Actually, that’s a bit unfair to leeches. I got quite fond of them (eventually!) in the jungles of Borneo. Quite attached, actually!
But these so-called “psychics” are obvious frauds. I’d even call them liars, cheats and criminals. Larry King, Oprah Winfrey and other TV presenters pander to these psychics and it’s all about ratings and money. These presenters sold their souls and I have no respect for them. Their shows lend an air of authority about psychic abilities and promulgates the lie that psychics are real.
And this leads to scary situations where people in positions of responsibility take actions based on psychic lies information that have serious repercussions in society. Read this Bad Psychic article from Skeptico for an example of such a sorry tale. In brief, a mother was accused of sexually abusing her daughter based on a statement made by a psychic that a child called “v” was being abused. The mother was investigated. Luckily, the mother was able to prove her innocence thanks to the fortuities use of a GPS device. So much for innocent until proven guilty. But if that mother had not been using the GPS device then who knows how far that investigation would have gone. It seems that anything, even those based on fantasy, are enough to criminalise and socially castigate people in such situations.
Where are the controls to stop such aberrant and abhorrent behaviour from occurring? Are school officials the guardians of our children? It seems not.