The development of psychic studies took a leap in the 1920s when William McDougall came to Harvard from England and openly expressed his desire to explore paranormal studies. McDougall borrowed the term parapsychology from the German to show that he was serious in his pursuit of paranormal investigations. McDougall’s student, Joseph Banks Rhine took his teacher’s paranormal studies to a higher level. Rhine attempted to approach parapsychology scientifically. In fact, through Rhine’s effort, an organization for paranormal studies became affiliated with the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Today, paranormal studies and other psychic studies are welcomed in many universities. There are actually schools that specialize in developing a person’s psychic abilities. Some of the courses offered for the development of one’s psychic abilities involve palmistry, dream analysis, numerology, tarot and cartomancy, and rune divination. These courses were established with the purpose of helping one in developing his or her psychic abilities.
The development of psychic studies today is fast. Paranormal studies really caught the interests of many people. In fact, the universities are not the only venues for studying psychic powers. The entertainment industry and law enforcement are also influenced by psychic reading. There are television shows that showcase the psychic abilities of some personalities and characters. People with psychic abilities are also recognized for being great help in solving many crimes. There are now psychic detectives to help solve murders and other cases.
Although psychic studies did not earn the status as a branch of science, it still gained a wide acceptance.