Uncommon Sense

June 22, 2021

Ten Signs You Are Psychic

Filed under: Culture,Reason,Religion — Steve Ruis @ 9:19 am
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The above title is just that of a post on the medium.com web site. I like this web site but it also runs frequent pieces on astrology under their spirituality segment, which is disappointing. Okay, are you psychic? Well, there are ten “signs” that will help you decide. Here they are:

  1. You are a human lie detector
    2. You’ve experienced déjà vu
    3. You have vivid dreams
    4. You have a strong intuition
    5. You pick up on people’s feelings and emotions easily
    6. You’ve had a paranormal experience
    7. You see colors or light around people or objects
    8. You’ve always felt different
    9. You’ve wondered what happens when we die
    10. You have an increase in your taste and smell

Well, how did you turn out? They didn’t provide a scale of how psychic you are based upon how many of these “signs” you exhibit, so I came up with one correlating the number of signs to how psychic you are. And here that is:
10 signs = card carrying psychic
8-9 signs = probably best in your neighborhood
6-7 signs = journeyman psychic
4-5 signs = wannabe psychic
<4 signs = probably not psychic

Now, let’s unpack a few of these “signs,” shall we? First, “#1 You can tell when people are lying.” This is a skill all human beings acquire, at various levels of ability. As a very young child, we each learned that we could keep things from our parents and they wouldn’t know, that is we learned to lie. We all learn to lie. Simultaneously, once we learned that we can lie, we learned that other people can lie. We observe them swiping a cookie form the cookie jar, say, and then say they didn’t. Once we learn that others can lie, we begin acquiring the ability to tell when they are lying. Some of us are good at it, others not so much. Does one have to be “psychic” to tell when another is lying? I don’t think so.

#2 You’ve experienced déjà vu. Everyone has experienced déjà vu. You do not have to be psychic to have had this happen. It is all consequences of our mental skill set involving memory and imagination.

#3 You have strong intuition. Yeah, I knew you were going to say that. Again, our imagination is designed to predict what might happen in any situation so we are constantly predicting the near future so that we are prepared for eventualities. All part of being a human being, non-psychic type.

#5 You pick up on people’s feelings and emotions easily, aka, you are female. Apparently this post is targeting females. Since I have never heard a bunch of guys standing around talking about their psychic powers, this is probably strategic.

#6 You’ve had a paranormal experience. As if you actually knew what “normal” is.

#8 You’ve always felt different. I have never met a person who didn’t feel this way. This is part of being locked in our own thoughts, having to guess at what other people are thinking. Again, normal human, non-psychic behavior.

#9 You’ve wondered what happened when we die. WTF? If you haven’t there are tens of thousands of religious sects around you who will bring up the question for you.

A common con is to convince you of something untrue by appealing to common experiences we have all had or all dread. None of us want to be robbed, or murdered, or made to look foolish, so we can count on others feeling the same way. So politicians regularly instill fears that are very, very improbable. My favorite is implying that elderly white women are unsafe in their own homes because black men can break in and ravish them. This plays on the feeling of being physically helpless due to age and being alone, with no help nearby, and worst case scenario fears. The actual number of times this happens is minuscule compared to other crimes. I mean how easy do you think it would be to find a black criminal with a penchant for raping old, wrinkled white ladies (OWLs).

I can’t imagine any normal human being not coming up with six or seven of these signs that they have “seen” in themselves. This leads to the belief, false though it is, that the reader is psychic, which leads to . . . whatever, at a bare minimum a bigger audience for more tripe of this ilk.


  1. HEY! Don’t downplay the “psychiality” of some people! For example, I knew you were going to write this post before you wrote it! So there!

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    Comment by Nan — June 22, 2021 @ 10:41 am | Reply

  2. I love you, Nan! And I knew you were going to say something like that!

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    Comment by Steve Ruis — June 22, 2021 @ 10:45 am | Reply

  3. “Bullshit is the glue that holds this country together.” –George Carlin

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    Comment by Gary Trujillo — June 22, 2021 @ 10:59 am | Reply

  4. Who was it who said that the best thing that ever happened to them was discovering early on they were not god?

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    Comment by The Pink Agendist — June 22, 2021 @ 5:58 pm | Reply

    • Somebody with a big ego! Wow, after hearing “you know who” described, I never thought “Gee, that;s me.” And I have a really big ego!

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — June 22, 2021 @ 8:34 pm | Reply

      • I found the author, it was Oliver Wendell Holmes. He said “Young man, the secret of my success is that at early age I discovered that I was not God.”
        My interpretation has always been that the human not only craves control but deludes himself into believing we have it.

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        Comment by The Pink Agendist — June 23, 2021 @ 4:06 am | Reply

        • If that OWH was “Junior,” then as a jurist, that is a very important finding! Too many judges seem to think otherwise.

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          Comment by Steve Ruis — June 23, 2021 @ 7:58 am | Reply

          • Yes, junior 🙂


            Comment by The Pink Agendist — June 23, 2021 @ 9:16 am | Reply

            • I think people shouldn’t name their children the same as them, it creates too much confusion. Plus, those who do this and the jumior of which is more prominent makes the senior fade from view. Separate name separate legacy!

              Boy, I really should be in charge! Think of it … on second thought, don’t–way too terrifying.

              Cheers my friend. I hope you are enjoying your beautiful plsace in the world!

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              Comment by Steve Ruis — June 23, 2021 @ 9:42 am | Reply

              • …it creates too much confusion — PLUS, it’s egotistical.


                Comment by Nan — June 23, 2021 @ 11:23 am | Reply

  5. I’m always astonished at how people attribute certain events, actions, feelings, thoughts, etc. to some kind of supernatural intervention, even in the face of evidence to the contrary. It’s almost a form of desperation.

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    Comment by grouchyfarmer — June 22, 2021 @ 10:35 pm | Reply

    • Does wishful thinking fill the bill here? Who would not want a Superman on their side in any dispute? I tend to attribute this tendency to arrested development. As children, we have these enormous guardians who can pick us up and throw us around and make us eat spinach . . . parents. And when we grow up and become equal to our parents, it is scary (I remember this). So, having a mega- or uber-parent in one’s back pocket is very reassuring. I just don’t understand how an adult can continue the idea of having an invisible friend for long, except that this is acceptable behavior which is endorsed by many people in their circles.

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — June 23, 2021 @ 8:03 am | Reply

      • I think you have a good point there. I suspect wishful thinking is certainly a component of this. And I think ego has something to do with it too. They like to feel as if they are special somehow. Conspiracy theorists with their ‘secret information’, wanna be psychics with their special powers, and religious persons who think god sits up nights admiring them, it’s all about making themselves special in one way or another, believing they’re better than everyone else

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        Comment by grouchyfarmer — June 23, 2021 @ 10:28 pm | Reply

        • I saw much of this behavior for the few years I lived in Marin County, CA. I saw two “believers” make up something out of whole cloth and then express belief in it in real time. Astonishing. In my coaching I warn that the person easiest for you to BS is yourself.

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          Comment by Steve Ruis — June 24, 2021 @ 10:13 am | Reply

  6. Dammit! I thought I aced the test! I just knew I must be psychic!

    Then I read your takedown 😉 Oh well, back to the salt mines…

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    Comment by shelldigger — June 23, 2021 @ 12:46 pm | Reply

    • If you were really psychic, you never would have been fooled. Liek Yahweh who has to spy on everyone, even though he already knows all that you say and do.


      Comment by Steve Ruis — June 23, 2021 @ 12:49 pm | Reply

      • Yeah, that guy creeps me out 😉

        Woo is woo is woo. Whether it’s religion, psychics, quantum BS peddling, homeopathy, ghost hunters on the boob toob, magic crystals, or the amazing powers of shungite! It’s all a version of the same BS. The con, separating the money from the rubes wallet.

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        Comment by shelldigger — June 23, 2021 @ 1:04 pm | Reply

        • My sister insists that she knows better than “the experts” and won’t get vaccinated. I haven’t chosen to do battle on this one (picking the battles I have a chance to win), there is such a long history of all kinds of scames like “GM has a carburator patent that allows cars to run on water but they locked it away in a safe” that I have to invoke Brandolini’s Law (,also known as the bullshit asymmetry principle, is an internet adage that emphasizes the difficulty of debunking false, facetious, or otherwise misleading information: “The amount of energy needed to refute bullshit is an order of magnitude larger than to produce it.”)

          They can spin it out faster than it can be refuted, even when we have the energy to refute it. Since it takes 10X the argument to refute, most throw up their hands and go all TL/DR on us.

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          Comment by Steve Ruis — June 23, 2021 @ 1:12 pm | Reply

  7. Lol! The very thing we use to put out fires is combustible with a magic carbuerator…

    I like this Brandolini’s law. Yes, the lie machine is always working overtime. Truth is out there, but it’s definately difficult to keep up.

    I seem to recall you live in a condo, in Florida? Not that condo? Right?


    Comment by shelldigger — June 25, 2021 @ 6:56 am | Reply

    • Condo . . . in Chicago! The water levels are rising … and falling … and it is fresh water. We are in a climate change island I believe: we have oodles of fresh water, no forest fires to worry about, the air temperatures have moderated, not jumped to extremes (warmer winters and cooler summers recently), so we are good. But that will not be the case for those dwelling on beachfront properties on the eastcoast.

      And I fully expect that climate change denying Florida will be first in line with their hats out looking for federal funds to ameliorate their “problems.” The best response to their requests for iad, I suspect, is “the Lord helps those who help themselves” and doesn’t help those who deny facts in evidence.


      Comment by Steve Ruis — June 25, 2021 @ 10:36 am | Reply

      • Chicago! Not Fla 🙂 My streak of being half right remains intact 😉

        Yeah. Funny how they bemoan them needy immigrants, poor folk, and those in dire financial jeopardy, yet are first in line for gov’t handouts if the opportunity arises.


        Comment by shelldigger — June 25, 2021 @ 12:31 pm | Reply

      • This — with their hats out looking for federal funds — is the truth that a certain political party wants to bury. IOW, they want to be able to run things the way they want … EXCEPT when the going gets tough (for whatever reason), they ALSO want to be able to call of the Federal Government for H.E.L.P!


        Comment by Nan — June 25, 2021 @ 2:54 pm | Reply

        • Yep, welfare/socialism for corporations and rich investors . . . stark capitalism for the rest of us. Because of the moral hazard, don’t you know. We don’t want workers to get lazy on the public dole.

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          Comment by Steve Ruis — June 26, 2021 @ 9:36 am | Reply

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