psychometry n : any branch of psychology concerned with psychological measurements [syn: psychometrics, psychometrika]
Psychometry (Greek: ψυχή, psukhē, "spirit, soul"; + μέτρον, metron, "measure") is a form of extra-sensory perception in which a psychic is said to be able to obtain information about an individual through paranormal means by making physical contact with an object that belongs to them. In recent years, the term has been superseded in favor of "token-object reading" so as to avoid potential confusion with the psychological term, "psychometry".
The term psychometry was coined by Joseph Rodes Buchanan in 1842. Buchanan developed the theory that all things give off an emanation.
"''The past is entombed in the present, the world is its own enduring monument; and that which is true of its physical is likewise true of its mental career. The discoveries of Psychometry will enable us to explore the history of man, as those of geology enable us to explore the history of the earth. There are mental fossils for psychologists as well as mineral fossils for the geologists; and I believe that hereafter the psychologist and the geologist will go hand in hand, the one portraying the earth, its animals and its vegetation, while the other portrays the human beings who have roamed over its surface in the shadows, and the darkness of primeval barbarism. Aye, the mental telescope is now discovered which may pierce the depths of the past and bring us in full view of the grand and tragic passages of ancient history."''"
The concept of psychometry is a popular theme for stage act and Séance; with participants being asked to provide a personal object to be "read" by a medium or psychic. It was used as the basis for Johnny Smith's visions in Stephen King's 1979 novel The Dead Zone and its subsequent 2002 television adaption.
- In the Maximum Ride book series the character Nudge is psychometric.
- Terror Inc. is an assassin who can acquire the memories and abilities of certain people by harvesting their body parts and attaching them to himself; just using the outer ear of a submarine operator, he gained his hearing acuity.
- In the movie The Meteor Man, Jefferson Reed (Robert Townsend) gains various superhuman powers from a meteorite, including to ability to psychometrically and psychosomatically memorize by touch the contents of a book; by touching a book about karate, he can perform every karate move in it. Unfortunately, this power lasts only ten seconds.
- In the Richared Bach book The Last War: Detective Ferrets and the Case of the Golden Deed, the main character's parents helped her develop psychometry by exercising her imagination as a young ferret.
- In the Goth series by Katie Maxwell, the main character Fran is a psychometrist.
- In William Mize's PWA Shamus Award nominated mystery series, Denton Ward is a psychometrist.
- Kaos, the son of mad scientist Desty Nova in Yukito Kishiro's Battle Angel Alita, is a very unusual psychometrist in that not only can he read the memories of objects but can also absorb the talents and skills necessary for their creation; he gained the ability to play music through a Yamaha DX7 digital synthesizer once owned by Alan Parsons, the swordsmanship of Ryukisai Tachibana from his Muramasa katana, as well as the ability to recreate an entire wedding dress from its fragments. Desty Nova's hypothesis for the mechanism of psychometry:
Thomas Bearden to concept of Tesla (longitudinal) waves, discovered by Nikola Tesla, as opposed to normal electromagnetic waves (Hertz waves">HertzHertz waves, transverse waves). Scalar waves are longitudinal gravity waves, a neutral form of energy in which electricity, magnetism, and gravity come together in four-dimensional space (the time domain).
If we assume that the human brain is endowed with the functions scalar wave transmitter, human emotional energy is constantly being imprinted on surrounding objects (and places) as scalar waves, and the information is stored as a four-dimensional gravity potential. The psychometrist's brain is especially effective as a scalar wave receiver, and can detect waves of various frequencies.
If [this hypothesis is] proven correct, anyone has the potential for psychometric powers if the conditions are met. Furthermore, most supernatural phenomena — premonitions, telepathy, clairvoyance, ghosts — can be handily explained by the "brain = scalar wave transmitter = psychometry" hypothesis.
psychometry in Danish: Psykometri (parapsykologi)
psychometry in Japanese: サイコメトリー
psychometry in Romanian: Psihometrie
psychometry in Finnish: Psykoskopia
psychometry in Swedish: Psykometri (paranormal)
psychometry in Turkish: Psikometri