Maybe you need to do some psychic grounding.
Honestly, I can imagine that it might be inconvenient to be psychic, if such things actually existed. Especially if you were telepathic. Consider what it would be like if you really could read the minds of the people around you. I don't know about you, but my mind is a continuous jumble of random thoughts, most of them inane, weird, and/or irrelevant. There is frequently musical accompaniment, usually consisting of whatever song I heard on the radio on the way to work. And like most people, I also often have thoughts that I hope fervently never leave my skull, because of the sheer embarrassment potential. If my thoughts really could be recorded, sequentially, they'd probably sound something like the following:
"I'm hungry... What did I do with my pencil?... Do I have a faculty meeting tomorrow?... Slip slidin' away, slip slidin' away... Wow, she's really hot!... Is 'occurred' spelled with one 'r' or two?... I'm cold... Oh mama mia, mama mia, mama mia, let me go... Did I remember to remind Carol to pick up dog food today?... Geez, that guy is wearing a dorky-looking hat..."
And so on. I would think that being telepathic would be at best highly distracting, and at worst the mental equivalent of being trapped 24/7 in a noisy bar. (A feature I worked into one of my characters -- the telepathic detective Callista Lee, in Poison the Well, due for release next month.) I know that there are people I have to interact with on a daily basis that I already want to scream "dear god, will you please just shut up!" at, and that's just from hearing what they say out loud. If I could hear their thoughts, too... well, let me just say that this could well be at the heart of some seemingly unpremeditated homicides.
Be that as it may, if this is you... help is on the way, in the form of the aforementioned article, which was written by someone who signs his name only as "Nathaniel."
[image courtesy of the Wikimedia Commons]
The gist of shutting down your psychic abilities lies, apparently, in "grounding" yourself. Nathaniel says that you can do this in the following ways:
- Stop noticing weird stuff. Nathaniel refers to this as the "11:11 effect" -- how you notice when a digital clock reads some time that is peculiar, and once you've noticed it, it jumps out at you every time it happens. He seems to seriously consider this a psychic ability, and in fact says that training yourself to notice such things more is a way to amplify your abilities if you want them to increase.
- Tell yourself you're not going to be psychic any more, until you say otherwise. It's important to include the last part, because if you don't you could risk losing your abilities permanently.
- Don't give psychic readings for yourself or others, and don't mess with "power objects" like crystals or Tarot cards.
- Create a "psychic shield" for yourself to stop negative people from throwing destructive stuff at you. There's a site that tells you all about how to do this, but I must admit that I still don't see how this could work, as it seems like all it amounts to is visualizing yourself as surrounded by a shield. Whether this could help with negative aura energies, or whatever, I don't know, but I suspect it might be less than successful if what the negative person had thrown was, for example, a brick.
So, honestly, I found Nathaniel's advice to be a bit of a disappointment. I'd hoped for more concrete advice -- something along the lines of, "To avoid picking up the thoughts of those around you, fashion yourself a tinfoil hat. Make sure that you use at least three layers for best effect, especially if you are using the cheap generic shit and not genuine Reynolds Wrap." But maybe it's better that way. If I had to go around all day with a tinfoil hat, I'd be the one people were thinking "dorky" about -- even if, at the time, my "psychic shield" was keeping me from hearing about it.