By Julia Crumpleman
Today’s question comes from Brandon:
Dear Julia, I keep seeing these flyers for “telepathic protection classes.” Are these worth the money, or are they just scams?
Good question, Brandon! Telepathy is a tricky subject to tackle, even for superheroes. U.N. estimates there are about 200 telepaths in the world, maybe more, making up a very small portion of the world’s population. The majority of these people are low-level telepaths with limited range and power. The big guns, like Professor Quinton, are rare and usually have other things on their mind, so to speak. Being caught in a psychic attack of any sort is a super rare occurrence even by superhero standards.
But protecting yourself isn’t a bad idea, either. These telepathic protection classes promise to “keep your mind safe and clear from any intruders,” but the American Psychology Association has raised serious doubts about their practices. Namely, how do you know if the instructor can be trusted? Who says that eloquent, bald man isn’t poking around in your head for juicy tidbits while proclaiming to set up mental barriers? And it’s not like you can test out your new mental barriers to know if they work until someone actually tries to read your mind. By then it could be too late. Still, the APA is constantly evaluating these classes and their methods, so be sure to check out their website for more information.
If you’re still worried about possibly psychic attacks, then you may want to look into technological barriers. Telepathy blockers are being introduced into the market, and they look just like Bluetooth headsets. Just hook one to your ear, and it provides mental protection (according to the manufacturers of course). There are even larger models that you can set up at home much like a home security system. They’re based on models used for military and government facilities, so they should provide some protection for you at home.
Happy thoughts, Brandon!