Psychic powers are something I read about often. The supernatural books I like have characters with powers. The most common powers you see are mind-reading, seeing the future, and telekinesis—moving objects with your mind.
I used to want to just see the future; I thought that’d be pretty cool, but then I realised that birthday surprises wouldn’t be surprises anymore. Then I thought about mind-reading, but eventually I passed on that, too. It you have the power and people can’t block their personal thoughts, it could feel like you’re spying on them. And if nobody knows you have the ability and if you answer their thoughts instead of their questions, you’re going to get some weird looks.
With seeing the future and mind-reading out of the race, I still haven’t been able to narrow the list of potential psychic powers down to one power. The powers are listed in no particular order:
Time travel. I’d like this ability because there are two people that I wish I could’ve met: Thomas Jefferson, my fave president, and William Shakespeare. I’d also go back to my childhood, and, knowing how things were going to be in the future and assuming things wouldn’t change, I would do things differently. But because things do change, and one decision could potentially affect the rest of your life, doing something different would change the future when I got back to the present. If I had this ability, I would only use it one-way; I wouldn’t go into the future. I wouldn’t want to ruin the surprise.
Empath. It’d be cool to read peoples’ emotions and affect them. You could also really fool around with people that way. You could make them feel pain for no apparent reason. You could also calm down someone you’re talking to if they’re angry, which could help you get what you want with them.
There isn’t a name for this power (or if there is, I’ve never heard of it). It’s basically the power to know a person’s entire life story by one touch. It’d be cool if you were meeting someone for the first time, you shook their hand, and you knew everything about them. It might be beneficial to you because some people are so secretive about who they really are. If you could know their story by touch, you’d be able to understand them. But there is a drawback—some people don’t share details about their lives because parts of their life are depressing and they don’t talk about it. Sometimes knowing too much is worse than being naïve.