A Student Poll on Healing Crystals

Abby Bozek

In this addition to my deep dive into healing crystals, I asked eighteen of my fellow classmates’ specific questions regarding their opinions on healing crystals. By doing this, I was able to open my eyes to see how fellow people at my school regard crystals (especially in their healing practices). 

First, to get a general feel for their experience in crystals I asked them if they owned any. Here are the answers I got: 

Considering the majority did not own any — which is what I expected — I knew the majority of them would either not agree with, or have no opinion on, crystals.

Next, if the last question was applicable, I asked which crystals they owned specifically. I received a lot of answers referring to love stones. These are very common and include stones like morganite and rose quartz. Considering high school relationships aren’t the most stable, this was to be expected. 

Following this, I asked them the ever probing question of whether or not they think crystals can heal. The results are surprising: 

The mass majority of individuals in this given group would disagree with the sentiment that crystals heal. But why? It could be because of their upbringing; if they are religious, it is more than likely they would not like the idea that crystals hold energy. As well as this, if they don’t own any crystals themselves — which we know from the earlier poll — it’s more than likely that they have never received the positive effects of possessing these crystals. And this was only further proven by my next question. 

I then asked them if they believed crystals were a placebo. This time, I gave them three options of yes, no, or not sure.

Only 16.7% of the participants fully agreed with the sentiment. This, I believe, roots back to the idea of actually owning them. If someone doesn’t own one, I understand why they would think this to be a fallacy. Why should they believe in them — to them, they are only some stones.

Considering the majority of the individuals believed in the sentiment of healing crystals being a placebo, I decided to ask whether or not they were a good placebo. On the contrary, I offered the option that those who sell crystals profit off a fallacy. The results were such:

 

Despite the majority believing them to be a placebo, only the minority believed they profited off of a fallacy. Why do these pieces of data contradict? It may be because of the idea of empathy. Just because something doesn’t work for one person does not mean that it won’t work for another. If someone is helped by healing crystals, who is anyone to tell them otherwise. 

My new few pieces of data were short responses. The first question, was the question of “Do you think healing crystals can be good for people?” and answers fell very much so on the spectrum. There were some who simply answered, “possibly” and “no idea”, and others who spoke of the good hope and spirituality — no matter where it comes from — can do for a person’s well being. The negative end of the spectrum came when I asked my next question of “Why do you think people rely on healing crystals?”. I got my same “I don’t know” and “Not sure”, but also “They are crazy”. Not everyone is going to like the idea of healing crystals, and that’s okay. The idea of inclusivity is one perpetuated by the crystal community and it is okay not to like them. The idea of inclusivity came into play in my final question of “What is your personal opinion on healing crystals”, where many answers spoke of how despite they do not own them themselves, they understand why other people do and respect it. That idea, in and of itself, is perfectly okay. 

At the end of the day, you may believe crystals to be a waste of money. Others believe that crystals have saved them (whether it be financial, mental, physical, etc.). No matter where you place yourself, one thing is for sure — those who immerse themselves in crystals fall in love with them.