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Do Spells REALLY Work? #Halloween

by Maryann Pisano on October 4, 2015


The information presented in this website and the comments from Dr. Hughes are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or psychological disorder. The information presented is not a substitute for medical, psychological or psychiatric treatment. You are advised to seek professional medical and psychological help as necessary.


Hi Dr. Hughes!  Are people mentally able to be “psychic?”  Do spells really work?

Great questions!

Some people believe that they are psychic—I think that some people are simply more intuitive and are able to pay close attention to things that most of us would let go unnoticed.  For example, if you notice someone looks a bit tired, you see them go to the drinking fountain and take some pills, and you then seen them sigh heavily, you may encode that information.  Later, when someone asks where that person is, you may announce that you bet they went home sick.  Psychic!  Other people may have seen the same person earlier but didn’t encode the sense of the person being tired, didn’t even think twice about the water fountain, and didn’t notice a sigh.  So if you want to be psychic, the best thing to do is pay attention.  Look for trends.  And test out your predictions!

Spells do not likely really work; however, many people claim that after performing a spell, things change for them.  Why is this?  Well if we believe that doing a spell will have an effect, we will then be constantly searching for a sign of that effect.  And when we search, we can usually find something.  So if you do a spell that is supposed to bring you good news, you will then be vigilant for any good news.  Even if the good news is that you ordered a small French Fries and got a medium instead—you will then attribute that to the spell.  The real power isn’t in the spell itself; it’s in the belief that the spell will work.

Dr. Carsi Hughes received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Northwestern University Medical School. She is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in adult psychopathology, clinical neuropsychology, and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Academic appointments include Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology and Post Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Studies at Dominican University.

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