Different Types Of Psychic Abilities

Wait, what’s that? There are different types?

If you say “psychic” to a member of the general public, they’ll might think you’re talking about some sort of fakery or illusion.

If you have a degree of spiritual savvy, you know there’s definitely something going on. Maybe had a reading that was uncannily accurate, or had a brush with the paranormal.

But is there more than just “telling someone’s future?”

With a growing interest in things spiritual and metaphysical, some of those gen pop folks are shifting their awareness. There’s greater interest in what it means to be psychic.

Long gone are the old days of dialing up a psychic by phone. Today, you find them all over social media – your truly included! So many types. Some offer readings, some offer items, all of them offering insights into your personal life.

Is it any wonder so many are skeptical? How do they even do that? Let’s start with defining the word:


sensitive to nonphysical or supernatural forces and influences: marked by extraordinary or mysterious sensitivity, perception, or understanding”

  • Nonphysical
  • Supernatural
  • Extraordinary
  • Mysterious

That’s a whole of words, but they all convey a message that being psychic involves interacting with something intangible, numinous even. The most important word though…

  • Sensitive

Psychics are sensitive to nonphysical things – beings, energies, etc. Hence the term:

Extra Sensory Perception - ESP

But where does psychic ability come from? Excellent question. No one really knows, although plenty have theories. No matter the theory, most agree every human possesses a degree of psychic sensitivity – whether they think they do or not.

Don’t believe me? Consider…

Most have experienced the sensation of “just knowing” someone is staring at you. Only to turn and – lock eyes with a person staring at you. Or “just knowing” you were going to get a call from a certain person, right before your phone rings.

Common. Yes. “Just a coincidence.” Meh…not so much.

Way back in the day, one of the truest lessons I ever learned happened when I was just starting my animal training career. “Always trust your gut” my boss told me, “otherwise you’ll get bit.”

She was right. That “gut feeling” is our innate psychic sensitivity kicking and letting us know there’s something we need to pay attention to.

Personally – using my psychic abilities feels like mental exercise. The more I practice the easier and more flow-y it feels. It’s very much analogous to training, the more you dedicate to it, the better you’ll get.

There are even studies that indicate there’s more going on than meets the eye.

Not all psychics are alike, however. While all have heightened sensitivity to non-physical, non-local energies, how they tap into and interact with those energies can vary greatly.

Types of Psychic Abilities

The Clairs –

The clairs are a group of psychic abilities relating to sensory perception – seeing, hearing, feeling. “Clair” = “clear” so the clairs are “clear sensing.” Most psychics have one or more of the clairs.

  • Clairvoyance – “clear sight” = inner sight, seeing visions, images, pictures.
  • Clairsentience – “clear feeling” = physical feeling and sensations, cold/hot or “whole body” knowledge.
  • Clairaudience – “clear hearing” = voices, sounds, music, tones.
  • Claircognizance – “clear knowing” = “just knowing” or “gut feeling” also sometimes referred to as “downloads.”
  • Clairgustance – “clear tasting” = flavors, foods.
  • Clairalience – “clear smelling” = odors, smells, scents.
  • Clairtangency – “clear touch” = aka psychometry – picking up information by touching an object.
  • Clairempathy – “clear emotion” = feeling what others feel. Distinct from clairsentience, clairempathy relates to emotions.

More Types of Psychic Abilities...

Channeling –

Communicating with other beings, entities, or even a person’s Higher Self. Each channeling varies in intensity, and each channeler has their own methodology. Each one however shares two basic traits.

  1.  An altered state of consciousness – anything from a deep hypnotic state to just a light zoning out.
  2.  Communication with a consciousness external to the channeler.

Channelers often connect to:

  • Spirit Guides
  • Deceased humans
  • Higher Dimensional Beings
  • Angelic beings


Speaking prophecies or making predictions. These psychics read via tools such as tarot cards, tea leaves, crystals or palmistry. Divination is a powerful modality and requires both the ability and practice to develop fully.

Other psychic abilities include:

  • Psychokinesis – the ability to move objects through willing it or thinking it.
  • Telepathy – speaking to another being mind-to-mind.
  • Remote Viewing – A consistent, trainable methodology for accessing non-local information. Not so much a singular psychic talent, but rather a discipline to access the individual’s innate abilities. First developed by the U.S. military there are now multiple methods and instructors around the globe.

Have you had a psychic experience? Do any of the types of psychic abilities here resonate or seem familiar to you? Are there any you’d like to learn more about?

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About “proving” psychic abilities. Check this blog post I wrote on that topic.

If you’re brand new to the concept – check the links below from gen pop publications that give a hint of bigger things that science is starting to glimpse.

These aren’t meant as “proof” of psychic abilities. Rather to illustrate that the idea of other dimensions, and the persistence of consciousness without a physical form are no longer the realm of fantasy. For your consideration…

The Science of Near-Death Experiences. Empirically investigating brushes with the afterlife.

The Human Brain Can Create Structures in Up to 11 Dimensions

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