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Public Intuition Project

Updated: September 14, 2022
by Psychic Source

Assessing Americans’ Extrasensory Powers

Key Takeaways

  • 85% of Americans believe in psychic phenomena.
  • Millennials are most likely to have psychic abilities, according to psychic assessment test results.
  • Taurus and Libra were the zodiac signs most likely to have psychic abilities, based on the average score of a psychic assessment test.
  • Self-proclaimed psychics scored 22% higher than those who didn’t claim to possess some sort of psychic abilities.

Seeing Beyond the Senses

We use the five senses of touch, taste, hearing, smell, and sight to interact with the world and make sense of what’s around us. But what about a sixth sense – extrasensory perception (ESP), otherwise known as psychic abilities? How many of us can see the future, sense what’s to come, communicate with the beyond, or know what someone else is thinking?

To find out, we surveyed over 1,000 Americans about their belief in psychic phenomena and whether they believed themselves to have psychic abilities. We then tested the participants using the Zener Test and compared their self-perceived abilities with their actual psychic abilities. Keep reading to explore the relationship between self-perception and genuine psychic abilities.

Intangible Perceptions

The mind is a powerful thing; how you perceive yourself can affect what you’re able to achieve. If you believe yourself to possess such powers, does that make it true? Let’s find out.

Psychic Ability Perceptions

Self Assessment

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Psychic Ability Perceptions Psychic Ability Perceptions
Source: 2022 Psychicsource.com Survey
On average, self proclaimed psychics reported becoming aware of their abilities around age 22.

We know that many Americans believe in the supernatural. Among our respondents, 85% said they believe in psychic phenomena in particular. In fact, 72% reported having consulted a psychic or medium (someone who can communicate with souls on the other side) at least once. But we were surprised by how many claimed to have psychic abilities.

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Psychic Ability Ratios
Source: 2022 Psychicsource.com Survey
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Clairvoyance

Clairvoyance

(Seeing, or otherwise becoming directly aware of, future events)

telesthesia

Telesthesia

(The perception of distant occurrences or objects by means other than the known senses)

mediumship

Mediumship

(The ability to communicate with souls on the other side)

Psychometry

Psychometry

(The ability to discover facts about an event or person by touching inanimate objects associated with them)

Retrocognition

Retrocognition

(Having knowledge of a past event which could not have been learned or inferred by normal means)

Psychokinesis

Psychokinesis

(The ability to move objects by mental effort alone)

Telepathy

Telepathy

(Seeing, or otherwise becoming directly aware of, future events)

Source: 2022 Psychicsource.com Survey

Nearly half of those we surveyed (42%) claimed to possess the power of clairvoyance (seeing, or otherwise becoming directly aware of, future events before they occur). Another 30% claimed telesthesia (supernatural perception of distant occurrences or objects). More than one-quarter (26%) felt they were capable of either psychometry (the ability to discover facts about an event or person by touching objects associated with them) or mediumship. On average, those who claimed to have these powers became aware of their abilities around age 22.

Nearly half of self-proclaimed psychics were sought out by a teacher.

Generational Sentiment Toward Psychic Abilities

While most Americans believe in psychic phenomena, their attitudes toward the supernatural have shifted over time. Which generations are the firmest believers, and which are the most skeptical?

Psychic Ability Self Assessment

By Generation

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Gen Z 81% Millenials 71% Gen X 75% Baby Boomers 61%
Source: 2022 Psychicsource.com Survey
Gen Z reported the strongest belief in psychic phenomena, with over 90% being believers.

The belief in psychic phenomena seems to be increasing. While younger generations were the most open to the idea of supernatural forces, baby boomers were the most skeptical: only 61% had ever consulted a psychic or medium, and only 37% at most claimed any psychic abilities. In comparison, 80% of Gen Z said they possessed at least one. Gen Z also reported the strongest belief in psychic phenomena overall, with over 90% being believers and 81% having consulted a psychic or medium. More than half of them (54%) even claimed to have clairvoyance abilities.

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Clairvoyance Telesthesia Mediumship Psychometry Retrocognition Psychokinesis Telepathy
Baby Boomers Gen X Millenials Gen Z
Source: 2022 Psychicsource.com Survey

Belief in the supernatural among millennials and Gen Xers was slightly more neutral than that of our youngest and oldest respondents. However, many of them appeared to share some beliefs: 71% of millennials and 75% of Gen Xers had consulted a psychic or medium at some point. They also shared similar ideas about their own psychic abilities, reporting a difference of no more than 5% for each ability they claimed to possess.

Measuring Abilities

While many people think they have psychic abilities, it could be wishful thinking. That’s why we administered the Zener Test; we wanted to examine how our respondents’ self-perceptions of psychic ability correlated with their true abilities.

More Than A Feeling

Zener Test Assessment

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More than a feeling - Zener Test Assessment description
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In a test for psychic abilities, the experimenter shuffles the cards, then picks out and privately observes a card. The test subject guesses which design is on the card, and the experimenter records the response. The experimenter repeats the process until the subject has guessed at all 25 cards.

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Probability predicts around 79% of people will select between 3 and 7 correct answers. The probability of guessing 8 or more is 11%. Zener Test Description
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A score of 8 or more is statistically significant and above-average, suggesting psychic ability.

After examining the results of the Zener Test, we found a wide gap between self-perception and reality: Only 9% of our respondents scored high enough to be considered psychic. Self-belief does have power, however, as self-proclaimed psychics scored 22% higher than those who didn’t claim to have psychic abilities.

Zener Test Results

Percentage with Above-Average Scores*

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Overall, 9% of respondents scored high enough on the psychic ability assessment to be considered psychic. Zener Test Results

*8 cards (32%) or more guessed correctly

Source: 2022 Psychicsource.com Survey

Men and women were nearly equally likely to possess powers, with 10% of men and 9% of women having psychic abilities. Generationally, millennials were the most likely to have psychic abilities (11%), and Gen Xers were the least likely (8%). Location may have slightly influenced respondents’ abilities as only 6% of people from the West had psychic abilities, while those in the Southwest and Midwest regions tied at 10% each.

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Statistics by Generation
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Statistics by Region
Source: 2022 Psychicsource.com Survey
On average, self proclaimed psychics reported becoming aware of their abilities around age 22.

We also discovered that the astrological sign you’re born under doesn’t necessarily make you more or less likely to have supernatural abilities. Taurus (15%) and Libra (14%) seemed to be the sun signs most likely to have psychic abilities (15% and 14%, respectively). However, a 27-year-old female Leo scored the highest with a 48% on the Zener Test. Perhaps our respondent’s psychic ability – or lack thereof – was more influenced by their moon sign, which can be more closely related to one’s subconscious.

Men and women were nearly equally likely to possess powers, with 10% of men and 9% of women having psychic abilities. Generationally, millennials were the most likely to have psychic abilities (11%), and Gen Xers were the least likely (8%). Location may have slightly influenced respondents’ abilities as only 6% of people from the West had psychic abilities, while those in the Southwest and Midwest regions tied at 10% each.

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Statistics by Zodiac
Source: 2022 Psychicsource.com Survey

We know that many Americans believe in the supernatural. Among our respondents, 85% said they believe in psychic phenomena in particular. In fact, 72% reported having consulted a psychic or medium (someone who can communicate with souls on the other side) at least once. But we were surprised by how many claimed to have psychic abilities.

A World Beyond Ours

The belief in psychic phenomena has increased with each generation, along with the self-perception of psychic abilities. While, in actuality, natural psychic abilities are rare, the growing belief in supernatural powers may mean that more people will recognize their abilities and work to develop them. As more and more people embrace their gifts and share them, we can all live with more clarity and a greater connection to the world beyond.

Methodology

We surveyed 1,008 Americans regarding perceived psychic abilities. To measure their psychic potential, we administered the Zener Test to respondents. An above-average score (eight or more correct answers) is statistically significant and would suggest psychic ability.

The mean age of Americans was 40 years old. Among them, 55% were male, and 45% were female. The generations surveyed were Gen Z (26%), millennials (27%), Gen X (26%), and baby boomers (21%). To help ensure that all respondents took our survey seriously, they were required to identify and correctly answer an attention-check question.

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