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Psychic Standards Research Survey

Goals and Methods:

This year is my tenth anniversary of becoming a professional reader. There's a lot more community mentorship and accountability with ratings than there was in my mother's generation. However, I find myself wanting more ways to create goals that stretch both myself and my students that I apprentice. Though ratings often show themes of accuracy, precision and courtesy, as a former school-teacher, I feel there is a dearth of standards in the psychic industry. Those provided by associations or commercial businesses often focus on ethical or surface behaviors and natural predispositions, offering good readers little room for growth. Eventually, I want each reader to be able to develop SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely) goals of their own choosing.

I have my own goals, but I'm biased towards my own personal growth and education. Using Bloom's Taxonomy of learning (knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis and evaluation), I eventually wish to develop an industry-wide rubric for myself and any other readers who choose to adhere to it.

On it will be descriptions of what it "looks like" when a reader exemplifies each of the client's desired characteristics, as well as what it looks like when a reader falls short. In this way, objectively measurable goals can be made by each reader to work on his or her weaknesses. I'm looking for the following groups of people to take my survey.

  • Psychic Readers who have also experienced receiving psychic readings
  • Satisfied Clients of Psychic Readings
  • Unsatisfied Clients of Psychic Readings

Please pass on this survey to any groups who may fit into one or more of the groups above. When taking the survey, you may post it as a comment, or email your answers privately should you choose not to share them.

The Survey:

1.) Let me know if you are a reader, a satisfied client of psychic readings, an unsatisfied client of psychic readings, or whatever combination of the three you might be.

This survey may be difficult to understand, so please simply use it as a guide if it is helpful to convey what standards you would like to see all readers in the psychic industry reach. In an effort to not preconceive what clients want, I used Bloom's Taxonomy of learning to cover different ways in which a student can improve.  If it is not useful to you, please feel free to express your standards in whatever way you clearly can. Please begin by familiarizing yourself with the verbs in the wheel below. The wheel shows descriptive verbs and products that a student can create to demonstrate those verbs. For each question, you may use some of these descriptive verbs to help you convey needs clearly in a way that somebody seeking to improve can understand.

2.) Knowledge (What do you want your reader to know?)

This pertains to knowledge of specific facts. Examples include knowing the names of each of their clients, being able to name all of the astrological sun signs or arch angels. Being able to recite a meaning for each tarot card.

   a.) What would a knowledgeable reader or reading be like?

   b.) What would a reader or reading with outstanding knowledge be like?

   c.) What would a reader or reading who falls just short of your expectation of knowledge be like?

   d.) What would a reader or reading who is not knowledgeable be like?

3.Comprehension (What do you want your reader to understand?)

This pertains to a deeper understanding of knowledge. Examples include understanding how each tarot card relates to the hero's journey, understanding the relationships between the planets in astrology, or comprehending a modern day relevance of Christian mythology.

   a.) What would a reader or reading that shows understanding be like?

   b.) What would a reader or reading with outstanding comprehension be like?

   c.) What would a reader or reading who falls just short of your expectation of comprehension be like?

   d.) What would a reader or reading who is not understanding be like?

4.) Application (What skills do you want your reader to be able to do?)

This pertains to specific skills. Examples include writing, reading tarot cards, drawing up a natal chart or seeing visions without divinatory tools.

   a.) What would a good reading be like?

   b.) What would an extraordinary reading be like?

   c.) What would a reading that falls just short of your expectations be like?

   d.) What would a bad reading be like?

5.) Analasys. (What do you want your reader to be able to diagnose or analyze?)

This pertains to the way that a reader examines information. Examples include interpreting a natal chart with regard to a recent relationship or helping a client decide which divinatory tool might best be used to interpret a specific question.

   a.) What would a good analasys be like?

   b.) What would a reader or reading with outstanding analasys be like?

   c.) What would a reader or reading who falls just short of your expectation of analasys be like?

   d.) What would a reader or reading who is not analytical be like?

6.) Synthesize. (What do you want your reader to be able to explain or organize?)

This pertains to what you want your reader to be able to create from their life work. Examples include writing a book on tea leaf reading or designing a new tarot spread to help clients.

   a.) What would a good reader or reading be like?

   b.) What would an outstanding reader or reading be like?

   c.) What would a reader or reading that falls just short of your expectations be like?

   d.) What would a bad reader or reading be like?

7.) Evaluation. (What do you want your reader to value?)

This pertains to your reader's ability not only to critique themselves, but also to justify their own work by what they do.

   a.) What would a good reader or reading be like?

   b.) What would an outstanding reader or reading be like?

   c.) What would a reader or reading that falls just short of your expectations be like?

   d.) What would a bad reader or reading be like?

Published Thursday, January 08, 2009 6:13 PM by Earthshod
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Comments

Friday, January 09, 2009 8:18 AM by Cydira

# re: Psychic Standards Research Survey

Wow! Alexandra, that is just fascinating! I hadn't even considered anything like this! Thanks for sharing it. I believe I need to give this some thought! :)

BTW: I just love the advice column posts. They're so down to earth and practical! :)
Saturday, January 10, 2009 1:25 PM by Earthshod

# re: Psychic Standards Research Survey

Thanks for considering participation in the study, and thanks for the compliment on my advice column!
Monday, January 12, 2009 12:29 PM by Fintan

# re: Psychic Standards Research Survey

We will post this on our blog and ask people to participate.

In order to make it easy for people to respond and collate information, have you considered using something like www.surveymonkey.com ?
Tuesday, January 13, 2009 7:33 AM by EarthShod

# re: Psychic Standards Research Survey

Thanks Fintan!  Yes, normally I might use such data collection strategies, but my blog host does not allow me to link to "contact" sites that can be used to contact me external to the site, and SurveyMonkey might unfortunately be construed by the administrators that way!
Tuesday, February 10, 2009 8:48 AM by Good Luck Charm

# re: Psychic Standards Research Survey

what a cool resource.  I have never seen the field treated with such scholarship.
Friday, February 12, 2010 11:55 AM by Discovery - Confirmation - Empowerment

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