Amulets vs Talismans Amulets are believed to have the power to ward off negative energy or evil spirits or even illness. Amulets are worn by people as protection and defense from the evil around them. A talisman is just the opposite of an amulet. They are believed to give more power to the person wearing one. A talisman is thought to give positive energy to the person who possesses one. These magical objects are worn to instill power, confidence and power into those who wear one. Talismans are also believed to enhance personal power in those who wear them. Talismans are seen as natural amplifiers that lead a person to right thoughts. A talisman is usually a single piece, like a pendant. An amulet, on the other hand, may be a bag filled with stones, herbs and other magical things.