Psy­chic abil­ity – is it hered­i­tary? P

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sy­chic gifts can be passed down through fam­i­lies but I find they of­ten jump a gen­er­a­tion or two,’ says medium Avril Price. ‘Most peo­ple I’ve spo­ken to who are psy­chic have a grand­par­ent or great grand­par­ent who was or is psy­chic. That was cer­tainly the case with me. My great grand­mother Lizzie read tea leaves and did card read­ings for the lo­cal com­mu­nity.’

It also seems psy­chic gifts are more com­monly in­her­ited through the fe­male side of the fam­ily, al­though folk­lore tells of the psy­chic pow­ers held by sev­enth sons of the sev­enth sons. ‘I believe the con­cept comes from Celtic and Euro­pean folk­lore,’ says Avril. ‘But I’ve only met two peo­ple who are sev­enth chil­dren. Both were women, and both were psy­chic!’

Doc­tor He­lane Wah­beh of the In­sti­tute of Noetic Sci­ences also be­lieves psy­chic gifts are hered­i­tary.

'There are many sto­ries about these abil­i­ties run­ning in fam­i­lies,' she says. 'I feel they likely are, con­sid­er­ing I come from a long line of chan­nels in my fam­ily.

'That be­ing said, there is lit­tle sci­en­tific ev­i­dence that this is true, be­cause it hasn't been stud­ied. Al­though, at the in­sti­tute we are cur­rently con­duct­ing a study to an­a­lyse if there is a ge­netic com­po­nent to these psy­chic skills.'

Avril, how­ever, be­lieves psy­chic abil­i­ties can be learnt too. ‘It can be a case of na­ture and nur­ture. For in­stance, Lizzie taught my grand­fa­ther, Harry, to do card read­ings and use his in­tu­ition. But he wasn’t gifted in the same way she was, he just saw it as a bit of fun.'

‘Psy­chic gifts

of­ten jump a gen­er­a­tion’

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