The Leap Of Faith - New Study Finds that Having Faith in a Higher Power Coincides With Other Paranormal Beliefs

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A new study by indicates that people who believe in a supernatural power or divine entity are also more open to the existence of other paranormal phenomena.

People who believe in a supernatural being are also more likely to believe in magic, mysterious creatures, and aliens.

Belief in a supernatural being seems to open people’s minds to other paranormal possibilities.

Having an open-mind can be powerful, because it opens you up to endless and exciting possibilities.

It takes an open mind to believe in a supernatural power, be it a divine being, the Universe, Gaia, the Spirit, or the Higher Self. However, according to research from PsychTests, people who are open to the possibility of a supernatural essence don’t limit themselves to strictly religious or spiritual beliefs. They are, in fact, more likely to be open to other paranormal phenomena including telepathy, bad luck, curses, and aliens.

Analyzing data from 11,341 people who took their Paranormal Beliefs Test, researchers from PsychTests compared two unique groups: Those who believe in a supernatural power (the Believers) and those who don’t (the Non-believers). Here is how their views of the paranormal differed:

Compared to Non-believers, people who believe in a supernatural power also believe in the following:


  •     Destiny (91% vs. 48% of Non-believers)
  •     Soulmates (91% vs. 60% of Non-believers)
  •     Premonitions (87% vs. 50% of Non-believers)
  •     Prophecies (92% vs. 48% of Non-believers)
  •     Horoscopes (74% vs. 45% of Non-believers)


  •     Witches (78% vs. 34% of Non-believers)
  •     Black magic (68% vs. 31% of Non-believers)
  •     Curses (69% vs. 27% of Non-believers)
  •     Voodoo dolls (56% vs. 26% of Non-believers)
  •     Love or luck spells (56% vs. 26% of Non-believers)
  •     The adverse effects of negative thinking (64% vs. 27% of Non-believers)
  •     Levitation (62% vs. 31% of Non-believers)
  •     Telekinesis (68% vs. 35% of Non-believers)
  •     Telepathy (82% vs. 49% of Non-believers)
  •     Mind-reading (79% vs. 46% of Non-believers)
  •     Palm-reading (69% vs. 36% of Non-believers)
  •     Mediums (83% vs. 41% of Non-believers)


  •     Life on other planets (82% vs. 89% of Non-believers)
  •     UFOs (73% vs. 48% of Non-believers)
  •     Alien abductions (47% vs. 27% of Non-believers)
  •     Conspiracy theories that the government is hiding proof of alien visitations (68% vs. 37% of Non-believers)


  •     Loch Ness Monster (64% vs. 40% of Non-believers)
  •     Big Foot (61% vs. 38% of Non-believers)
  •     Lost city of Atlantis (76% vs. 53% of Non-believers)
  •     Bermuda Triangle (81% vs. 57% of Non-believers)


  •     Ghosts (92% vs. 53% of Non-believers)
  •     Restless souls with unfinished business (82% vs. 38% of Non-believers)
  •     Life after death (97% vs. 49% of Non-believers)
  •     Reincarnation (74% vs. 45% of Non-believers)
  •     Past lives (78% vs. 48% of Non-believers)
  •     Karma (59% vs. 28% of Non-believers)

“One would think that people who believe in a God, for example, would not even entertain the idea of aliens or Big Foot, but our research has shown otherwise,” explains Dr. Jerabek, president of PsychTests. “Belief in divinity or in supernatural beings seems to act like a gateway to other beliefs. In contrast, the only paranormal phenomenon skeptics believed in very strongly was aliens. For many people who believe in extraterrestrials, it’s pretty much a mathematical certainty that there has to be life on other planets, given the incalculable size of the universe. What this study has shown is that having an open-mind can be powerful, because it opens you up to endless and exciting possibilities.”

“It’s important to keep in mind, that a surprisingly high percentage of Non-believers, people who don’t believe in a divine entity, still hold a number of paranormal beliefs. While our sample may be somewhat biased - people self-selected to take the test - it goes to show that paranormal beliefs in the general population are alive and kicking.”

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PsychTests AIM Inc. originally appeared on the internet scene in 1996. Since its inception, it has become a pre-eminent provider of psychological assessment products and services to human resource personnel, therapists, academics, researchers and a host of other professionals around the world. PsychTests AIM Inc. staff is comprised of a dedicated team of psychologists, test developers, researchers, statisticians, writers, and artificial intelligence experts (see The company’s research division, Plumeus Inc., is supported in part by Research and Development Tax Credit awarded by Industry Canada.

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