Ghost stereotypes?

ghouulIt’s quite evident when one reads some books aimed at those with an interest in the paranormal – or even if you visit websites about the paranormal/ghost phenomena that there appears to be a trend to stereotype the kinds of ghosts that haunt our homes and buildings.

If you ever read a paranormal book/website you’ll probably be provided with a lot of information about the different types of ghosts, their characteristics and behavours.

‘Doppleganger’, ‘Poltergeist’, ‘Shadow ghost’, ‘grey lady’ – These are just some of the ‘types’ of ghosts, apparently

These classification seem to be just more information that is copied down in a parrot fashion by ghost hunting teams who cannot be bothered to conduct any proper research for themselves – it almost appears as though people who display such information about ghost stereotypes just read it, take it as a fact without even looking into the information for validity, and then copy and paste it into their website.

The truth is that no ghost/spirit – call it what you will, has ever been documented in a controlled condition. There is no documented evidence that suggests that ghosts exist. So ask yourself, if there is no documented evidence that ghosts do exist – how can these ghost hunters class ghosts into different types?

Perhaps it is just guess work? Or something they have been told by someone who displays themselves as a paranormal expert?

It is a common mistake that people make when dealing with the different experiences had by people who believe they are living or working in a haunted building.

Many of the experiences reported to investigation teams follow the same trends; Cold spots, seeing shadows out the corner of the eye, things disappearing and reappearing, hearing voices tc.

Many people who do not conduct their own thorough research – opting instead to just take the word of other people as the truth, would instantly look at some reported symptoms of a possible haunting and attribute them to the necessary ghost type.

Objects vanishing and then reappearing – poltergiest!

shaddowy figures out corner of the eye – shadow ghost!

It’s quite a big mistake to make because once you have associated occurences with a certain type of ghost, you have instantly decided that a ghost is the cause of the occurence when this is a conclusion that cannot be reached logically.

Don’t stereotype ghosts – they were people too! (alledgedly…)


About Hayley Stevens

Hayley Stevens is a podcaster, blogger, writer, public speaker and ghost geek. She likes tea, cake, sci-fi books and being a humanist.

Posted on October 10, 2009, in article, ghost, paranormal, rational, thoughts and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. I wrote about pretty much the same thing not too long ago – thanks for letting me know I’m not the only one! haha Nice article…

  2. Hi Tom,

    I sort of lifted this article from my personal blog from ages ago and gave it a new spruce of life because I think it’s still relevant today.
    I’ll have a nosey at your site if you don’t mind and maybe add a link to ours for you.
    Thanks for visiting and CONGRATS ON THE 1st COMMENT ON OUR SITE 😀

  3. Interesting. I just posted on something that got me thinking about a ghost as a possible explanation. If you are interested, just take the following link:

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