the psychic IQ test is so funny! Maybe the government can consider perfecting the test to license fortune tellers

Love of Writing on December 09, 2009:

I just did the Psychic IQ test and scored 28...interesting.

Love of Writing on December 09, 2009:

Very interesting stuff. I am going to check out some of those links now. I always thought I might have some Psychic ability cause I used to be able to know who was calling and sometimes even what they were calling about. I knew my sister was in trouble one time and I also knew that my grandfather was sick before the call came.

glassvisage (author) from Northern California on August 21, 2009:

Thank you for your comments, everyone! Am I Psychic, thanks for posthing the link. I think it's a great supplement to this Hub :)

Am i Psychic? on August 20, 2009:

Very interesting and thought provoking. I agree with CMHypno that al of us at some stage in our life would have some psychic abilities. Like we have some sense or intuition of what is to come.

I would like to share some psychic test games from my website

I hope this is something you can find interesting!

psychic test on August 05, 2009:

Cool Hub !

looking forward for the next chapter :)

joe on July 22, 2009:

im an empathy not by choice and i need help blocking everyone's emotions around me

CMHypno from Other Side of the Sun on June 22, 2009:

Very interesting Hub. Personally I believe that everyone has psychic abilities. As children we are all naturally psychic and find it easy to link with the spiritual realms, but as most cultures do not encourage these gifts, so most kids have 'forgotten' about their abilities by the time they are teenagers. There are many excellent books and courses on psychic development, and in the UK most Spiritualist Churches have Open Development Circles

buddhkist from State of Somewhere on June 13, 2009:

Great hub! Very insightful! I have actually recently awakened my own innate abilities. I do believe it has a lot to do with my becoming involved with ancient teachings such as Buddhism and also reading a lot about our Universe. Our planet's energy field is changing and soon more and more people will realize their own potential.

Laura on April 27, 2009:

I would love to become psychic. It is a deep desire i have.

Rochelle Valdez on April 11, 2009:

I think i got that ability, and i wanna know if u guys can help me up on how to hold, control,make it real. I cant control to imagine about the world, earth,universe, the extent of lives and always tackle concerning possible things. i dont know i cant understand all matters in and out of this world. I just want to live simple in peace place, not as dead ofcourse, with the of science and my artistic an artist sir,all inborn talents,actually i got them all,assist me,im a good child in decent family

Peter Messerschmidt from Port Townsend on December 13, 2007:

Great hub!

You've put together a lot of wonderful information here.

jamestedmondson from San Francisco on December 10, 2007:

I'm a big fan of Lisa William, and her show "Life Among the Dead."

It may be fake, but my brother (who I'm fairly certain is psychic) says she is legit.

Very entertaining stuff.

Zsuzsy Bee from Ontario/Canada on December 08, 2007:

Great HUB

regards Zsuzsy

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