….. Is it just me, or does this seem like a load of crap?
I NEVER watch the Tyra Banks Show … BUT i was flipping the channel and this caught my eye.
WHY is she promoting children and teens with undiagnosed psychiatric disorders as if they have some kind of “psychic gifting”?
These girls claim to see “apparitions” and “dead people” even speaking with them; see “auras” and can use supernatural powers to heal people OR to see the future.
These girls are all either preteens or in their early teens.
Now, i do believe in the supernatural (i.e, God, Heaven and Hell etc) BUT … all of this New Age nonsense about seeing and hearing spirits et cetera is clearly indicative of early symptomologies of schizophrenia. IF these girls claimed to see “Angels and Demons” they would be on medication; but they are claiming to see dead relatives and have “psychic visions” … so why are they being praised for it?
One young girl is claiming to see spirtis and spirit guides at least 10 times a day. She even gives them names. That definitely fits the criteria of a schizoactive disorder.
Is it just me? Or are these girls in need of treatement not praise for their mental breakdowns?
I probably should’ve asked this in: Social Science > Psychology but i figured i’d get better responses in R&S.
Also, as mentioned I do believe in the supernatural to some extent; but there is a major difference between supernatural beliefs and psychotic disorders.
*edit* I would have to agree … all of this New Age, Humanistic Highly Occultic Philosophy of Psychics and Tarot Cards and Astrology and Fortune Telling …. is a load of hogwash, and the most ridiculous and illogical thing I’ve ever heard of, plain and simple.
*edit* TomR: Well, honestly I am not so very big on Televangelists, though I am a Christian. And in all honesty prayer is not of the same essence as talking to imaginary people through auditory and visual hallucinations.
When we pray, we pray to the unseen Eternal .. we do not “see” or “hear” him.
These girls are experiencing delusions and hallucinations, which isn’t the same thing as closing your eyes and bowing your head.
In any case, i am certain that some evnagelists do have schizophrenic tendencies, but so do some people of other faiths also. And as mentioned, praying in faith isn’t the same thing as holding a conversation with an “apparition.”
*edit* George … i thank you for taking the time to answer, but i would have to disagree with you. Also, i do not think that the general population hears voices; and i most certainly would know if i ever had, which i haven’t.
So, that doesn’t make sense … how can you say, that people hear voices, they just don’t know it? I don’t understand that.
Also i do not believe that “the scriptures” attest to mental disorders as the status quo. I am not mocking anyone with such an illness, rather just disagreeing with you in this area.
As for trying to “talk to them” … no thanks. I am assuming you mean spirits (angels/demons?) in which case … you should brush up on your knowledge of scripture. We are not to entertain the occult or it’s practices.
Psychic gifts are natural. The God that you refer to is all knowing and all loving. People of your ilk have dumbed God down to a judgemental jerk. There is nothing new under the Sun, including spirits. The Christain God identifies himself as a ‘ Holy Spirit’. You have some work to do in your spiritual journey.
You sound like a person with a very narrow view of the World.
Yes, there definitely is a difference between supernatural beliefs in a divine Creator as told in the Bible, and in psychotic disorders. Mental illness is illness, plain and simple. I am not familiar with Tyra Banks, and from what you say, I am glad I do not watch her ! ‘Psychic Gifting’ is a lot of baloney !!! Psychics are baloney. Mind readers and witches are baloney. Fortune tellers are baloney, so are horoscopes and the people who write them. The only reality in this world is thru the love of God, as found in the Holy Bible. I hope this will kind of answer your thoughts here. May the Lord of the Bible draw you to Him, and may you learn to love and follow Him. He loves you.
im curious , when a televangelist like pat robertson says that have talked to god are they showing signs of schizophrenia?religious beliefs can only be taken on faith but ive seen people praised and elected because of them. evolution wise , we as a species have always wanted to know the future the fortune teller for an emperor probably had lots of kids if he was good and died quickly if he was bad. no one knows all we are capable of but i think it is prasiseworthy when people can stretch our abilities. ive got pretty good intuition myself and i think evolution is favoring those with something extra
Schizophrenia is not a mental illness but a label for a list of symptoms that are supernatural in origin. Those with schizophrenia are just some of the saints found in the scriptures.
They hear voices, just like you. You just don’t realize it. Example: Think of a time when you had a verbal argument with a person. When first separated, most people find that they continue arguing in their own minds. What is happening is that the original argument is still occurring, but in a telepathic manner. This happens to everyone. In this example, one can hear (telepathically) the words of the opponent with great clarity.
You might be interested in knowing that you can converse with a spirit with great ease. Try the following: Close your eyes and think, “hello, is there any spirit out there that would like to talk to me,” or a similar type phrase. You will hear the response in your mind as if you thought it. Don’t believe it? What do you have to lose.
That said, I do not recommend you do this unless you are prepared to have experiences just like a schizophrenic. Once the supernaturals know that you are aware of them, they will escalate the relationship.