What Is Psychometry?

Understanding Psyometry

An Exceptional Form of Perception

Today people sometimes use the word psychometry in confusing ways. In psychology, the term references a complex field of study called psychometrics. It seeks to elucidate the way people engage in mental measurements.

Psychometry also refers to paranormal abilities displayed by some individuals who gather information remotely simply by touching objects. Some psychics have worked to develop this skill. It often forms the basis of psychic readings.

Psychometry And Psychologists

Psychometrics as a field holds fascination for many psychologists. For generations, psychologists drew a big distinction between “the mind” and “the body”. While everyone can easily understand how human beings use their bodies to measure the numbers, sizes and weights of objects, psychologists discovered mental measurements proved much harder to comprehend. Can anyone mentally visualize the number 1.5 billion, for example? While most of us routinely refer to very large (or very small) numbers during the course of daily life, the process of actually conceptualizing these figures proves controversial.

A few decades ago, a popular TV show in the United States called Candid Camera (and its sequels) created a lot of good natured humor by placing people on camera in nonsensical or confounding situations in which unexpected events totally caught them off guard. Pranks such as directing pizza delivery people to caller addresses on vacant lots sometimes created reactions which amused audiences.

Psychologists often engaged in somewhat similar strategies to investigate the process of mental measurement and perception. For instance, a group of psychologists instructed human volunteer test subjects to count the number of times the ball changed hands when a group of six people played basketball. After a person wearing a gorilla suit walked through the game, many of the ball counters admitted they had entirely failed to notice the unusual visitor! Similarly, pop psychology experiments available for review on You Tube have replaced individuals in the midst of routine conversations. Unsuspecting test subjects sometimes fail to detect the switch. Despite these types of widely publicized experiments, psychologists today still report they understand relatively little about psychometrics as a field.

Psychometry And Psychics

Psychometry also largely eludes scientists who study paranormal events. Some academic experts who cannot explain the phenomenon assert no evidence supports the existence of this ability, despite voluminous historical anecdotal accounts to the contrary. Since psychometry today figures prominently in so many psychic fairs, this fascinating endeavor does not appear likely to disappear anytime soon.

For centuries, some psychics have displayed an intriguing ability to discover information about events and people remotely, simply by touching objects connected with circumstances or distant individuals. This capability does not appear limited by the nature of the physical objects themselves in most cases. Depending upon the psychic, psychometry may involve the retrieval of either current or past information, or both.

Varieties of Psychometry

In the past, skilled practitioners of psychometry have relied upon articles of hair, jewelry, and other objects to recount certain events. Some gifted individuals have succeeded in successfully identifying chemical and mineral substances enclosed in glass vials simply by pressing the container against their foreheads. At least one psychometric psychic, a man named George McMullen, even assisted archaeologists conducting field research on early Native American settlements. He claimed contact with artifacts enabled him to hear snatches of conversation between the owners from long ago.

The famed psychic Peter Hurkos, who developed paranormal abilities after falling off a ladder and spending three days hospitalized in a coma, claimed psychometry allowed him to “read vibrations” emanating from certain physical objects. He viewed this unusual capability as simply one type of psychic skill. He obtained widespread recognition during his lifetime.

Some Illustrations

Two situations in which psychometry often provides practical assistance today include locating missing people and helping solve crimes. Although lacking a solid scientific foundation, this field has sometimes generated startling results.

Locating Missing People

Psychometry occasionally plays a useful role in locating the whereabouts of missing people, whether alive or deceased. For example, a Russian-born Polish psychic named Stephan Ossowiecki favorably impressed several parapsychology researchers in Europe prior to his untimely death during World War II (an event he foresaw). Although not always successful in performing clairvoyance, he reportedly identified the circumstances surrounding the disappearances of several missing people correctly following the German invasion of Poland after simply holding the pictures of these individuals.

In 1996, a psychic born in Belgium named Phillipe Durant relied in part on a hair sample from a missing woman to correctly identify her general location. He concluded she had died and indicated the area where the authorities would locate her remains. A passerby discovered the body by accident just two kilometers away from the site.

Solving Crimes

A professor of forensic psychology, Katherine Ramsland, reported one case in which a police department succeeded in identifying a murder suspect based upon a psychometric psychic's information obtained from the victim's earring. The case against the defendant rested entirely on other independent forensic evidence. However, the psychic reportedly furnished a valuable tip expediting the investigation. She claimed to have gained specific impressions from the piece of jewelry, including a visual impression of tattoos on the murderer's body.

A Fascinating Capability

Psychometry will likely remain a powerful tool for psychic investigations. While controversial, it does sometimes yield valuable clues about people and events.