These people might also be known as fortune tellers, clairvoyants and mediums. They say they can gather information that normal people cannot because of ESP. Critics say that people who make these claims intentionally trick others and are delusional about their capabilities. Psychics are said to have varying abilities.
Some claim they can look into the future. Others say they are capable of having communications with dead people and their spirits. There are even those who believe they are able to sense emotions of those nearby. All of these people say they can gather info that is typically hidden from normal senses.
It is suggested that every person has these abilities to some degree, but not all people process this energy in the same way. There is more than one way that people are believed to sense this special energy. Some have one ability and others have multiple abilities. It varies from person to person.
Clairvoyance, clairaudience, clairsentience, telepathy and empathy are the main ways in which this energy is managed. Clairvoyants perceive the information through pictures, while clairaudience perceive things audibly or within their head. People might experience psychic tastes, sensations or smells through clairsentience. These people might also have the information just come into their head. Empathy is the ability to take in emotions of others psychically and telepathy is knowing or sensing what another is thinking.
The main psychic abilities: physical mediumship, mediumship, divination, remote viewing, automatic writing or drawing, ESP, channeling, psychokinesis, psychometry, scrying, healing and precognition. Mediumship refers to the capability of communicating with disincarnate, while physical mediumship is facilitating manifestations from and by dead people. Those who are able to do remote viewing can visualize locations and activities from remote locations. ESP involves reading the mind of another person and psychokinesis is manipulating matter through mental energy alone.
Precognition relates to seeing ahead or into the future. Healing refers to a positive affect on an organism done to promote healing. This may be associated with medical intuition. Psychic info can be taken in through divination, which incorporates the use of special equipment, such as dowsing rods or pendulums. Psychometry involves touching objects to gain information.
Scrying also involves gaining information through an object, but this is done through gazing at it. Automatic drawing and writing involves unconscious thinking that leads to a person writing or drawing information that is received. People who are able to do channeling can allow an outside source, such as spiritual guides, to receive information.