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Strange Beliefs: We All Have Them



Strange Beliefs

The world is full of strange paranormal phenomenon and some of us wish to explore and understand it better. Whether it’s psychic healing, haunted houses, or paranormal beings, learning more about these phenomena is key to deciding what to believe.

Psychics & Healing

More than half of Americans believe in psychic phenomena. Just over half of people who have consulted a psychic believe they were truthful. Visiting a psychic can help people overcome emotional distress by validating their feelings, helping them to accept a loss, and revealing hope for the future.

However, psychic healing should be regarded with skepticism, especially where bodily illness or injury is a concern. In a study of the effects of psychic healing, treatment was effective at treating subjective symptoms, such as pain. The effectiveness of the treatment was related to how much the patient believed it would work. But the psychic treatment was not effective at treating objectively measurable symptoms, like high cholesterol.

Spirits & ESP

Half of Americans believe in extrasensory perception (ESP) and approximately 4 in 10 people believe houses can be haunted and that spirits or ghosts can appear under the right conditions. In fact, belief in ESP extends to the CIA, which performed a series of tests to determine if remote viewing could be used as a tactic against our enemies.

Remote viewing refers to a form of ESP were an individual can see people and places beyond the range of human vision. The CIA investigation, Project Star Gate, was designed to gain information on enemy technology, targets, and nearby hostile forces through the use of psychics. It became the basis for the film, The Men Who Stare At Goats.

Paranormal Creatures

From pixies to orges, paranormal creatures are a common feature of folk tales around the world. But what if these creatures aren’t just stories? Many people believe in local creatures and legends.

In Iceland, more than half of people believe in the Huldufólk, or invisible elves. These creatures are reportedly very similar to humans in appearance and behavior, but disrupt construction efforts when development threatens their land.

The Wendigo, a monster that consumes human flesh and possesses people to hunt and kill their loved ones is reported to live in the forests of the Great Lakes region, spanning an area from central Canada to Minnesota. The monster appears in legends from many tribes of Native American and First Nations people.

The Philadelphia Zoo supposedly once offered a $10,000 reward to anyone who could capture the Jersey Devil, a 13th child born to a woman born in the 1700s. The beast has been reported to have the head of a goat, horse, or dog on a kangaroo-like body. It’s bat-like wings, horns, hooves, claws, and forked tail makes it a terrifying sight.

Whether or not you believe in the supernatural, these tales of strange and mysterious creatures may make you think twice about what’s real. What do you believe in? To learn more about the world of psychics, spirits, and cryptids, check out this infographic:

Strange Beliefs

Brian Wallace is the Founder and President of NowSourcing, an industry leading infographic design agency , based in Louisville, KY and Cincinnati, OH which works with companies that range from startups to Fortune 500s. Brian also runs #LinkedInLocal events nationwide, hosts the Next Action Podcast, and has been named a Google Small Business Advisor for 2016-present and joined the SXSW Advisory Board in 2019. Follow Brian Wallace on LinkedIn as well as Twitter.