Fortune Telling 101: Why You Should/n’t Visit Fortune Tellers

Given the stress of day-to-day life, many people have turned to fortune telling to know about their future. Some argue that they do it because it is extremely difficult to deal with uncertainty and face the unknown. For others, they see fortune telling as a guide towards charting a better path for themselves.

I’d admit that even I am quite curious about it.

The art has been shrouded in mystery for so long that it piques my interest.

That said, regardless of the reason why you want to visit, do know that there are pros and cons to doing so.

In this article, I lay out the various reasons why you should or should not visit a fortune teller.

Why you should:

1) It can be entertaining

Some people may find visiting a fortune teller to be an entertaining experience. Some people may enjoy the excitement of not knowing what the future holds and the thrill of hearing predictions and forecasts from a fortune teller. For others, they see visiting a fortune teller as a fun, social activity to do with friends or family.

 2) It can give you guidance

Some people may find fortune telling to be a source of guidance or insight into their lives. Having someone impartial can give you a different yet valuable perspective about your life.

3) It piques your curiosity

As mentioned above, fortune telling has been shrouded in mystery for so long. As such, people like me wish to experience it firsthand; to know how things go, and to understand what it feels to have your fortune told. For others, they want to try it to know if they believe it or not.

4) It follows tradition

Some people may visit a fortune teller as part of a cultural or traditional practice and may find it to be an important aspect of their heritage or identity. For example, Chinese people tend to visit Feng Shui masters to help arrange things to create a positive chi in the household. Likewise, they go to masters to get their Bazi read to know their luck cycles.

5) It can bring comfort

Some people may find visiting a fortune teller to be comforting or healing. While it cannot be a replacement for therapy, fortune tellers can be someone that you discuss your problems with. They can help you gain insight into your current situation and help you chart a better path for yourself.

6) It agrees with your personal beliefs

Some people may believe that fortune telling is a valid practice and may find it to be a helpful tool for making decisions or understanding the world around them.

Why you shouldn’t:

1) It lacks scientific evidence:

Fortune telling is not considered a science by most experts and there is a lack of scientific evidence to support the claims made by fortune tellers.

2) Predictions can be false or misleading:

Not all fortune tellers are genuine. Some may make false or misleading predictions in order to take advantage of vulnerable people.

3) It can cause psychological harm

Too much reliance on predictions can lead to a sense of helplessness or a lack of agency. Likewise, a false hope can crush people’s spirits. These can be psychologically harmful. Know that you are the master of your own fate.

4) It can be addictive

In relation to psychological harm, overreliance on fortune tellers can cause addiction. It may create a dependency on the fortune teller’s advice instead of learning to make decisions on one’s own.

5) It may go against your personal beliefs

Some people may not believe in the validity of fortune telling or may find it incompatible with their personal beliefs and values. If you are like this, better steer clear of fortune telling.

6) It can be a distraction from finding real solutions

Instead of seeking answers from fortune tellers, it is better to focus on finding real solutions to problems by seeking professional help or advice.

Final Thoughts

Visiting fortune tellers can be because of a variety of reasons.

That said, it is important to remember that while some people find fortune telling to be entertaining or a source of guidance, others may not find it helpful or reliable.

Fortune telling is not for everyone—and that’s okay!

However, if you do believe in fortune telling, please don’t take fortune tellers’ words as absolute. Rather, take their predictions as a guide for self-reflection and decision making.


Denisse loves reading and writing about culture, history, and politics. Outside writing articles for The Singaporean, Denisse enjoys musicals, gaming, and Harry Potter.

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