I kept saying I would write this multiple times. This story involves the same girl from Frantic Energy and Can I Just Not See Them (I had mentioned before that she had proven me wrong and this is it).
She has been a friend of mine for years now and has always been very vocal about her beliefs in the paranormal and her ability to "read" people. Being the little skeptic that I am, I challenged her to figure out what I was concentrating on.
I saw it mainly as a game. I pictured a fish tank- one from my childhood that I used to watch before going to sleep every night. I cannot think of a time that I ever told her I had a few fish growing up. We only had them when I was little and I was not very attached to them.
I asked her what she thought I was thinking about and her instant response was: "Water".
Thinking that was fairly vague and a fairly easy guess, I asked her for more details. She went on to explain that she saw a fish tank and a gold fish in a yellow room. Yes, of course, my room as a child was bright yellow (I had a minor obsession with that color when I was younger, though I don't think I own a single yellow thing anymore).
The specifics of it were pretty convincing, obviously.
I pictured something again, without giving her any hints. This time I chose my swing set as a child (one of the ones with the slide and the covered area you could climb up to). It was set in our backyard, which was over an acre large. After a few moments, she began to describe a park with swings and a slide.
I gave up after that, mostly because I was slightly freaked out by the fact that her guesses were quite accurate to what I was picturing at that point in time. I am familiar with a lot of techniques that are used by the famous psychics, such as cold reading and fishing, but she was asking no questions and I was not speaking other than to ask her for details.
I am still a skeptic on a lot of people who claim to have insights into others. Emphatic abilities I have a much easier time believing, but I have met many people who claim to have some sort of psychic ability and simply don't (I have a friend who claimed to be psychic and would do palm readings at school, who once told me that I fell off the stage during a ballet recital during my childhood when I have never taken a single dance class nor was I ever on stage until late into high school thanks to crippling anxiety).
I am just not really a skeptic about her anymore. While sometimes I do require proof of things she has said, it's not an instant denial like it is with a lot of people