It’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…)
Posted on October 10, 2009, in article, ghost, paranormal, rational, thoughts and tagged behaviour, bias, classification, ghost, haunted, haunting, research, spirit, sterotpye, type, types. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.