List of psychic abilities

This is a list of psychic abilities that have been attributed to real-world people. Many of these abilities pertain to variations of extrasensory perception or the sixth sense. Superhuman abilities from fiction are not included.

Psychic abilities

  • Astral projection or mental projection – The ability to voluntarily project an astral body or mental body, being associated with the out-of-body experience, in which one’s consciousness is felt to temporarily separate from the physical body.[1][page needed]
  • Atmokinesis – The ability to control the weather such as calling rainfall or storms.
  • Automatic writing – The ability to draw or write without conscious intent.[2][page needed]
  • Bilocation – The ability to be present in two different places at the same time, usually attributed to a saint.
  • Cryokinesis - The ability to control ice or cold with one's mind.
  • Curse – Any expressed wish that some form of adversity or misfortune will befall or attach to one or more persons, a place, or an object.
  • Energy medicine – The ability to heal with one's own empathic, etheric, astral, mental or spiritual energy.[3]
  • Ergokinesis – The ability to influence the movement of energy, such as electricity, without direct interaction.
  • Hydrokinesis – The ability to control water with one's mind.
  • Iddhi – Psychic abilities gained through Buddhist meditation.
  • Illusions – The ability to conjure up illusions from one’s mind.
  • Inedia – The ability to survive without eating or drinking, multiple cases have resulted in starvation or dehydration.
  • Invisibility – The ability to turn oneself invisible.
  • Levitation or transvection – The ability to float or fly by mystical means.[4][page needed]
  • Materialization — The creation of objects and material or the appearance of matter from unknown sources.[5]
  • Mediumship or channeling – The ability to communicate with spirits.[6]
  • Mind Control – The ability to control someone’s mind.
  • Petrification — The power to turn a living being to stone by looking them in the eye.
  • Phytokinesis — The ability to control plants with one's mind.[citation needed]
  • Prophecy (also prediction, premonition, or prognostication) — the ability to foretell events, without using induction or deduction from known facts.[7]
  • Psychic surgery – The ability to remove disease or disorder within or over the body tissue via an "energetic" disruption that heals immediately afterwards.[8]
  • Pyrokinesis – The ability to control flames, fire, or heat using one's mind.
  • Psychic Hold – The ability to throw an electric current as if it is a rope.
  • Shapeshifting or transformation — The ability to physically transform the user's body into anything.
  • Telekinesis or Psychokinesis – The ability to influence a physical system without physical interaction, typically manifesting as being able to exert force, control objects and move matter with one's mind.[9]
  • Teleportation – The ability is the hypothetical transfer of matter or energy from one point to another without traversing the physical space between them.
  • Thoughtography – The ability to impress an image by 'burning' it on a surface using one's own mind only.
  • Time Travel – The ability to escape the flow of time by jumping to either the past or the future.
  • Witnessing – The gift of being visited by high profile spiritual beings such as Mary, Jesus or Fudosama (Acala).
  • Xenoglossy — The ability of a person to suddenly learn to write and speak a foreign language without any natural means such as studying or research, but that is often rather bestowed by divine agents.

Extrasensory perception


Extrasensory perception, or sixth sense, is an ability in itself as well as comprising a set of abilities.

  • Clairvoyance — The ability to see things and events that are happening far away, and locate objects, places, people, using a sixth sense.
  • Dowsing – The ability to locate water, sometimes using a tool called a dowsing rod.[10]
  • Dermo-optical perception - The ability to perceive unusual sensory stimuli through one's own skin.
  • Dream telepathy – The ability to telepathically communicate with another person through dreams.
  • Precognition (including psychic premonitions) – The ability to perceive or gain knowledge about future events, without using induction or deduction from known facts.[11]
  • Psychometry or psychoscopy – The ability to obtain information about a person or an object by touch.[12]
  • Remote viewing, telesthesia or remote sensing – The ability to see a distant or unseen target using extrasensory perception.[13]
  • Retrocognition or postcognition – The ability to supernaturally perceive past events.[14]
  • Telepathy – The ability to transmit or receive thoughts supernaturally.[15]


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