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Greg Pocha wrote at 2013-11-19 03:53:50
Hi Mike,



My name is Greg Pocha and I am also an expert in the Category of Paranormal Phenomena here at All Experts. I would like to offer my opinion on your situation. To begin with I believe that the heart of your concern is the fact that she has changed her mind about pursuing a relationship with you, and you are attempting to find a reason.



There is a good chance that the answer is not going to be found in the parapsychological, but rather the psychological. What it sounds like is that she has made a conscious decision to not get involved with you and is "rationalizing" that decision. Rationalizing in psychological terms is a defense mechanism. She is making an excuse and doing so utilizing something referred to as ad hoc hypothesizing. She is using her "abilities" to justify her stand. She is likely doing this on a subconscious level or she may be trying to save you face and pain by transferring her feelings to her abilities rather than facing you directly with her feelings. This is not to say that she does not have genuine psychic abilities. I am saying that she may be using them as an excuse, as that is what rationalizing is, to stay out of a relationship. That is neither paranormal nor parapsychological.



Mike, there is also a chance that by looking for an answer in the parapsycholocical that you yourself are guilty of ignoring the facts and are attempting to rationalize behavior. Sometimes the truth is a hard pill to swallow.



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Iím not interested in fostering a selfish or manipulative approach to the so-called paranormal. But I'm happy to discuss the pros and cons of paranormal phenomena, especially the psychological aspects of the paranormal--i.e. parapsychology. Questions about minors should be directed to a licensed professional.

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I run an educational website earthpages.org that touches on paranormal phenomena, among other related topics.

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Print Media:
My table from "Religions and Cults" at earthpages.org is reproduced with permission in L. Lindsey, S. Beach and B. Ravelli, Core Concepts in Sociology, 2nd ed., p. 157

World Wide Web:
My online article "Letter to God" coauthored with Buddhist monk, E. Raymond Rock, appears on several different spirituality-based websites, including http://tinyurl.com/db7a5o

I've interviewed, as a Christian, a self-proclaimed mystic: http://tinyurl.com/cawykr

My articles appeared at the former New View magazine nuvunow.ca and are published at earthpages.org.

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Ph.D. in Religious Studies
M.A. in Comparative Religion
B.A. Hon. in Psychology/Sociology
See my CV and letters of recommendation and my blog at michaelwclark.com.

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