Psychometry, also known as token-object reading or psychoscopy, is a form of extrasensory perception (ESP) or psychic ability that involves obtaining information about an object or its associated persons, events, or emotions through physical contact with the object. Practitioners of psychometry, called psychometrists or psychic readers, claim that they can perceive past, present, or future information by holding or touching the object, such as a piece of jewelry, clothing, or even a photograph.
Psychometry has been a subject of interest and fascination for many people, especially those intrigued by psychic phenomena and paranormal events. It has appeared in various forms of media, including books, movies, and television shows, which have further popularized the concept.
The practice of psychometry is often associated with the field of parapsychology, which is the study of psychic and paranormal phenomena such as telepathy, clairvoyance, and psychokinesis. Parapsychologists have conducted experiments and investigations in an attempt to validate claims of psychic abilities, including psychometry.
Critics of psychometry point out that there are alternative explanations for the seemingly accurate information that psychometrists provide during readings. For instance, a psychic reader might unconsciously pick up on subtle cues from the person they are reading for, such as body language, clothing, or speech patterns, which can help them make educated guesses about the person’s life, relationships, or emotional state. This process is known as “hot reading.”
Additionally, some psychometrists might use a technique called “Barnum statements” or the “Forer effect,” in which they make vague and general statements that could apply to a large number of people. The person receiving the reading might then interpret these statements as highly accurate and specific to their own experiences, further validating the psychic’s claims.
In conclusion, while psychometry continues to be a topic of fascination for many, its validity remains unproven and unsupported by scientific evidence. Skepticism persists, and alternative explanations for the seemingly accurate information provided during readings are more plausible than the idea of genuine psychic abilities.
Having added those disclaimers, I use psychometry to great effect in most of the sessions with my clients. I have found that it greatly increases the accuracy of the information that I receive.