My name’s Bo Luellen, and I’m part owner of Psy Inc. Paranormal Investigations of Tulsa along with Candy Riggs. When we were designing our team, the idea of a “Sensitive” member came up. Should we have someone that proclaims that they are psychic and/or can perceive things about the supernatural that others cannot? Is there value in it for the client, and is there any validity which will stand up to scrutiny?
First lets define their role in our team. The Sensitive’s responsibility is simply to get impressions, but they tend to get drawn into much more. To the client, introducing someone on the team as a “Sensitive” can get you strange looks. I find it best to keep their role compartmentalized, and simply announce they are a member of the technical department or the EVP sub team. It is important that the Sensitive member not give feedback during the investigation. This can cause confirmation bias on the part of the teammates. If a Sensitive says they feel more activity in a certain room, it is best to get that feedback post investigation. This way you can compare the data gathered to the impressions of the Sensitive. The above picture is of Sean West, which while on my team, he was able to cold read several case details that the client had yet to share with some shocking accuracy. I’m proud to say that almost 15 years later, we have his sister Leila West on the team today taking his place as our Sensitive.
Part of the responsibility of the Sensitive is to take a Zener Test prior to any investigation. As most experienced investigators know, the Zener (Rhine) Test is a way of using statistical analysis to gauge results that could show a probability of knowledge beyond the normal senses. For more information, check out Zener Cards. The results of the test are taken into consideration when beginning and investigation with a Sensitive member. If they score well, perhaps they are more “in tune.” If they score poorly, then maybe they are having an off day.
In the realm of the paranormal, to have belief in the supernatural, one must be open to the abilities of not only the dead, but the living as well.
Coming Soon: Sensitives as an investigation Tool – Part 2: More than just Diana Troy, I discuss unexpected elements Sensitives bring to an investigation.
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