Beware…

The human being is a funny old creature and the power of the mind is something that is greatly overlooked. How much effect can sub conscious thoughts have on you during a paranormal investigation?

Suggestibility

Do you consider yourself open to suggestions? Person A suggests to Person B that a house is haunted. Will person A be that type of person that will instantly start to think that they see or hear things? Even if you believe you are not a suggestible kind of person you would be surprised the amount of information you store, without even realising. In years to come a piece of information you picked up from somewhere might pop back in there and lead you to take a certain course of action.

Expectation

You are going into a haunted house! Leading on from suggestibility we come to expectation. As above the expectations may be planted via a suggestion, or you may just be a naturally expectant person! The expectation of something happening can lead very easily to something happening. For example, you have heard that people hear disembodied voices in the building. Wind suddenly whistles past the window and you swear you hear a voice. If you weren’t expecting this, would you have heard differently?

I have noticed a very very high level of expectation from people who attend public ghost hunts. They have seen Most Haunted, Ghost Hunters etc etc and they expect that in every place something paranormal will happen. It’s only a matter of time till a random squeaky floorboard or wind whistle has them jumping out of their skins.

Imagination

Well, you can’t beat a bit of imagination! But when it comes to the paranormal it can all go wrong. You see a photo with an ‘orb’ on it, the orb has a face! OMG it’s a spirit. You see a shadow move across the corner of the room! OMG it’s a demonic entity. Or, it could quite easily be (and more likely be) you seeing faces in shapes that aren’t there and your eyes not working very well in the dark. Because our eyes don’t work in the dark, hopefully you’ve noticed that. Stand in a darkened room for long enough and you start seeing all manner of goodies. None of them proof of the paranormal.

Unfortunately this is what makes paranormal investigations woolly. The human being. As in the ways mentioned we can be flawed when it comes to open mindedness and freedom from influence.

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5 Responses to “Beware…”

  1. The human mind is an amazing thing. It will always try to make sense out of non-sense or as you explain “see” the expected even when it is nonsense.

    Good post….

  2. I agree! That is what I find most annoying about public ghost hunts is the reactions of people based on their expectations. Sometimes they are advertised as investigations, but it isn’t for that very reason.

    Although, I’ve got to admit an active imagination is what got me into the paranormal in the first place. There is still a part of me that loves the expectation of spookiness.

    I’d like to think that I can be analytical and objective enough to know the difference during a proper investigation and separate the facts from the fiction.

  3. Great blog no doubt about this at all the mind can play tricks very easily. If someone builds a location up in the mind before getting there it’s done.Every little sound they hear will make them jump kind of like some para tv shows i know. It’s always best in expecting to find nothing at a location. Or better yet not know anything about the place before hand. Then you can try and make the call on what may or may not be going on there.

    Public ghost hunts are the worst things going about this for sure. They always have to tell the big story before the tour and get the people fired up about it. Then the people that paid for the tour get to spend the night hearing people jump at every sound. Not to mention anything you capture at one of these is tainted data in the first place. All the voices and people talking you could never be sure of anything you capture.

  4. I agree 100% John!

  5. patti cameron Says:

    I so agree with you. The bump in the night, in just that a bump in the night. On the show Paranormal State Ryan has a demon following him. Now on every show it is all about demons. This show must just terrify the people who have called them for help. I do believe in Spirits and feel Spirits are more complexed and we may never really know the true story

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