|Myra Elbrey, a female Betazoid|
|Affiliation:||United Federation of Planets|
|Maya Stadi from Star Trek: Odyssey.|
Most Betazoids develop telepathic abilities during adolescence, including the following:
- sensing emotions of other sentient beings at long distances;
- sensing thoughts of other sentient beings;
- communication by projecting thoughts; and
- projecting illusions or sensations.
The effectiveness of these depends on the inherent ability of the telepath, the degree of training they have undergone, and the species of the subject. Some species, such as Ferengi, Breen, Tellarites, Ullians, or Dopterians are unreadable.
Trained Betazoids are also more resistant to psionic attacks. Myra Elbrey was the sole survivor of a Grey attack on the USS Rutledge because she was able to screen out their psionic control. (Star Trek: Hidden Frontier: "Enemy Unknown, Part Two")
Inherent telepathic ability varies from individual to individual.
A small minority of Betazoids are born without the potential for telepathic ability at all. These individuals, sometimes pejoratively called "Gammazoids," are often pitied or looked down on by the rest of Betazoid society, causing resentment among them. (Star Trek: Outpost)
Betazoids do not really understand the "little white lies" and evasions that lubricate the social intercourse of non-telepaths. They are liable to plunge into an emotionally intimate conversation based on only the barest acquaintance. Many Betazoids in Starfleet work as counsellors where this sort of behavior is expected. (TNG, Star Trek: Hidden Frontier)
- See: Category:Betazoids