During my research, I found that psychics aren't like you see on television or movies. But I had to keep up the illusion or people wouldn't think my character was really psychic. From what I've read and seen, most of the psychic abilities are feelings more than actual concrete information. In real life, I'm a bit of a doubter, but it makes for great fiction.
Here's a list of the different types of psychics, taken from List of Psychic Abilities and How They Work
There are four major intuitive abilities:
- Clairvoyance (able to see events)
- Clairsentience (feel what others feel; empathy)
- Clairaudience (able to hear something that's not there)
- Claircognizance (knowing something without logic or facts)
So for the psychic, they'd have one of these main abilities.
In my books, though, I was in that person's head. How did they feel about all of this? My character didn't want it. She wanted rid of it, and even begged people to help her get rid of it. The other characters did research, but they only came up with ideas of how to tune into those abilities. What did I, as an author do? I made her know things that no one else could know. She was part of the CIA, so she had to share her information, or people would die. But how could they cover up how they got the information? They had to get creative.
Thus, when you write about a psychic ability, go to the opposite of what most people would think--that the character is all knowing, all powerful, and make them vulnerable. It makes for fantastic conflict. Also, giving them more than one of these abilities while making them want rid of all of it really makes for a fun story.
Have a great day!