We'll have a long and happy marriage and two or three children." How did this make her feel?"Relaxed and very content."Stephanie Lindsay, 40, a floral designer from Louisville, Kentucky, is a bit more cynical, and took her recent future-plotting trip to a fortune teller with a spoonful of salt.He's handsome, successful, and clever, and he's going to adore me."Going to? "We'll get married shortly after, have two healthy children immediately, and then move to a beautiful home in the country." As we raised our eyebrows, the usually sensible 35-year-old admitted, "That's what my psychic said, and I believe her."I'm not surprised by this confession.A recent Pew Research study found that women are twice as likely than men to visit psychics.Once assured Prince Charming will magically appear next summer (it's always next summer, it seems), the women lose their desperation and relax with a calm expectation of good things to come.The manhunt stops getting them down because they've been guaranteed the happy ending."His name is Richard, and he's a lawyer," she said excitedly.
There's something irresistibly indulgent about visiting a psychic: They talk about you. It's the ultimate ego-rub, almost like paying for psychotherapy without the drama, hard truths, and confrontations. "The main reason single women go to psychics is that they want to believe in something greater than themselves and their choices," says psychiatrist and relationship counselor Dr. "Many women feel that psychics offer insight into a life that may not be going the way they planned.But after a long period filled with heartbreak, divorce, and living alone, there was now a promising guy in her life.She could finally put her jealousy to rest and resume girls' nights out."The most important insight doesn't come from those willing to tell you only for a fee, but from the people who know you the best and care about you the most.Psychics, in fact, halt the journey of self-discovery needed in order to have a healthy romantic relationship."So are psychics the real deal or do they prey on desperate single women?