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wasapi 7th November 2019 11:44 AM

Psychics R-Us
 
https://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/...cid=spartandhp

I came across an interesting article, written by a former employee of a phone service for people to call - with a charge - for advise from a psychic. Funny at times.

Griffyn 7th November 2019 11:55 AM

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeands...works-psychics

And this in today's Guardian...

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wasapi 7th November 2019 12:52 PM

Yes, the one i found was from the Huffington Post.

Bikewer 8th November 2019 06:19 AM

Some years ago, our local tabloid, The Riverfront Times, ran an expose article by a reporter who’d signed up for one of those telephone-psychic outfits. “No experience required!”

It was interesting, since mostly the “psychics” were given scripts to read... But also sad, since many of the folks calling in had terrible personal programs and were just looking for a willing ear... And they were willing to pay for same.

Loss Leader 9th November 2019 11:38 PM

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Originally Posted by Bikewer (Post 12885244)
It was interesting, since mostly the “psychics” were given scripts to read... But also sad, since many of the folks calling in had terrible personal programs and were just looking for a willing ear... And they were willing to pay for same.


You know, I read an article where they compared blinded patient satisfaction talking to a licensed therapist with that of patients talking to completely untrained college students (believing they were therapists). Satisfaction was the same. Then they had patients speak to a therapist over a speakerphone. Then they had patients speak to a speakerphone that had nobody on the other end. Satisfaction was the same.

So maybe, in a very small way, phone psychics are providing a benefit. I mean, we know that people who believe feel better after consulting a psychic. So long as they're not charging more than therapy and they're not charging for hexes or magic spells, maybe they're not doing a disservice?

You know what: as I wrote that, I realized how wrong I was. Licensed therapists can spot issues that need actual medical intervention - from medication for mood support, to serious intervention for neurological disorders. Also, insurance generally pays for some part of it.

Whatever good a generally upbeat and sympathetic psychic might do is outweighed mightily by the financial, medical and psychological harm their lack of training will cause.

Bikewer 10th November 2019 07:11 AM

In my first police job, I spent several years in “communications”, fielding calls from the public. I rapidly became aware that many of these folks didn’t really want a police report or any response whatever.... They just wanted to vent, to know someone was listening.

Cris 11th November 2019 02:10 PM

Quackery?

autumn1971 13th November 2019 09:22 PM

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Originally Posted by Bikewer (Post 12886909)
In my first police job, I spent several years in “communications”, fielding calls from the public. I rapidly became aware that many of these folks didn’t really want a police report or any response whatever.... They just wanted to vent, to know someone was listening.

I work at a gas station; it is amazing what people talk to me about.


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