But she’s not alone. Here’s eight telepaths who discovered “a penny for your thoughts” doesn’t even begin to cover the price they have to pay for their telepathic powers.
Who’s listening: Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist’s Zoey Clarke (Jane Levy)
How they gained telepathy: An MRI machine, an earthquake and an extraordinarily comprehensive playlist.
The upside: These musical numbers give Zoey a unique chance to help change the lives of those around her for the better and to connect with her father (Peter Gallagher, The OC) who has lost his speech to a rare neurological disease.
The downside: Imagine living in a musical theatre production for the Rest. Of. Your. Life.
How you could use it: After hearing her father’s song, Zoey helped relight the passion in her parents’ life. Hello free ticket to a career as a love coach!
Watch the brand new series Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist here.
Who’s listening: The Vampire Diaries’ Stefan Salvatore (Paul Wesley)
How they gained telepathy: One of the many perks of being a vampire.
The upside: Stefan’s sensitivity to thoughts leads him to Elena Gilbert, the spitting image of his first soulmate centuries before and possibly his second chance at love.
The downside: Hearing – and manipulating – the thoughts of your girlfriend isn’t exactly fair.
How you could use it: Ever wondered if your partner is actually ‘fine’? That’s not a problem for Stefan, who knows her thoughts and moods as much as his own. Prepare for major brownie points!
Watch every episode of The Vampire Diaries here.
Who’s listening: Supernatural’s Castiel (Misha Collins)
How they gained telepathy: He’s an angel, so it’s literally a gift from God.
The upside: As an angel transplanted to Earth to help the Winchester brothers, having “Angel Radio” to be able to chat with others of his kind is super useful (and saves on mobile minutes)
The downside: Turning up the power to get a message through can wipe out anything nearby.
How you could use it: When Castiel broadcasts the thoughts of rebel angel Metatron, he turns them all against him – how’s that for the perfect way to expose the office bully?
Watch every episode of Supernatural here.
Who’s listening: Buffy The Vampire Slayer’s Willow Rosenberg (Alyson Hannigan)
How they gained telepathy: After dabbling in dark magic, her mind “opened”.
The upside: A crucial part of Buffy’s “Scooby Gang” of monster fighters, Willow’s telepathy makes it easier to find and fight the forces of evil.
The downside: It drives her friends crazy to know she’s eavesdropping on their thoughts.
How you could use it: When the gang battles demons without Buffy, Willow is able to coordinate it all without a single word spoken. Say goodbye to long-winded work meetings!
Check out every episode of Buffy The Vampire Slayer here.
Who’s listening: Star Trek’s Spock (Leonard Nimoy then Zachary Quinto)
How they gained telepathy: Half Vulcan on his father’s side – it’s a genetic trait.
The upside: With a Vulcan Mind Meld, knowledge can quickly be shared and someone close to death can even “back up” their personality for safekeeping.
The downside: It’s not just the good times that get transferred.
How you could use it: Live forever by following Spock’s example from Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan and just transfer your soul to a friend for safekeeping.
Who’s listening: Charmed’s Phoebe Halliwell (Alyssa Milano)
How they gained telepathy: Born with natural empathy, Phoebe trained to perfect her powers.
The upside: As a telepathic empath (or empathic telepath) Phoebe can sense the feelings of those around her and channel their emotions to her own ends.
The downside: Caution – accidentally setting off people’s emotions may lead to explosions.
How you could use it: Having trouble communicating on that overseas holiday? Switch to telepathy like Phoebe did when she met a Kazi demon and know exactly what everyone is saying!
Watch every episode of Charmed here.
Who’s listening: iZombie’s Liv Moore (Rose McIver)
How they gained telepathy: The side-effect of a zombie attack.
The upside: Hearing a murder victim’s last thoughts gives Liv the chance to track down their killer and bring justice to the dead.
The downside: She literally has to eat someone’s brain to “digest” their thoughts. Ewww.
How you could use it: In her first case, Liv eats the brain – and solves the murder – of a kleptomaniac who stole from a local celebrity. Imagine being a cop with that insight.
Watch every episode of iZombie here.
Who’s listening: What Women Want’s Nick Marshall (Mel Gibson)
How they gained telepathy: Zapped after falling into a bathtub while holding a hairdryer.
The upside: From a chauvinist with zero clue about women, Nick suddenly discovers a much wider world around him when he is forced to listen.
The downside: To put it mildly, not everything he hears is complimentary.
How you could use it: Any time you need a quick leg up at work, you can pinch ideas from your co-workers before they get the chance to voice them, just like Nick with his colleague Darcy (Helen Hunt). This isn’t the most ethical way to employ your power, so only use in emergencies!
Watch What Women Want here.