Psionics are a modern take on magic. In effect Gifted can forgo the mystical hand signs, special words, and methods of thought to enact their power into physical form. However this comes at a cost. All of those things help focus and allow a broader reach of ability. Psychics tend to have much more narrow focus of abilities, having access to only one or two disciplines on average. psionics also tend to be more draining in the long run and unlike many other magic users they cannot access power outside of themselves under most circumstances.