Complete Psychic Ability List for Beginners

There are six types of psychic ability. And as you’ll see in a minute, they’re super simple to understand!

Best of all, you can use your gifts to help others. Or, you can just use them in your own life to make it more awesome.

Oh, and did I mention? This is all really fun!

Complete psychic ability list for beginners, including clairvoyance, clairsentience, clairaudience, and claircognizance.

Psychic Ability is like Snapchat or Facebook

Social media and modern technology are great because they help us all stay connected.

Psychic ability is awesome, too, because it helps us get connected with spiritual guidance and energetic “signals.”

My teenagers post practically everything (except maybe the color of their underwear) on social media.

The other day, my daughter gave our cat a bath. Of course, she had to share this exciting information with everyone on FB!

But the way we each found out was different:

  • Some saw her Snapchat story:  Picture of cat in the tub with caption, MY BABY
  • Some read her Facebook post:  OMG! I just legit gave my cat a bath!
  • I got a text:  Mom, I gave Sammy a bath. I only used 12 towels.
  • Nana got a phone call:  Do you think mom will be mad that I used 12 towels to give Sammy a bath?

The point is, we all got the message – even though the way in which we got the message was different.

Psychic ability and intuition work the same way. But instead of Facebook posts, Snapchats, and texts, we receive information through the different types of psychic abilities known as the clairs.

Psychic Abilities List – The Clairs

Seriously, you don’t have to be Theresa Caputo to have psychic ability. Anyone can begin to strengthen these abilities and you don’t have to be a professional psychic or medium to do so.

Let’s look at a few examples of how we could receive information with our psychic ability:

  • Clairsentience – Intuitive feelings. Having a sense about a person, place, or situation because you can feel  things energetically. Being an empath is a form of clairsentience and means you feel the emotions of others.

Example:  As an empath, you feel overwhelming joy when your friend gives birth – as if it were happening to you.

  • Clairaudience – Psychic hearing.

Example:  You’re driving along and, in your head, you hear, “turn right.” When you turn, you discover your favorite coffee shop is selling lattes for $1 today! Yay!

  • Clairvoyance – Psychic seeing with the third eye or “psychic eye.”

Example:  You’re at a cocktail party and you see faint colors around people – their aura. Cool? Oh yes, indeed.

  • Claircognizance – Psychic knowing

Example:  Your daughter asks if she can go play at her new friend’s house. Your answer: Namasta-NO! You don’t know why, you just KNOW that house is bad news.

  • Clairgustance – Psychic tasting
  • Clairalience – Psychic smelling

Let’s go into a little more depth about the list of psychic abilities:


Clairvoyance:  You receive psychic information in pictures, symbols, and little “movies in your head.”

Without a doubt, clairvoyance is one of the most recognized types of psychic ability.

It means you can see with your third eye or psychic eye.

I know a psychic eye sounds spooky, but it’s not.

It just means that when you get psychic information, you get it visually, usually in your mind’s eye.

You won’t see a Spirit sitting on your couch, scrolling her SnapChat feed, but you might see a color, number, or pieces of an event in your head.

You might even see an entire scene unfold in your mind!

It’s pretty subtle for the most part, and you may not even understand what the message means. Why am I seeing a cat in a bathtub? 

Clairvoyance Myth:  You won’t see creepy ghosties like in the movie Sixth Sense.

Clairvoyance is a really fun psychic ability to develop! Here are some posts that will help you fully understand and develop it:

what is clairvoyance


Clairsentience: The psychic ability that means you receive intuitive information in the form of feelings, emotions, or physical sensations. Being an empath is also part of clairsentience.

If you’re clairsentient you might:

  • not be able to use/borrow other people’s stuff or shop at consignment stores
  • feel like a “sponge” because you feel the emotions of others
  • feel energy overwhelm when around too many people
  • get drained quickly when around people

Have you ever felt this way?

  • Do you pick up on the thoughts and feelings of other people around you?
  • Do you feel like you need to curl up with your fuzzy blanket in a quiet room after a party?
  • Do you avoid the news because it’s SO painful for you to watch? Or maybe you saw an animal shelter commercial on TV and now you can’t sleep because your heart is broken? *Gulp* Been there, done that!

Here’s a post with 12 signs that clairsetience is one of your psychic abilities!

Many clairsentients know for certain if they are being lied to or if someone is elaborating or hiding parts of a story. If you’re clairsentient, you’d probably rock on the TV show, Big Brother!

If you’re an empath, you may feel twinges of pain when others are in pain – have a headache (yuck), or cramps (double yuck).

As a clairsentient myself, I can tell you that it’s super important to learn how to control your gift so that you don’t feel drained. This post will give you some tips on how to do the same.

Here are some more clairsentience posts that you will find super helpful:

what is clairsentience


Clairaudience:  Psychic ability that means you receive intuitive information in the form of words, phrases, blocks of thought, music, or other sounds and Spirit voices via the auditory channel.

Clairaudience is usually heard inside your own head. If you’re sitting next to someone, they won’t hear it.

Think of clairaudience as an INNER hearing.

Why is it internal?

Well, if Spirit started talking out loud like the voice of James Earl Jones, I think that would be kinda scary!

  • Sometimes, clairaudience sounds like that “little voice” from within.
  • It would be fantastic if our clairaudience had a cool British accent, but it usually just sounds like our own voice in our own head.
  • Can feel like “blocks of thought” that pop into your head.
  • You might even hear a warning, such as Stop! Or a message such as, Lattes on sale at the coffee shop!

Clairaudience is such a fascinating psychic ability, that I wrote a whole series about it.  You can read it here:

what is clairaudience



Claircognizance: The psychic ability to just KNOW something without any logic or facts. An inner knowing.

If it’s ever happened to you, you just know what you know.

You don’t know why you know – but boy, the message is loud and clear inside you.

Claircognizant feelings can be very strong and come on as a flash of insightful, random thoughts.

Claircognizance might show up like this:

  • You hear that your friend was diagnosed with an illness, but you KNOW he’ll be OK.
  • You’re about to sign a contract, but you know there is a mistake in it.
  • You awaken at night with an insightful answer to a problem.

It’s wonderful when we honor and act upon our claircognizance. These messages are a gift, for sure :)

More Claircognizant (Inner Knowing) Goodness:

what is claircognizance



Clairalience:  Is a fancy word that means psychic smelling. It’s the ability to smell fragrances from the spiritual realm… flowers, perfume, pineapples (why not?)!

Lots of times, Spirit uses our clairalience to let us know they’re around.

You might suddenly get a whiff of pineapple upside-down cake, and know your auntie in heaven (whose signature dessert was pineapple upside-down cake) is around you.

what is clairalience



Clairgustance:  Our last psychic ability is clairgustance which means an inner tasting; that is, you can taste things like chocolate without eating chocolate. Joy to the world!

This isn’t the most popular psychic ability, but it can be useful in giving mediumship readings. For example, if a Spirit loved to eat chocolate covered cherries, the medium might sense or taste chocolate.

what is clairgustance

Which of the psychic abilities did you discover that you have?

Next Step:

Now that you know about all of the psychic gifts, let’s figure out which ones you have! This fun post will help you discover which natural psychic abilities you have. Get cozy and get reading. :)

9 thoughts on “Complete Psychic Ability List for Beginners”

  1. Elizabeth Hill

    About ten years ago or so, I could and can still do is if someone has gone somewhere I can “see” them where they are going and when they would return. I would be on mark withing a few minutes or so. Do you know what it is called? And is there a way I can enhance it?

    Thank You
    Elizabeth Hill

    1. Hi Elizabeth! First, super cool! You may want to do some research on Remote Viewing :) It’s too lengthy to explain here, but it’s AWESOME.

  2. How do you know with any of the “Clairs” if it’s spirit versus your own imagination, worries, fears, optimism or projections on any given situation? I’m newly developing & I’m having a terrible time deciphering what is me and/or what is spirit.

    1. Hey Edward! I think this would be an awesome topic for me to write a blog post about. One way you can know is that the messages/feelings are always positive. It can also feel like the thought “popped” into your head out of no where, and is always for your highest good. I’ll plan to write a post about it :)

  3. Hi Jessica,

    Thanks for another great post! I had a strange experience a little while ago; I was meditating and my mind was wandering (normal for me), I can’t remember what I was thinking about, but I suddenly heard a male voice say my name in my mind. This was definitely in my head and the first time this has happened. I didn’t recognize the voice, it just happened in between thoughts. Has this ever happened to you? It didn’t scare me, it just startled me and kind of broke my concentration. Very strange experience!

    1. Amazing! Its great to know what that “Voice” is! It definitely surprised me, but in a good way! I know my Spiritual Path is just beginning, and it means a lot to read and share experiences! Thanks again!

  4. Hi Jessica
    I have always felt since I was young that I had something.
    I remember when my uncle passed away I was not at the funeral, but the day before the funeral I rang mum and was able to describe the coffin even the photo sitting on top of the coffin and described the picture frame?
    The last few months things have became a lot stronger , in the sense that I have a bit of all the 5 clairs
    I find when I’m doing little readings or getting certain things, I am on such a high ( energy from spirits) but when I am not getting things I am very moody and even depressed, how do I balance this feeling out???
    Thanks Nicky

    1. Hey Nicky, meditation of course helps because it will keep your vibration high and keep you connected. But anything you enjoy will have the same effect. For example, I’m on a coloring kick right now (Vogue coloring book for adults – ooh la la!). When I’m coloring, I feel so relaxed and happy and I can feel Spirit flooding around me. Answers to problems, etc. start popping into my head. The key is to find what works for you – going for a walk in nature, painting, drawing, crossword puzzles – whatever! :) And make sure you are using your intuition to guide you every day – that way you always feel divinely supported and connected.

  5. This was helpful. I now have a name for something that I have been doing my whole life. I am claircognizant. But I am not always right, except for when I’m crossing streets. Do you have any suggestions for strengthening my abilities?

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