How to tell the difference between a mental illness or actual paranormal abilities?
Ok so how do you know the difference between a person who claims they see ghost and talk to them and are mentally ill to someone who says the same and claims to be psychic or have the ability?
Just curious to hear your opinions. Mind you, you don’t know if they are ill or saying the truth.
All your answers are fantastic except for The Watcmans answer if you don’t want to “bother” and not use your fingers for typing, then why “bother” to type anything at all. But for the rest of the comments; it will be a tough decision.
Suggestion by Fah King Genioos
well, since there is NO SUCH THING as paranormal abilities OR ghosts …. ummm… its pretty easy
a psychic who HASN’T won the lottery is a fraud, by definition.
Suggestion by Kate
Well, I have had this happen with patients I worked with. I have had psychic experiences my whole life, as well as paranormal. I dont have schizophrenia or any other diagnosis…although I would say, I have my share of bouts of depression at times.
The more Im around people with mental illnesses, I wonder if they really are hallucinating, or if they are seeing other realms. The reason is because, the spirit world is made up of energy, so it usually isnt seen or heard. It is on a higher vibrational frequency. I know this because I have had two NDE and 3 visits from deceased relatives and loved ones. Children can sometimes see it when they are small, but most will grow up and forget.
I cannot speak for everyone, but I do keep an open mind. When older people start seeing deceased relatives, its usually a sign that their time here is about over. I have seen this with patients at the hospital who see deceased relatives, most of them older.
Some people, like myself, are very sensitive. I also have prophetic dreams(not about major events) but milestones in my life, people Im going to meet, jobs I will get, weather issues…that sort of stuff.
Im also very empathetic, I can feel and sense peoples thoughts and feelings at times. I am able to help people cope with things because I can feel whats going on.
These things are real, they are very real. I can not judge another person who is experiencing the same things I have, or things in a different way. But I can tell you, because I experience them…I know it is real and it exists.
Suggestion by Funky Barracuda
Actual psychic abilities should be easy to test in a variety of ways. Remote viewing, telekinesis, mind reading, all of these can be tested and proven. As for seeing ghosts, this can be verified by some kind of repeatable effect that ghost has on the world around it, or by the “psychic” asking the ghost for information that the ghost would know and the psychic would not.
For example, if you say that there is a ghost in the room with you, I can have you close your eyes, and show the “ghost” a card with a number on it between 1 and 100. Then, you can ask the ghost what the number is, and we would repeat that experiment 100 times before telling the psychic whether the answers were correct. If you can get that right more often than pure chance would allow you to (so, signficantly more than 1% of the time) then that would be extremely strong evidence of the ability to talk to ghosts.
The fact that nobody who claims to have these abilities has ever passed a repeatable, independent, verified test casts serious doubt on whether these powers actually exist. People who claim to be mediums usually have very convenient excuses for why this will not work, or indeed why any objective test is in fact not valid.
Mental illness is a separate issue here. The definition of mental illness is a state of mind that significantly interferes in living a normal life. A person may have delusions that they can see ghosts and talk to them, but they are not necessarily mentally ill. There are plenty of non-supernatural reasons that people see ghosts.
I myself once woke up and saw a vision of my dead nanny in front of me. I continued to stare at the “ghost,” and it eventually faded away into blobs of color, and I realized after a while that it was just spots in front of my eyes that my sleepy, confused brain had told me was a person. Other reasons include things like infrasound, which can make your eyes resonate and cause blurry lights to appear on the periphery of your vision, and sensory deprivation, which can make your brain create hallucinations, both sounds and images, out of nothing.
If somebody thinks they have seen a ghost, then they are more likely to attribute unexplained lights or sounds to ghosts in the future, creating a feedback loop. The way to break the feedback loop is to explain how their visions can be caused by scientific reasons, not to accuse them of mental illness.
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Why do people follow Wicca?
this is beyond my understanding
if you manage to free yourself from the control of traditional superstitious religion (Christianity, Judaism or Islam)and realize the threat of hell is just idle threat, a make belief meant to keep the faithful inline.
why assume yourself another superstition and start believing in another make beliefs? in Wicca, Magic and Pagan Gods?
how is Wicca different then the traditional religions like Christanty, that atheists like dawkins constantly proves wrong? how is it different from the psychics, mediums and oculists, that are time and time again proved to be frauds by people like the Amazing Randi.
why isn’t another load of nonsense invented by frauds and lairs in he early 20th century?
if you freed yourself once from ignorance of belief and the shackles of religion, why not just stay free?
Suggestion by James K
I used to be a lifelong Wiccan. I gave it up last year in favour of atheism. I was never a Christian.
Like Christians, though, I was convinced of the veracity of my faith, and the fallacy of other’s faith.
Even though I can rub a few IQ points together, I was still blind to my faith whilst a sceptic about everything else.
Watching the Atheist Experience started to get me thinking critically about what I believed, and I shifted my definition of faith to its default one: that which is believed without good evidence.
Upon accepting that was what I stood for with Wicca, I abandoned it. (When faced with a dearth of evidence for an idea, I will abandon the idea. Religious belief in Lord and Lady was no different.)
There is no more evidence (other than confirmation bias) for Wicca’s claims than any other religious belief.
Edit: I am not a teenager. I am fifty-three. I was raised a Wiccan by my mother (my father was killed in Vietnam when I was seven and had little influence on my religious upbringing).
Suggestion by Hell Kitty
Stupid teenagers are stupid
Suggestion by Thunder.Overhead
Same reason people follow any other religion. Something about it speaks to them.
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