Manipulation amd Influence by a psychic
Date: June 02, 2007 07:30PM
I had a similar experience with someone who claimed to be able to read others thoughts. He said it was a gift from Jesus, but that's beside the point. I didn't get any specific therapy or help for this, but over time I realized that I was only being delusional, because when a close friend manipulates like that, it can be mentally disturbing to realize it, and the mind can tend to reel with imaginary thoughts.
Eventually I realized I was just propelling myself through the feelings of betrayal by distrust in myself for not realizing what a weirdo my friend was.
The best advice I can offer is to use critical thinking as a tool. If he says "I know you're thinking about X"...
Then ask yourself, if he knew I was thinking about X, then certainly he would know some of my other thoughts, and why wouldn't he have taken advantage of this knowledge instead of just scaring me?
The answer will probably be that he is just a weirdo that has no life skills except to scare and manipulate people, and is only predicting what you are thinking- it'll probably be vague, or specific to previous interactions. So if you know that he is doing something illegal, that is your opportunity to put the fear back on him. Otherwise, just separate yourself from him.