Misty blue by *Susie*
I’ve recently been watching a new TV show called Psychic Kids on A&E. I’ve always been interested in the paranormal, and children (teenagers mostly) are so interesting to observe since they have less life experience and therefore less preconceived notions than we adults. Their reactions are more vivid and fresh, and even when scared or uncertain; they retain a natural curiosity about what is happening to them.
The series investigates a variety of children, usually 2-3 per episode, to discover their exceptional abilities and to aid both children and parents in finding ways to cope with the unique circumstances that arise. While most of the kids see ghosts of the deceased, quite a few have empathic ability as well, which means they can tune in to the feelings of those around them – even if those people are already dead.
Many of the children feel insecure and confused. Their encounters occur unexpectedly and often repeatedly. They may have physical effects as well such as headaches, tingling, hot or cold flashes and other reactions. Besides these unusual incidents, many have met with disbelief and discomfort when discussing these events with others. Even within their own families it may be dismissed as overactive imaginations or a cry for attention.
Host Chip Coffey may be familiar to some viewers from his appearances on Paranormal State, another supernatural-based show on A&E. Co-host Dr. Lisa Miller is a psychologist who counsels the families with the questions and concerns that arise from these unusual events. “Is my child crazy? How can I make my child feel safe from something I can’t even see?” Together they give the families the tools to work through their difficulties as well as a chance to meet other families going through the same situations.
Viewing the show I am hit with one intense feeling; that no matter whether you believe in these abilities or not, helping a teen cope with the overwhelming emotions that are generated must be of prime importance. The strain of keeping their experiences bottled up, of being afraid to speak of them for fear of ridicule is immensely powerful. We all fear the unknown, but being unable to get the feedback and interaction with others, we feel alienated and alone.
The bizarre and unusual have a great attraction. Ghosts draw us in because proof of ghosts is proof of existence after death. Psychics and mediums fascinate us because they offer a glimpse into another world, a different dimension. There is a comfort in the thought of a beloved grandmother, father, or guardian angel watching over us and giving us thoughts and messages to guide us in life. Watching children seeing and hearing these apparitions is interesting because they are innocent and honest. Their excitement is contagious and very believable.
To tune in and discover it for yourself, check it out Monday nights at 10pm on A&E.