Does Abuse Increase Psychic Ability and Intuition?

does abuse increase psychic ability and intuition

I love writing fun posts, but today I want to talk about something serious. I hope this post brings love and understanding to those souls who need it.

Abuse and Intuition

Years ago I read a theory that intuition and psychic ability may be heightened in people who have been abused. (I’d give credit to the source of this idea, but it was about 20 years ago, and I can’t remember where I read it.)

If you think about it, you’ll see that this makes a lot of sense.

So, if you were (or are) the victim of abuse and are having trouble embracing your intuitive gifts, having this awareness might help.

How Abuse Increases Psychic Ability

If you’ve ever been the victim of emotional, physical, or sexual abuse, you know what it’s like to feel anxious and ‘walk on eggshells’.

If the abuse took place at home, you remember the feeling of your stomach tightening as you walked home from school, or drove home from work.

You may even recall the feeling of being ‘on high alert’.

In order to survive, victims of abuse learn to sense the mood and energy of their abuser and their environment.

That’s why, in an abusive environment, your intuitive senses become heightened, and get stronger.

As a victim, you notice physical cues, like:

  • He’s quiet today.
  • I’ve seen that look on her face before; I’m going to keep to myself so she doesn’t blow up at me.

In addition, you also begin to rely on your intuitive feelings.

Your intuition tells you:

  • Things don’t feel right today.
  • The air feels heavy and tense.
  • I can sense his mood is off today.
  • My gut tells me to stay in the other room.

Without even realizing it, victims of abuse rely on the intuitive ability of clairsentience (psychic sensing and feeling).

Intuition Isn’t Suppressed in an Abusive Environment

Intuition is a natural part of you.

All living things, including animals, are intuitive.

You’ve probably seen a cat or dog run away from someone they feel is not good, or heard of animals moving to high-ground before a storm.

Animals sense the energy around them, and trust their intuitive feelings. They don’t question it.

But as humans, most of us are taught to suppress our intuition and rely on logic alone.

In an abusive situation, though, intuition isn’t suppressed.


Because it becomes a means of survival.

Victims of Abuse Have a Strong Sixth Sense

Psychic ability and intuition are a lot like muscles — the more you use them, the stronger they become.

And since victims of abuse rely on their intuition often, their sixth sense strengthens. 

A child who is abused by a parent may (sadly) be more in touch with her intuition than a child who is in a loving home:

  • The first child has to sense and feel things about people and her environment to survive.
  • The other relies more on her parents to tell her which situations and people are safe.

When she walks out the door of her home and goes to school, it’s easy for the first girl to get a ‘feel’ for people and her surroundings. She learns that some people have kind, loving energy — and others do not.

This child is using the intuitive gifts of clairsentienceclaircognizance, and empathic ability.

She may also feel her Inner Voice nudge her. That Inner Voice is known as clairaudience, and is another way her intuition guides her.

Takeaways and Resources

It’s been on my heart to write this article for a long time. It makes me sad when people feel like they are abnormal because of their intuitive gifts.

I hope this article has landed gently with your heart and soul.

xo Jessica


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13 thoughts on “Does Abuse Increase Psychic Ability and Intuition?”

  1. So thoughtfully written, Jessica. There definitely seems to be a correlation here. Above all, I love how you are able to find the blessing in even the most horrific situations. (I was just talking to some people earlier today about the hidden gifts of illnesses — and how they might even heighten intuitive abilities. Your post seems to fit right in with these experiences.) Thank you for sharing from your heart…once again! <3

    1. Thank you so much, Dan. Oh yes, I can definitely relate to the correlation between illness and intuition as well! The still, small voice serves us well <3

  2. Beautiful ♡ I was in an abusive relationship and yes my instincts my soul always communicated with me. I knew I had to leave , be quite, still, not speak, and my soul had enough. I gained strength and left, even after leaving I always trusted my gut I instincts

    1. Thank you so much for the comment, Tammy. I can relate to the be quiet and still <3 I'm so glad your soul helped guide you. - Jessica

  3. Thank you for voicing this.
    I always felt it was true. Stating ones own strengths in ones own voice often leads to being victimized again. Also stating blessings from ones own situation leads others to misplaced judgement and victimization.
    It feels good to see it accepted.

  4. Susan Ellis-Saller

    Wow, Jessica – I had never thought about it that way, but it is so totally true. People learn to rely on “feeling” the atmosphere when their safety and well-being depend on it. Sad, but true.

    Well written.

    1. Thank you, Sue. I know a lot of people wonder WHY they are so intuitive. And many of them that I talk to do come from an abusive background. It’s so interesting the way our intuition kicks in to protect us. <3

    1. Ooh, I’ll have to check out your post. I’ve been trying to remember and I think it might have been an OLD Sylvia Browne book that mentioned abuse and psychic ability. Definitely seems to be a connection. <3

  5. Renee Austin Rivera

    Yes, you nailed it! I went through a very difficult time as an adult once I was told why I was hearing and seeing all the things I was, which was because I was a medium. There are 100’s of sources if not 1000’s of religious sources that simply tell you that being a medium good or bad that did not speak to me at all because I was raised in an alcoholic home with sexual abuse where there was absolutely no religion. I finally came across a scientific approach to psychic and medium ability that was like a needle in a haystack. It was the first abuse connection I read. I truly had no clue why someone with a past such as mine would be in a position to help people heal until I read the abuse/psychic connection. I then realized it would be impossible not to have my abilities because there was one other connection on the list which was a traumatic head injury- which I had also. I not only embrace my gifts now I enjoy them and use them to help and heal others.

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