Many say that “paranormal” events can be explained away by science or coincidence, or even be a sign of mental illness.
However, one expert has argued that experiences such as knowing when a friend or relative is going to call – or having an encounter with a poltergeist could very well be a sign of untapped psychic talent.
dr. Richard Sugg, who taught at Durham University, is somewhat of an expert when it comes to the mystical side of life and is the author of 13 books, including Mummies, Cannibals and Vampires, Fairies: A Dangerous History, A Century of Ghost Stories and the real vampires.
The expert is currently investigating a new book, We Need to Talk about Ghosts, which spans from his father’s death in 1989 to his mother’s in 2021. He says she returned a week later to say goodbye.
dr. Sugg argues that women may be more psychic than men, and are often much more likely to have “feelings” about places and people than the opposite sex.
For those interested in the supernatural side of life, he has revealed possible signs of latent psychic abilities that you may not be aware of.
Psychic encounters happen much more to women than men — with a four-to-one ratio in poltergeist reports.
1. Have you ever been very shocked by a building or a place?
According to Dr. Sugg, this is a common theme when looking at a home or visiting a historic building.
He said: ‘If you get a strong feeling that you should leave or walk away when looking at a house or flat, you should take it seriously.
“Have you had such an experience and were laughed at by a skeptical friend, husband or male relative?”
“If an opposite-sex couple is going to look at a house together, you may want to just listen when the woman says she wants to leave — or doesn’t like the property.
dr. Richard Sugg, who has taught at Durham University, has written several books on the supernatural and the soul, and he says there are several signs that he is psychic.
“In the heavily haunted Essex house known as The Cage in St Osyth, countless witnesses have suddenly had unexplained feelings of depression or even anger.”
The Cage is a former village castle where drunks and thugs were held overnight.
But it is best known for detaining Ursula Kempe, an Essex woman who is accused and found guilty of witchcraft for living together and having a relationship with another woman.
A mother of two named Vanessa Mitchell bought The Cage, which is now a museum, in 2004 and it took 12 years to finally sell the house because people were “shocked” when they came to see it.
2. Have you ever experienced a poltergeist?
If you believe in ghosts and spirits, you may want to watch out for the signs of a poltergeist – often depicted as the trickster of the spirit world.
A poltergeist could easily be explained away by scientific factors, but Dr. Sugg argues that those with psychic abilities — especially women — may have been on the receiving end of their tricks.
The supernatural expert claims that having a so-called poltergeist in your house may not always look like a Hollywood movie.
dr. Sugg told FEMAIL: “His tricks can range from stealing objects or moving them undamaged to thunderous hammer noises, severe flooding and devastating fires. It could swing around objects the size of a heavy table or wardrobe and throw people out of bed—as happened to my old teacher Mike several times.”
He says a poltergeist can also produce odors without a source, from perfume or aftershave to cooking food or live tobacco smoke.
During his research, the lecturer says that reports of poltergeists seem to focus on younger women or girls and may follow them closely.
Cambridge-trained parapsychologist ARG Owen claimed the ratio in poltergeist agents was 4-1 female to male.
dr. Sugg explained, “If you’ve had this experience, chances are a male partner or family member will be incredulous or even annoyed to hear about it.
‘About two-thirds of the pubs I’ve been to in recent years are frequented by poltergeists and visible apparitions.
‘Interestingly, you can ask the female staff and the male staff in the same pub and get detailed persuasive stories from the women, while the men shake their heads grumpily and say ‘I’m not going for that’.
3. Have you ever seen a ‘ghost’ that those next to you couldn’t see?
According to the author, there are many well-documented cases of ghostly encounters that suggest that the ghost witness is not hallucinating – they may in fact be psychic and attract the “ghosts.”
He says animals can react violently to something no one else can see or hear — like when your house cat runs across the room for no reason or suddenly has a bushy tail and hiss at nothing.
The expert says photos picked up ghosts they didn’t see when they took the photo.
He explained: “Tape recordings play ghostly voices that no one heard at the time.
“As far as we know, machines don’t imagine ghosts.”
He describes what was recorded as a ‘serious poltergeist outbreak’ in an affluent Dublin house in 1841, the noise in the house was so loud that the family left the house and lost a large part of the rent.
He said: ‘And as so often the poltergeist followed them. Apparently he followed a young maid who was employed by the family.
“It turned out to be her brother, who had died in a train accident. He would come back and talk to his living sister and beg her to pay off all his outstanding debts to the local shopkeepers.
“Eerie enough, all the amounts she gave turned out to be correct when she went to the shops to pay off her deceased sibling’s debts.”
4. Have you ever had an out-of-body experience?
A significant number of people have reported leaving their bodies under a variety of circumstances: during near-death experiences, under anesthesia for surgery, or simply while sleeping – this could be another sign that you are psychic.
Doctors say phenomena such as sleep paralysis are explained by mechanisms in the brain, but during his years of research, the lecturer and author argue that these experiences could mean someone is in touch with their psychic side — they may not know it.
6. Did you see anything happening miles away?
In his book Telepathy, Clairvoyance and Precognition, researcher Robert Charman tells the incredible story of Dr. Elizabeth Mayer and her daughter’s stolen harp.
In 1991, Mayer was a pure academic psychologist working at the University of California, Berkeley.
In his book, she claims that her 11-year-old daughter Meg had a beloved harp stolen backstage after a school concert.
After hopeless attempts to track it down, Mayer turned to desperate psychic known as Harold McCoy.
According to the doctor, McCoy found the harp from his home in Arkansas 1,800 miles away, so precise that Mayer was able to get it back by paying a small fee to the person who had it.
This experience changed Mayer’s life and resulted in her 2007 book Extraordinary Knowing.
dr. Sugg said, “People can look into a room from the ceiling, or go through walls and doors and even fly.
‘There is also a small group of people who literally appear in two places at once, often according to need.’
It was said that in 1905 British Conservative MP Sir Carne Rasch was sick in bed with a severe flu.
He urgently needed to be in the House of Commons for a crucial vote. Just as the House gathered for the vote, it was alleged that Rasch was seen there by a fellow MP, Gilbert Parker.
Parker later stated that Rasch did not return his greeting and did not look quite himself. No surprise, as he had never gotten out of bed that day, but Dr. Sugg says this is a classic example of how “thoughts affect the body.”
5. Have you ever had a hunch?
The famous cases of premonitions are usually of great disasters.
Renowned doomsayer Baba Vanga spoke of “steel birds falling the twin towers” that are widely believed to predict the September 11 disaster.
The expert claims that a surprising number of people can predict small ordinary events, such as a phone call from a friend or relative.
He said: ‘Seriously, many people have felt a sudden overwhelming need to check on a family member or friend; arrived at their home and found them helpless from a fall, or the aftermath of a heart attack or stroke.
“Sometimes a person can feel severely agitated for no apparent reason.
This happened to a woman in the theater with her husband, and it got so bad that they had to leave the performance. She ordered him to drive to a number of garages, again with no apparent explanation.
“Then she pointed to a garage in line. They got the door open and found a man who exhausted his exhaust to commit suicide. They saved his life.’