There hasn’t been any scientific studies carried out on Fortune Telling addiction but despite the fact that it’s not considered a ‘true’ behavioural addiction in scientific terms this type of behaviour does suggest necessary mental health intervention.
Some people spend thousands of dollars on psychics and similar to internet gaming it can become a compulsive habit and similar to other addictions can cause a great deal of distress.
In a Canadian publication The Star, it explores the cases of some people suffering from going for frequent psychic readings and spending a lot of money resembling a behaviour similar to gambling.
In one case, after years of visiting a sequence of five psychics who shared as much as $25,000 (U.S.) of his money, Jack, a single father seeking to fix a broken relationship, resolved to quit the habit. But that proved far more difficult than he anticipated.
“It becomes an addiction,” says Jack, who agreed to speak on condition of anonymity to protect his family. “It’s like gambling; it’s like drugs; it’s like alcohol — you want more.”
Last November, normally aloof New Yorkers were shocked to read that a 33-year-old Internet consultant paid psychics $718,000 to reunite him with a woman who no longer wanted to be in the relationship — even after the woman died.
Niall Rice, a British citizen who made his fortune in search engine optimization, gave one psychic money for a 130-kilometre bridge of gold in another dimension that was to serve as a reincarnation portal.
Priscilla Kelly Delmaro, 26, was sentenced to four years probation for grand larceny after she admitted taking more than $550,000 from Rice.
Rice told police that he paid Delmaro, whose psychic name was Christina, amounts of $80,000, $90,000 and $100,000 — for the bridge of gold and a $30,000 Rolex — as she promised to find him the reincarnation of “Michelle,” the love of his life.
Rice had previously paid another psychic, Brandy, almost $149,000, including $40,000 for a ring from Tiffany.
“I’d go to Christina and talk about Michelle for an hour and go back to the office. She wouldn’t leave me alone. She was like family,” Rice told the New York Times.
His former roommate, Lauren Horton, told the Times that Rice seemed like a normal guy but she was alarmed when she learned the money he was shelling out.
“It was insane to me,” Horton said. “I told him many times he was out of his mind. He was convinced that if he didn’t pay her for the work she was doing for him, bad things would happen to him,” said Horton, who described Rice’s visits to the psychic as an addiction.
Psychologists concede science still knows little about the reasons why people addictively spend thousands of dollars on psychics. But there is growing interest. To read more click here.
Behavioural addictions will be discussed at the Australian and New Zealand Addiction Conference 2016, themed Alcohol – Other Drugs – Behavioural Addictions, Prevention, Treatment and Recovery.
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