How to distinguish a fraud from someone sincere?
Today, I went to a psychic just as a fun little treat. I have been having major depression and anxiety as well as suicidal thoughts returning to me. I visited a woman claiming to be empathic, a healer, a medium and a tarot reader. She was a very straight forward woman who enjoyed sharing laughs with me towards the end of the session, though remained deathly serious throughout most of it.
The minute I walked in, she told me I was having suicidal thoughts. I didn’t have to say anything and she wasn’t asking. She was telling. I denied it since it’s a sensitive subject, though from the look on her face, I’m about 99 percent sure she didn’t believe me. She proceeded to write down words such as my father’s name and suicide. I had given her my father’s name since she asked for it, telling her he preferred his nickname. She immediately got suicide off him which was right. It may have very well been a coincidence, but again, people die in thousands of different ways everyday.
Honestly, I was quite intimidated by her because I felt as though she kept tapping into my shaky past. Bringing up things most people don’t know. She would also say the most random things about certain people in my life that no one would come up with on the spot. Things I didn’t even know about these people, though I wouldn’t have my doubts.
My main deal was how she was able to keep intense eye contact throughout the session. I’m very good at analyzing those who are lying through body language, the pupil of the eye and what not. I didn’t get a single hint as to whether or not she was lying. I was figuring “she’s done this for years. she has to lie professionally.”
I have always believed psychics are master manipulators. They trick you into thinking “Oh my gosh! How did she/he know that?” I wouldn’t give her information, usually she came up with it on her own though. She leveled in on one of my friends and was telling me how his parents are divorced which is true. But about most of the American population is nowadays. She also brought up how my talent lies in art which I do work on facial portraits of others.
I can’t remember the session clearly; only bits and pieces. This is everything that happened that I can remember. I looked at her testimonials and all but one of them were good reviews. However, I know that when people just get back from a session, they tend to write a good review. Of course when weeks pass though and none of these predictions actually come true, people won’t return. They just forget.
Knowing the manipulative games fraud psychics play so well, I just wanted to get other opinions on this reading from the provided information. I do believe there are sincere psychics with the desire to help others, but it takes me a little while to discover whether or not they are true.
Surprisingly enough, I felt great after the session. More so like a heavy weight had been lifted off my body. I felt happy for a little while. After I got home and took a nap, I felt like crap again. Haha.
Perhaps you should learn to pick up a novel every now and again
Suggestion by Monica
Too many words.
@Additional Details: I love reading novels. But see, with novels, I expect there to be multiple pages of text. I do not expect that when I come to Yahoo Answers. And that’s because there shouldn’t be.
Suggestion by Atikin
Price. A real physic takes no more than $ 20 for his/her job.
An impostor takes no less than $ 100 from clients.
Suggestion by ohiostatedog
always assume the best you skank whore I assume you don’t sell yourself even though you probably do!
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Are there any books that have a similar theme to the movie “Waterworld”?
I loved the movie Waterworld because of it’s post-apocalyptic architecture. I love things that are made with parts of other things and appear rusted and things like that, does anyone know of any books that resemble the movie’s themes?
Suggestion by Meilin
Forget regular books, try Graphics Novels.
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
The Third – The Girl with the Blue Eye
You might like Dune, though it’s an acquired taste and can get a bit weird.
Suggestion by Jack D
The Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
Obernewtyn by Isobelle Carmody
City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
all post apocolypes books
Suggestion by materiel
As soon as I saw your question, I was reminded of the first time I saw Waterworld – I was with a group of friends & before the movie was even over we had all noticed how similar the storyline is to Dune (by Frank Herbert).
Here’s a description from Amazon Reviews:
This Hugo and Nebula Award winner tells the sweeping tale of a desert planet called Arrakis, the focus of an intricate power struggle in a byzantine interstellar empire. Arrakis is the sole source of Melange, the “spice of spices.” Melange is necessary for interstellar travel and grants psychic powers and longevity, so whoever controls it wields great influence. The troubles begin when stewardship of Arrakis is transferred by the Emperor from the Harkonnen Noble House to House Atreides. The Harkonnens don’t want to give up their privilege, though, and through sabotage and treachery they cast young Duke Paul Atreides out into the planet’s harsh environment to die. There he falls in with the Fremen, a tribe of desert dwellers who become the basis of the army with which he will reclaim what’s rightfully his. Paul Atreides, though, is far more than just a usurped duke. He might be the end product of a very long-term genetic experiment designed to breed a super human; he might be a messiah. His struggle is at the center of a nexus of powerful people and events, and the repercussions will be felt throughout the Imperium.
Dune is one of the most famous science fiction novels ever written, and deservedly so. The setting is elaborate and ornate, the plot labyrinthine, the adventures exciting. Five sequels follow. –Brooks Peck
As you can see, some parts of the story are very different (particularly the setting, which is basically opposite – where Waterworld has too much water, Dune takes place on a desert world). But a lot of the themes of the stories are similar. I won’t say more than that because I’d hate to spoil the ending. But Dune is a great book – I haven’t ever talked to anyone who’s read it & not liked it.
I would definitely recommend you read it, but if you’re one of those people who prefer movies to books (it is a rather long book, plus there’s an entire series that follows) – there are actually 2 versions of the film. I prefer the newer miniseries version but I know people who consider the older version more of a classic.
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