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Mom Says Her Psychic Abilities Are So Powerful She Has To Wear Hoodie To Block Spirits

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A mom-of-one has revealed her extraordinary gift for communicating with the dead – which is so powerful that she sometimes has to wear a hoodie to block out messages from spirits.

Now 43, Sofia Grundqvist, believes that she has possessed paranormal abilities since she was born.

As a child, she recalls hearing and seeing things other people couldn't – but, scared when she couldn't find an explanation for what was happening, she "blocked it out".

Sofia recalls seeing "see through people" in her house as a child (PA Real Life/Collect)

Now though, she has embraced her powers and, on the side of her full-time job in production in a medical plant, helps people who've passed away communicate with their loved ones from the other side.

Sofia, who lives in Norway and has an 18-year-old son, who she doesn't wish to name, said: "When I was younger, I didn't know how to control my gift.

"But now I've learned to turn it off and on. I can pick up spirits every day if I want to, but sometimes it's exhausting. It sounds bizarre, but I've actually found covering my head with a hoodie helps block it out and gives me some rest."

Sofia in her hoodie(PA Real Life/Collect)

Looking back, Sofia said she was born able to communicate with the dead.

As a youngster, she didn't find it especially scary – perhaps because she was "only surrounded by good spirits".

She can recall seeing "see-through people" around the house, though she doesn't remember what they said.

Sofia as a child(PA Real Life/Collect)

She told her mother about what she was experiencing, but she, and the rest of the family, didn't think Sofia was really communicating with the dead.

She said: "My family thought the noises I heard were just the house creaking, or the wind, and that the things I was seeing were bad dreams."

Their doubt made her start to panic because she was unable to find an explanation for the things she was seeing and hearing.

Sofia says most of the messages she receives are from people wanting to let their loved ones still on earth know they are okay(PA Real Life/Collect)

She continued: "It gradually grew more and more intense, so when I had nobody else there to explain it for me, I grew scared.

"That's when I blocked it out, and I don't remember having the ability for quite some years after that."

Then, completely out the blue, Sofia's powers began to return when she was around 25 and she'd sense spirits around her, asking her questions like how they could pass to the afterlife, and how to tell their loved ones they were okay.

"I don't do this as a job, I just help people who want it, so I'm not out to convert anybody."
—Sofia Grundqvist

This time, though, she was ready to embrace them, signing up to a year-long course in Norway to help her learn how to manage her ability.

She continued: "It was fascinating. There was a lot of work on self-development and managing negative thoughts, finding the root of them and letting them go.

"We all met for a weekend five times over the course of the year, leaving it a few months in between to practice the things we had learned."

Deciding to embrace her gift, Sofia went on a course to learn more about it (PA Real Life/Collect)

She continued: "We'd learn how to pick up messages and sense when a spirit was there, how to help them get to the other side and how to block them out when it all got too much.

"A few people in the group mentioned they had premonitions, so we did some work on how to control and manage them, as well as some sessions on healing.

"I found that, if I wanted to block out my abilities, I could imagine myself in a bubble which was protecting me, only choosing to pop it when I was ready."

Sofia when she was little(PA Real Life/Collect)

Now, much more confident with managing her abilities, Sofia told how her powers are so strong that she can even pick up if a person has a spirit present whilst talking to them over Facebook or the phone.

"I do prefer to meet in person, though," she added. "It can help to have a photo of the person who has passed too."

Speaking of how she knows when a ghost is present, Sofia continued: "If someone wants to give me a message, or guide me, I will feel a tension in the air, like someone is standing next to me or watching me."

Sofia does not officially work as a medium, but rather simply extends help to those who want it (PA Real Life/Collect)

She added: "I don't actually physically see them, like you would with a living person. It's more in my mind's eye, like I can very clearly envisage them.

"I then send out a thought that I am here, and I can hear them. That's like sending out a beam of light out the top of your head to spirits, showing them you're listening."

Mostly, Sofia said, spirits will contact her to help get messages to loved ones still on earth from beyond the grave. But, if she does not know who they were in life, this can be difficult.

Sofia said she appreciates that people can be sceptical about the paranormal(PA Real Life/Collect)

"My friends all know about who I am and what I can do, so I don't mind taking them to one side and telling them I have a message," she said. "But I would never walk up to a stranger and start talking about their lost loved one. I can imagine that would be very shocking.

"If that happens, I say to the spirit, 'Tell them to come and talk to me.' That way, I'm not intruding."

Though she is confident in her own abilities, Sofia does appreciate that people can be skeptical around the afterlife, and the possibility of communicating with the dead.

Sofia said she can now control her abilities much better(PA Real Life/Collect)

She said: "I've never had anybody directly say to me that I'm a hoax or imagining things, but I can see they are skeptical by their facial expressions when I talk.

"If that happens, I just change the subject. Of course, everybody wants belief in what they do, but I'm not a full-time medium. I don't do this as a job, I just help people who want it, so I'm not out to convert anybody.

"I'm very relaxed. Nobody has to agree with me, but if they do, and they want help, then I am willing."

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Getting our kids to listen to us is not always the easiest of tasks. They're willful and stubborn, but we've got a mighty weapon they are rarely prepared for: reverse psychology. Getting them to convince themselves to want to do something against their own initial intentions takes some work and a whole lot of creativity, but a little sneaky manipulation goes a long way. Here are some clever parents' tricks that are definitely worth taking notes on.

Redditor u/LeanderD Asks:

Parents of reddit, what's your best example of reversed psychology on your kids that actually worked?

He Floated His Idea Through A Back Channel


Wanted to name my boat. Anything I would think of was dismissed as stupid by my 13 year old son. After deciding on a name, I confided to a male friend my son liked. Made my friend suggest the name as though it was his idea. My son thought the name was perfect. Done.


We Always Want What We Can't Have

One of my best friends through childhood used to be punished with no salad if she misbehaved. She cherishes salad now and would always try to eat as much as possible during school lunch. Coincidentally, her now husband used to be punished with no books, it had the same effect. I think it's hilarious that they'd be hitting the salad bar and library like some black market their narc parents couldn't reach hahaha.


A Deceit That's A Cut Above The Rest


Don't know if this counts, but, at my high school (private, boys only) in the 1960's, they made a big deal about how long your hair was, and would occasionally order a boy to go home and "get a haircut".

I thought it was stupid, until years later, a master confided to me at a reunion that the policy was deliberate. The school figured we'd spend so much energy rebelling about hair length, that we would ignore other aspects of teenage rebellion. (Not?) Surprisingly, they were mostly right.


Damn! That's smart. Wow.


Oh they don't like long hair?

I'll show them. I'll grow my hair out as lon- what?! No I don't want to go "party"? I gotta try out this horse shampoo.


The Forbidden Book

Hi I was a victim,

There was a forbidden book that I was not allow to read on the shelf. My parents said I could only read it if I behave myself.

It was summer holidays and I was playing games all day (after 6 hrs of summer homework). One day I was home alone and had the opportunity to grabbed it. I read like half of it in one go. It was 5000 years of Chinese history.

Safe to say I was bamboozled.


Flowers Of The Queen

My parents always told me my broccoli were the flowers of the queen and that I really shouldn't eat them, or else the queen would get very upset! I, of course, ate the whole broccoli in a few seconds.


I'm telling the queen and she's gonna be pissed


Sleeping Beauty


I taught my kids when they were toddlers that no amount of yelling, shaking or hitting can wake a sleeping adult. The only thing that works is a gentle hug and/or a nice kiss on the cheek.

Edit: Probably needed some more details for the reverse psychology aspect to be clear. It went something like this - Step one, tell the kids I'm going to sleep and nothing they do will wake me (head buried face down is the safest position). Step two, after the initial onslaught dies down pretend to awaken on your own. Tell them you got a bit of nap left in you and nothing can wake you, especially not hugs and kisses.


Holy sh*t...if my daughter woke me up like this I would buy her a pony.


I am saving this comment because this will save lives if I ever have kids, stg.


A Walk In Someone Else's Shoes.

Split custody with my ex. When my son was around 10, he visited two weekends a month. I was waiting tables and didn't have a huge amount to spend, but he was so needy from divorce (and I'm not blaming him, it was ugly), he begged constantly for MORE when he was with me. Whatever more was, it didn't matter... he'd be eating ice cream cone and begging for teriyaki.

I finally realized that he just felt empty, and getting MORE whatever from me wasn't filling him up. His next visit I handed him $100 in cash and told him it was our food/fun budget for 3 days and two nights, and he was in charge of it. I bought him his own wallet to carry. We figured out how many times we were going to eat and what we were going to do, and he paid. He got to keep whatever money he had left...thought he was rich...then realized just how much everything cost. Well. Shoe on other foot then. If we had no money for food, we ate leftovers - and I didn't contribute more to pot. After a few weekends of running short or not getting something he actually wanted because he was foolish with funds, he started to really think about how to spend that money. He budgeted and kept to his budget. And a few times he actually went home with a little cash for his private stash.

Many years later, he thanked me for this. It really changed the way he thought about money and love.


This Is Worth Giving A Shot

Took my 3 year old son to one of those doctor's visits where he was going to get a shot. He was worried about the shot on the whole drive over, almost to the point of tears. We get to the doctor's office and a nurse subtly lets me know that my son is not just scheduled for 1 shot, but 5 of them in the same visit.

I turn to my son with an exaggerated smile and tell him, "Good news! They figured out how to take that one big shot you were going to get and instead break it up into these 5 little tiny shots so it won't hurt nearly as much!"

You could see the relief wash over his face. He stopped squirming and relaxed completely. He took the first shot and even smiled and said "It's true! The small ones don't hurt!"

We actually made it through the third shot before the effect wore off and reality kicked in. Still... I counted it as a victory.


Put This To The Taste


My mom would tell me she only lets me eat soup after candy and she'd only buy me candy that i didn't like. After a few times, i stopped trying and begged her to let me eat soup first. She gave me a smirk and told me go ahead. This doesn't sound as evil as it was. But trust me i suffered.


So what was the candy?


Mint chocolate, raisins, stuff like that. I still hate them to this day. Who the f--- thought while eating chocolate "hmm id like some tooth paste with this."


This is Truckin' Awesome

Mum had sworn a bit around the house.

When 4, while out at the supermarket, I said F word really loudly.

Very quickly and intently, she asked if I had just said "Truck" and said that was a bad word and not to ever say Truck like that again.

I thought that was the bad word so used that when being naughty.


The "Silly Mom" Routine

The "Silly Mom" routine.

My kid, and a few other kids I've known, would balk at getting ready to go. I'd grab their clothes and say, "Well, if you won't put on your clothes, I guess I'll put on your clothes. Cute shirt, by the way! Does it go on my foot?"


"Does it go on my head?"


"Oh, that's right, thanks! So, it must go on your legs, right?"


"I just can't figure this out! Where does this adorable shirt go?"

[kid grabs shirt and puts it on] ON MY TUMMY! SILLY MOM!

"Oh, thank you so much! Now what about these pants? Shirts go on tummies, so...the pants go on the tummy, too, right?"


[continue until kids have dressed themselves]

I would also do things like hand the kid my keys and say, "Alright, you're driving, I'll sit in the booster seat in back," attempt to feed the kid by putting a spoon up to his ear or his belly button, and attempt to put away his toys in the refrigerator.


Some Foot For Thought.


My mum would always yell at us "if you don't do X, you have to go to bed without socks!"

I never wore socks anyway, and I'm ashamed to admit that this worked.


That would work really well on my son, or make him cry for a really long time... He's 3 and over the last few weeks has decided that he is fully unable to sleep without socks on.


Toddlers man. Completely unpredictable.


I'm Greens With Envy

My mum had a friend that would put vegetables on her own plate and not the kids.

When the kids asked she would be reluctant to share, "that's grown up food. But I suppose I can let you have a little."

Her kids grew up loving vegetables.

I sat at the dinner table for 3 hours staring at the yucky cauliflower I refused to eat.


This reminds me of an instance when my child convinced my wife and myself to change our plans for dinner. We were in a grocery store to pick up something quick and easy to eat that we wouldn't have to prepare. Our daughter, wanted none of that, she demanded that she wanted a salad from the salad bar. We started to argue back, but then realized: "Our child demands that we feed her vegetables for dinner instead of a microwaved meal, why are we saying 'No?'"

We had salad for dinner that night.


The Power Of Choice

I don't so much know if you would call it reverse psychology, but I didn't realize it until my dad told me this.

When there were chores that needed doing, he noticed if he asked me to mow the lawn, I would complain and procrastinate. But if he asked would I rather mow the lawn or wash the windows, I'd pick one and just get it done.

Shattered my brain when he told me when I was in my twenties. I use it when I'm coaching or baby sitting all the time and it almost never fails.


The Boy Who Cried 'Ouch'


I've done this one with tens of kids. Any time a kid gets "hurt" (falls down on grass, gets gently hit in the face with a ball, etc.) instead of stopping the activity to pick the kid up and see if they're ok you just scoot them off to the side and resume. Within 10 seconds of not getting all the attention and seeing the fun is resuming they pop right back up and are magically healed.

This of course is only for the "injuries" that aren't actually injuries.


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