The Characteristics of Clairvoyant Children

By Theresa Bettmann
When younger than three years old, children can exhibit psychic tendencies they later outgrow.
When younger than three years old, children can exhibit psychic tendencies they later outgrow.

Clairvoyant, which is French for clear sight, is the extrasensory ability to perceive information by psychic means. Parapsychologists, or scientists who study the paranormal, are divided regarding this ability in children. Some suggest all children are born clairvoyant, then outgrow it. Others maintain that clairvoyance is a special inborn gift, like talents in music, art or athletics. Several characteristics are associated with clairvoyant children.

Imaginary Friends

It is not uncommon for children to befriend imaginary characters that are only seen or heard by them. However, many parapsychologists suggest that clairvoyant children are actually connecting with their own spirit guides or other phenomena, like ghosts. Under scrutiny, children may talk candidly about an imaginary friend, but also insist that it is real. An early sign of clairvoyance is when a child is seen or heard speaking with his special friend.

Unusual Reporting

Clairvoyant children generally are involved with unusual coincidences, perhaps predicting an event before it occurs. They comment that they saw it or were told about it, attributing that knowledge to the imaginary friend or spirit guide. There are two types of clairvoyance, one being positive voluntary clairvoyance where the child can visualize encounters and control those images. This type of clairvoyance requires him to be carefully trained to use it effectively. The other type is negative involuntary clairvoyance where the child is unable to control what he sees. Both types are forms of Psi or Extra Sensory Perception (ESP), also called a sixth sense -- with the ability to see and understand things that others cannot. Such children are quite perceptive, appearing tuned in to their surroundings and other people's emotions with more acuity than that of other children. Thus, they often heed cues and react sensitively to the emotional state of others.

Psychological Diagnosis

At times, children labelled clairvoyant are diagnosed with various mental conditions, like Asperger’s Syndrome -- a form of autism -- attention-deficit (hyperactivity) disorder, or schizophrenia. Although an accurate diagnosis at times, it might be a misunderstanding of clairvoyant abilities. If children are misdiagnosed, then prescribing medications to control behavior is dangerous. A second medical opinion is recommended or visiting a reputable paranormal psychologist to rule out the wrong opinion. Additionally, the brain contains two small organs, the pituitary and pineal glands. The pineal gland has also been called the atrophied third eye, and both are connected with the involuntary or sympathetic nervous systems. In most people, these sense sources are inactive, but in clairvoyant children they are active and linked with the sensory ability to see images unrelated to input from the normal five senses.

Free from Judgment

Never assume a child is mentally ill, nor definitely clairvoyant without further investigation. Keep an open mind, observe in-depth, and listen to what is said. Record behaviors as well as events and other pertinent information in a journal. Avoid telling a child he is simply imagining things. Instead, be supportive, encouraging and tolerant of exploration. Normalize the experiences. There are also practice exercises to determine clairvoyant abilities. For each exercise, you need the child or receiver, the test giver or sender, and a neutral monitor. Conduct a series of experiments with a deck of cards or different colored objects, having the child guess the item unseen. Record the number of correct guesses and tally the results. A high percentage of correct answers given on a consistent basis can indicate clairvoyant capabilities.