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Originally posted by pondrthis
Many people have described "psy" capabilities to me both on and off ATS. By "psy", I am specifically referring to things such as divination, remote viewing, astral projection, telepathy, and similar techniques not excluding physical events such as telekinesis, though I myself have never met a telekinetic human. One thing I've noted in my real-life encounters is that the majority of these gifted individuals are women. My mother swears she communicated with two deceased grandparents during dreams on two different occasions, and my sister has provided a multitude of interesting prophetic visions which have come true, also in dreams. (In case this is relevant, she is my younger sister, and I am the eldest son.) Last but certainly not least, tradition remembers oracles and seers of ancient times as stereotypically female.
So I pose two questions: are "psy" powers more common in women than men? Is this because of some draw the occult has on women, making them take dreams/visions more seriously, or is this because of some innate difference in attunement between the genders?
Secondly, are "psy" powers inheritable? Which factors make someone more or less likely to inherit the power? Is there a link between inheritance and its prominence in women?
For the record, I have no "psy" powers, and don't particularly want any. My family situation merely makes me wonder!