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The Invisible People


I have, for some time, been trying to get a media presence on the subject of the personality traits and social conditions for people who are psychic.  I would think, that given the human interest angle, that this would be interesting to the media, but I have tried to blog for the Huffington Post and others and unfortunately, no one cares.

This got me to thinking.  How extensive is this problem for us?  Is this just a media thing or is it part of a larger issue.  And I realized that it is the latter.  It’s quite a pervasive problem and it goes back a long, long way.  The problem seems to be that getting information directly is extremely threatening to the status quo because it bypasses the usual channels of power.  This goes back to Gnosticism, an ancient religious belief that God can be experienced directly without the intervention of church intermediaries.  As this is a fairly typical psychic approach to spirituality, it’s a good example:  Gnostics were virtually wiped out in the West by the Catholic church and when the U.S.A. invaded Iraq, the last of the true Gnostics over there were virtually wiped out when the delicate balance that allowed them to exist was disrupted.

Modern day governments have been known to be afraid of psychics.  On January 19th, 1944, Psychic medium Helen Duncan was arrested  . . . and eventually tried under the Witchcraft Act of 1735.  Nowadays, as I have demonstrated in previous articles, we have skeptical organization such as the James Randi Educational Foundation and the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, both of which essentially use dirty tricks to suppress parapsychological science and psychics.  The end result of such tactics is that mainstream scientific organizations have been given the cover they need to ignore advances in parapsychology.

But while there are plenty of books and people advocating for the existence of psychic ability, those advocating for understanding and accepting psychic people are almost non existent.  Parapsychological researchers and their organizations keep their distance from psychic people generally, -except as a possible source of funding- because of the fear of being duped by clever magicians.  There is a taint.  Psi researchers, in general, do not associate with psychic people and rarely engage them except to find out something about psychic ability.  Psi is, of course, completely ignored or trivialized in psychology textbooks and psychic people aren’t studied in any credible way and are generally ignored.  We are a very small minority, numbering maybe about five million people in the U.S. and it’s safe to say that our unique issues aren’t of interest to anyone else.  There is a grand total of exactly one book that I have ever seen that examines us and our issues with honesty, scientific thoroughness and in any depth.  (The HISS of the ASP by David Ritchey.)  (ASP, by the way, means Anomalously Sensitive Person, which is yet another way to bypass the word “psychic.”)

Consequently, one thing that I’ve seen as a result of this is that we become invisible.  To most people, you aren’t a psychic person unless you do it professionally.  That’s all most people know.  Certainly many people have had psychic experiences, but most people in this position won’t declare themselves to be psychic, they’ll just sidestep that label.  A woman I know wrote this on a private forum:

Everyone that I’ve corresponded with has initially had a very negative reaction to being called a psychic. Mind you, most of them have been from backgrounds that are not very open to such things. I haven’t come into contact with many people who have actively sought out such experiences.

I actually couldn’t even use the word at all for quite a while, because I just wanted to cry at the mention of it. I’ve been told that isn’t uncommon.

The first time I heard someone refer to me as a medium, I threw up. I was listening to someone I knew talking about such experiences on a radio show, and he mentioned me. He didn’t even use my name, he just said that a medium had had this particular experience. But I was the person he was talking about, and I freaked out a bit.

It isn’t logical, but those words can be scary and upsetting.

I avoided this label as well for many years, but it is psychologically harmful to do so.  It is a form of self repression and it adds to the problem because it adds to the overall invisibility and lack of collective knowledge about psychic people.

There are so many personal and social issues that go along with being very different from most people that this lack of knowledge can be very harmful.  (I’ve had several people read my blog and correspond with me who remarked that just having more knowledge about psychic ability and the personality traits that go with it made quite a difference in their lives.)

It isn’t just about the psychic ability, it’s about all the baggage that comes with it: the strong, sometimes uncontrollable emotions, the differences in thinking, the isolation, the subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) denigration and the strong spirituality all combine to make a cocktail of a personality that does not mix well in general society.  We are hard for other people to understand and this is compounded by a lack of knowledge.

This lack of knowledge leads to a lack of respect for our differences.  People can’t relate to us if they don’t understand us.  People can and do accept people with a wide variety of truly different personalities, from Asperger’s Syndrome to ADHD to autism to being bi-polar; these traits no longer carry the stigma that they once did.  So it’s not an unrealistic goal to be understood and accepted.

Nowhere is this invisibility more evident than in the field of psychology.  A search for ADHD yields over 60 million hits.  Schizotypal yields a scant 251,000.  The descriptions of the schizotypal from such august sources as the Mayo clinic are vague and unhelpful.  On other websites it’s pretty apparent that everyone is using the same sources as the wording is nearly identical.  A truly schizotypal person would not recognize themselves from these descriptions.  For example, none of the common descriptions mention one the most noticeable traits of schizotypals: creativity and imagination.

Invisibility creates unhealthy social conditions for us.  Unhealthy social conditions eventually leads to unhealthy people.  I’ve tried to expand the collective knowledge of who we are, but no one is interested.  It’s a topic that just isn’t important enough for the rest of society to care about.

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25 comments on “The Invisible People

  1. Teresa Laouari
    April 5, 2015

    I am also phichic I have been interested in this subject my whole life and would like to be in contact with people who have a real desire to do some research and also can help me with more information .

  2. Antoine
    July 21, 2013

    Hello again happy souls , just reading this today I finally remembered the word that truly irritated me to degree of maximum fear/ psychic. Have no clue why , but it truly evoked something within me that could make me burst in tears and continue being “invisible ” . I actually laugh how “mortals ” tend to vigorously and proudly deny existence of psychics ( as if it would be the most honorable thing ever they could do ) and yet at their critical moments , that do happen no matter what , that’s maybe why we psychics are here on a first place , they rush hahahahaha maybe even fly to us and try to find rescue. I don’t mind but then why ignore it and why pretend it is not here ?! Hmmm maybe it’s part of our gift to be endlessly gorgeous yet mysteriously scented that no one could see our true souls. Since yesterday calling myself psychic and to my surprise feel super happy and relieved. Many thanks for your thoughts here . Really helping a lot

  3. psifiwireless
    July 3, 2012

    This problem is definitely NOT a case of looking for love in all the wrong places! It’s about being able to be REAL and moderately COMFORTABLE while navigating normal workplaces, attending neighborhood BBQ’s, and just going about our lives as quietly as possible. It’s about shunning, intolerance, and smarmy disrespect toward anyone that exhibits anything slightly different than mainstream. It is a noxious intolerance of differences. We end up with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from repeated betrayals, disregard, even outright bullying, no matter how socially adept we are. This is a “not nice” society, and it’s getting worse, not better.

    • Peter
      July 3, 2012

      Why do you allow the opinions of others to affect you so much? Their ignorance has nothing to do with you.

      • psifiwireless
        July 3, 2012

        If you live in a conservative community, as I do, many folks are not CONTENT to simply allow your differentness. After a few months or years of trying to blend in, bleed-throughs happen. You say something without thinking which proves prophetic, you know something and share it spontaneously because you have known someone long enough to (supposedly) share how/who you really are. It becomes a paradox to them, and they attack the differentness. It ultimately boils down to fear. The fear is of change, fear of losing the tightly controlled perimeters that keep their life orderly and in control, keep them on the straight and narrow, or whatever. Psychics don’t have the option of controlling their universe. We are too busy adapting, interpreting and responding to new information.

        Being around a person who is psychic is not comfy for most people unless the psychic person is in a little box, i.e., they have PAID to see a psychic they don’t know personally, and came into the psychic’s territory to conduct that one transaction. Or they want to KNOW something, and hint around till the person rumored to be psychic tells them. But let a psychic person try to just be part of a normal group of everyday friends, or workplace and troubles start. This or that person is worried about keeping certain secrets, or another person truly believes psychics are crazy, as in delusional. Rumors start circulating, gossip thrives, and even though some of it is quasi-civilized, it is very painful for the psychic. Feelings are amplified, and every nasty nuance is felt.

        IGNORANCE, as a quality of being, pains me not at all. It is the active, negative JUDGEMENT of qualities in others, mortared in place by religious dogma inspiring condemnation of conflicting evidence, that I find to be the most problematic.

        • Anonymous
          July 4, 2012

          Along with ignorance comes judgement as you have just pointed out. If ignorance is of no concern then judgement based on ignorance is also of no concern. Perhaps you just need new friends, ones with whom you do not demonstrate your psychic abilities. Cast not your pearls before swine.

    • Justine Neumann
      April 19, 2017

      I fully agree. Well stated.

  4. psifiwireless
    July 3, 2012

    Craig, this absolutely echoes my experiences and reflections. I have often tried to figure out why nobody cares, myself. The collective fear of not being able to control someone who thinks, feels and perceives independently seems to have been fueled by by the Salem Witch Trials and persists unto today. Thanks for writing about this.

  5. passenger
    July 3, 2012

    Craig, don’t be so harsh now. Skeptics are nothing more than grown ups who can’t get over the fact that they couldn’t have sex with their mothers so they go around showing off their masculinity (or penis) against others to feel superior (so says Freud).

    Seriously though, skeptics are nothing more than little children. It’s like trying to explain ___ to children who in return call you stupid. Skeptics are compelled to call other people “Woo.” Instead of actual discussion skeptics need to resort to name calling. It’s like those people on youtube who writes “fake and gay.”

    I’ve always found calling skeptics “Racists” to be the best way to push them aside. The moment you allege such things, they have no choice but to claim that they’re not racist or run away. Simple plan

    • Peter
      July 3, 2012

      Actually “skeptics” are fear-ridden. In addition to their egocentric world view, as you suggested, “skeptics” are steeped in fear and claim an allegiance to their version of rationality in an attempt to quantify and control their environment. Ironically, they never realize that it is their addiction to sense data and linear thinking that both creates their illusion of fear and prevents them from exploring what to them is the unknown in order to free themselves.

  6. tenayafreak
    July 2, 2012

    It might be that we’re forgetting to distinguish between psychic culture and psychic medicine. Deaf culture has a lot of similarities to ours–inborn trait resulting in difference in experiences–and one of the biggest things they have is that distinction. Maybe we should focus on creating psychic *culture*, and having that be recognized. The research will be part of the culture, and having that culture will help it along–after all, what scammer is going to be able to fake being part of a different culture, let alone want to be part of what will, in all honesty, probably be the next gay rights movement? :p

    • craigweiler
      July 2, 2012

      The one thing we don’t have is the numbers, as far as I know. With somewhere around 5 million people total in the U.S., it’s really hard to generate the kind of force that the gay rights and civil rights movements had.

  7. Lynn
    July 1, 2012

    You’re a courageous guy. But I guess you know the road isn’t going to be smooth. I agree strongly that the respect for and consequent treatment of psychic people (for lack of a better term) is very low. Is it any wonder that most just clam up about it, rather than face ridicule or downright persecution?

    The irony is that the close-mindedness and prejudices of non-believers only closes the door to THEM to further and deeper understandings. Their loss.

    Kudos to you for caring to enlighten the skeptics. But it’s not going to be an easy task.

    • craigweiler
      July 1, 2012

      Thank you. I know better than to try to convince skeptics. They are really a minority. It’s the rest of the people I’m interested in.

  8. Bernadett-B
    July 1, 2012

    Nice evaluation of a problem but I only agree with half of it.
    I see it’s quite the opposite actually what’s happening. The emergence of mediums and tv psychics into public eye did not result in more acceptance and interest in the issue it resulted with more marginalization. Sceptics use these tv/book medium’s popularity as a proof that the whole thing is just for money and fame and it’s all fake, thus dismissing the whole issue all together. The general public, though watching these shows, accepts that not everything you see on tv or read is real thus also dismissing the reality of it not to mention accepting it as sth that can be present in their everyday lives.

    So it’s not going mainstream that should be the goal. The goal should be getting real acceptance from the scientific community, everything else comes after. Also making people understand that religious beliefs has nothing to do with it and these do not ‘either-or’ subjects. These are the steps that should be taken, not going mainstream because mainstream won’t result in more acceptance and understanding.

    • craigweiler
      July 1, 2012

      I’m not trying to bring awareness to the scientific evidence; other people are doing that far better than I ever could. I am interested in bringing awareness of the people into the mainstream. There is a lot of needless suffering.

      • Bernadett-B
        July 1, 2012

        I understand your point of view and your aim to eliminate the suffering caused by misunderstanding but I fear that going mainstream with it before it will be widely accepted in scientific circles, will only backfire.
        Though I can only hope I’m not right in that.:) But seeing examples such as horoscopes that are both mainstream and ridiculed by many I don’t see going mainstream as a sure road to salvation. I think public acceptance will be an end result not a road to less suffering. Most people have very limiting beliefs and they need authority figures (doctors, scientists, priests) to tell them what to accept and what not accept otherwise they won’t accept it. This is why I think they need to come first in accepting it as a matter of fact, the general public’s understanding can only come after that. But I will be happy if someone proves me wrong in this..

        • craigweiler
          July 1, 2012

          I’m aware that this is not easy or simple. It’s just my path. It’s not necessary to convince the mainstream in my opinion, just raise awareness and gain some respectability.

      • passenger
        July 3, 2012

        I think the time of knowing what is true vs false is gone. The world today is not the world of yesterday. to put it more frankly, the world is getting stupider. Instead of searching for the truth, we lazily fall back and allow authority figures to tell us the truth.

        Instead of reading scientific journals, we’re now getting our information from monthly periodicals or email letters or wikipedia.

        it’s a sad world and it’s getting sader.

        • Peter
          July 3, 2012

          “Instead of searching for the truth, we lazily fall back and allow authority figures to tell us the truth. Instead of reading scientific journals,…”

          Are those authority figures the same ones who write for scientific journals? Peer reviewed science journals are merely a new form of groupthink.

      • Passenger
        July 3, 2012

        @Peter

        I was referring to people who get all their scientific knowledge from BBC, huffington post, Salon, etc.

        Compared to when we used to scrounge research from scientific journals like nature

        • Peter
          July 4, 2012

          Again, science journals, including Nature, are merely groupthink vetted by people of a certain limited world view. Science, by definition, is incapable of of being aware of that which is beyond its very narrow parameters, such as psychic abilities, the spiritual or even consciousness.

  9. craigweiler
    July 1, 2012

    Thanks Peter,
    I’m aware of these other sites, but this is not what I’m gunning for. I’m looking to push into the mainstream; it’s what I’m drawn to and most suited for.

    • Peter
      July 1, 2012

      Craig, “the mainstream” is dependent on linear, dualistic thinking. If you want to convince them, you will probably have to change their mode of thinking to non-dual. Good luck with that one.

  10. Peter
    July 1, 2012

    Craig, I think it is a case of you looking for love in all the wrong places, so to speak. If you checked out sites on “spiritual emergence” you would find lots of people who know about and respect psychic abilities and who appreciate the sometimes problematic characteristics that accompanies that ability.

    Why waste time looking for acceptance among those who are fearful of what they cannot understand. Even in the psychiatric community there are analysts who are tied to a pharmaceutical treatment mode and who therefore are quick label psychics as schizophrenic or worse. But there also psychiatrists who are much more aware and do not treat spiritual emergence/psychicism as a disease but rather consider it to be a gift that needs nourishing.

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