Monday, August 11, 2008

Psychics and Creativity

Even those psychics who have very high sensitivity skills also have off days. And we know that personality tests measure the mood a person is in when they take the test and may not tell us much about the long term values or priorities of a person. Still just knowing what mood a person is in when some psychic ability comes to them will be interesting and perhaps useful.

Early in the 1900’s Frederic W. H. Myers theorized that there were some common factors in both creativity and ESP but creativity has always been a difficult personality trait to measure. That problem was solved in one test by parapsychologist Thelma Moss and J.A. Gengerelli when they chose to group jobs as creative or not creative. So they could find out how creative psychics realy are. In 1968 Dr. Thelma Moss and J.A. Gengerelli started a series of tests designed to find out how creative people scored on a telepathy test.

They paired up test subjects and tested their telepathic ability. The telepathic ability of artists (writers, musicians, actors, painters, etc) was then compared to that of non-artists.
The group was divided into pairs and each pair was tested separately. One of two was the Transmitter and the other was the Receiver. The Transmitter was bombarded with sight and sound show, down the hall in a soundproof room from the Receiver.

At the same time the Receiver was dictating his or her thoughts into a tape recorder. Then a selection from the Transmitter's slide show, along with one that was not from the set of slides the Transmitter saw, was shown the Receiver. He tried to pick the one that was shown to the Transmitter. On any given call the Receiver had a .5 chance of guessing right.

Also the subjects were looked at in relationship to how creative their jobs were. “Included in the sample were 38 artists ( writers, musicians, actors, painters, etc.), 19 businessmen, 28 students, 24 housewives, 20 psychologists or psychiatrist, 5 professional ‘sensitives,’ and 10 of various occupations."

After the first test was over an analysis was made (post hoc as they say.) And the artists proved to be very good, “the 72 teams were redivided according to artistic ability, the criterion the professional occupation. These three groups were labeled, ‘Both Artists’, ‘One an Artist’, and ‘Neither an artist.’

“Of the 12 teams in which both T (Transmitter) and R (Receiver) were artists, 11 score two or three correct ( p=.003); and of the 14 teams with one member and artist, 13 scored two or three correct ( p= .0009). Pooling these groups (26 teams), results give a probability of .000005."
Since it isn't good practice to change the purpose of a test halfway through, they did the thing again with another group and got similar results. Then the probability was .003 against the positive scoring that the artists group did.

So as well as keeping cool, the second personality trait that a contributes to a psychic’s sensitivity is that they may be in a creative mood.


Moss, T., and Gengerelli, J. A. 1968 ESP effects generated by effective states. The Journal of Parapsychology 32:90-100.

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