people out there for whom a psychic reading addiction is a bonafide financial strain ...much like drinking, gambling or shopping addictions are. This is a very real problem, believe it or not. And just like any other addiction, therapy, behavorial adjustment, and a serious commitment to recovery are all necessary in order to heal. I would guess that message boards like this may tend to attract people like this because they can hide behind anonymity, and not have to face the fact that they have a problem that needs addressing. Addictions are usually someone's closeted "little secret," and wouldn't we all like to appear upstanding before the public, as though we have no problems, or at least believe
that's how we appear (the people closest to us see right through
our charades, like that "emperor and his new clothes" story, lol).
What inspired me to write this post is the infamous "Dr. Phil's" website, which I stumbled upon today. My hats off to "Andrea" and the others, shown below, who appeared on the show in the past and openly talked about their addictions to psychic readings. Dr. Phil seems to have featured the topic of psychics quite often, for some reason. I don't think these episodes are viewable anymore, but they are summarized on his website. I've posted a couple show summaries below. Hopefully, their stories helped people watching those episodes who were also struggling with the same problem. It's not easy to go public like that, and I really applaud their courage
to face their problems, get help, and make positive changes.
Guests of the Dr. Phil Show
Andrea admits she’s addicted to psychics and has even been banned from 10 psychic hotlines as a result of her self-proclaimed obsession, which she says started about 10 years ago. “I want the psychics to tell me that everything’s going to be OK,” she says. Andrea says over the years, she’s spent at least $50,000 on psychics and even lost her house because she spent money on calling hotlines instead of paying her bills. Are there deeper issues at play with Andrea’s obsession? Dr. Phil and John Edward work together to help get Andrea back in touch with reality.
Michelle's husband, Brett, thought it was a good idea at first. "I figured if she goes to a psychic, that's cheap relief. Eighty bucks, 90 bucks, she can hear what she wants to hear," he says. "All of a sudden I looked at our checkbook and it's like $6500 later. I'm like, 'Hell no!'" He's also concerned about the effect Michelle's obsession is having on their household. "Michelle and Michael (Michelle's brother) had no relationship before he died. And now, all of a sudden he died, and he's the center of everything," he says.
"My children started feeding on Michelle's sadness. Whenever they want attention, they'll cry about 'Uncle Mike.' I think I've lost part of my wife to this obsession. It makes me feel sad and abandoned because she cares so much about Mike...and the relationship they never even had
." Michelle knows it's gone too far. "It's starting to cause a real problem in my marriage," she admits. "I need to move past this. Dr. Phil, I'm obsessed with talking to my dead brother. How can I get over this?"
It's not the psychic readings themselves that are the problem; it's the addiction
to getting them that is. The same could be said for any other addiction. It's usually not the substance or behavior itself hat's the problem, but the over-doing of it, the over-use. Psychic readings themselves have been an accepted part of human life since ancient times (the paintings by John Waterhouse in this post
relate to that subject). People don't do things generation after generation because they don't work, but because they do. The fact that intuitive guidance is such a big part of the collective human experience perhaps evidences that people really do
benefit from them.
Many people express that they get a comforting sense of closure from psychic readings, as this lady explains:
I was in an abusive relationship and returned to my hometown an emotional wreck. I suffered from horrible depression and was pretty much just a damaged shell of my formerly happy self. I tried to get help via therapists, which really did not do anything but make me feel worse and become more of a recluse. My depression had caused me to lose so much weight that my doctor was going to admit me into the hospital as he feared that my organs were going to shut down. After months of struggling, my Mom and my Aunt took me to Lilydale, which is a communtity of spiritualists. I spent all day trying to find someone that had space to do a reading, and no one had any available.
At the last place I tried, this woman told me to come back in an hour. When I arrived for my reading, the first comment she made to me was that if I had not left him the day I did, I would have been dead by that evening. That and the other things that she said to me that day, helped me more than months of therapy and allowed me to begin my process of healing. By the time I left her home, I left with such a feeling of peace. She is also would not take any money for my reading. This summer I am going to go back to her and thank her for saving my life...
Source: http://www.glo.msn.com/relationships/ar ... 4626.story
So, does this mean psychic readings should replace conventional therapy? I hope not. Author Shannan Rouss explores this question in her article, "Are Psychics the New Therapists? Why women are turning to the metaphysical world to get through the tough spots
." Read it here: http://www.glo.msn.com/relationships/ar ... 4626.story
And here's an article about the phenomena of actual 12-step groups forming for psychic reading addiction recovery
: http://www.skepticblog.org/2012/12/28/t ... s-arrived/
Why do you
think people become addicted to psychic readings? What's your
opinion on any of this? Post your thoughts below!