I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened.—Sir Alec Guinness as Jedi master Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars
Thus does Kenobi, one of Guinness' most celebrated roles, report his clairvoyance of the evil Galactic Empire's destruction of the planet Alderaan. Keirsey.com identifies the actor as a Counselor Idealist, suggesting that he was capable of Jedi-like flashes of mysterious insight in his real life as well:
[The Counselor] has strong empathic abilities and can become aware of another's emotions or intentions—good or evil—even before that person is conscious of them. Such mind-reading can take the form of feeling the hidden distress or illnesses of others to an extent which is difficult for other types to comprehend. Even INFJs can seldom tell how they came to penetrate others' feelings so keenly. Furthermore, the Counselor is most likely of all the types to demonstrate an ability to understand psychic phenomena. What is known as "ESP" may well be exceptional intuitive ability—in both its forms, projection and introjection. Such supernormal intuition is found frequently in INFJs, and can extend to people, things, and often events, taking the form of visions, episodes of foreknowledge, premonitions, auditory and visual images of things to come, as well as uncanny communications with certain individuals at a distance.—Please Understand Me II
Naturally, I couldn't help thinking of the above passage when I stumbled on this anecdote in the Wikipedia article about the reckless, speed-loving Artisan actor James Dean:
When Dean introduced himself to actor Alec Guinness outside a restaurant, he asked him to take a look at [his Porsche] Spyder. Guinness thought the car appeared "sinister" and told Dean: "If you get in that car, you will be found dead in it by this time next week." This encounter took place on September 23, 1955, seven days before Dean's death.
Psychic phenomena are scientifically controversial to say the least. Perhaps they should be, but Guinness reportedly made an accurate call nonetheless.
I've been thinking about this story since I've been feeling compelled to do something risky. Do any of you Counselors or other Idealists have something to tell me? I know I'm not as badass as Dean was, but it might still pay for me to listen carefully if you do.