Education

Below are some items that may educate you and quite possibly help you understand the experiences you’re having. Please evaluate your situation and if no other reasonable answers suffice please contact us. We would love to help you.

 


Electromagnetic Fields

 

There is a widespread idea among paranormal researchers that ghosts emit an electromagnetic field and that their presence can, thus, be detected by EMF meters. A related idea is that ghosts may disturb the existing background (geo)magnetic field when they are present. Either way, ‘unexplained’ changes in EMF meter readings are often taken as a sign of ghostly or paranormal activity. However in spite of these claims, there appear to be no formal studies to support such ideas. Instead, there are a few anecdotal reports that EMF meters  ‘spike’ during paranormal activity at haunted locations OR that haunted locations produce more variable EMF fields than non-haunted places. In both cases, it is difficult to trace any original, first-hand reports of these claimed connections and what reports are available are vague and lacking in crucial technical detail. Laboratory research has shown that certain weak, varying magnetic fields (EIFs) can give some people hallucinations resembling haunting experiences. EMF meters cannot detect such fields directly because (a) they are usually not sensitive enough and (b) they cannot distinguish between frequencies. EIFs might show up on certain EMF meters in special circumstances but you would never be able to differentiate them from readings with other causes.  The sources of these varying fields may be present in your home and in areas that seem to be experiencing activity. In fact EMF emissions from appliances, devices and faulty wiring may be responsible for your unusual experiences.

What can you do?

Check your home for faulty or bundled wiring. Look for EMF emitting devices/appliances in areas where paranormal activity appears to be present and move them to other locations to see if the activity appears to change or lessen.


Misinterpretation

 

We constantly interpret what goes on around us — what others do or say, events we observe, and things we read in the newspaper or see on TV. We also interpret things that have happened in the past, or which may happen in the future. In addition, we interpret our own actions, and even the physical sensations and emotional changes happening inside us. By interpreting, I mean that we draw conclusions about what we THINK is happening. Sometimes our interpretations are correct, but often they are wrong.  Psychiatrist Aaron Beck has studied and listed the ways people can get things out of perspective. His research shows that our feelings are in proportion to how we describe events and situations, rather than to the actual intensity of those things themselves. The main ways in which we can misinterpret things that happen, adapted from Dr Beck’s list, are presented here:

  • Black-and-white thinking – People often see things in extremes, with no middle ground — good or bad, perfect versus useless, success or failure, right against wrong, moral versus immoral, and so on. By doing this, they miss the reality that things rarely are one way or the other but usually somewhere in-between. In other words, there are shades of grey. Another name for this distortion is all-or-nothing thinking. 
  • Over generalizing – People often build up one thing about themselves or their circumstances and end up thinking that it represents the whole situation or happens all the time, or is part of a never-ending pattern.
  • Personalizing – You can also jump to a conclusion by thinking that something is directly connected with you.
  • Keeping in touch with reality How can you stop distorting reality? For a start, catch yourself doing it. Know the cues to watch for: looking at things in extremes, only seeing negatives, building up the bad points in a situation (be it past, present or future) etc. Watch especially for rigid thinking. When you find yourself resisting other ways of viewing something, this could be a sign that you are locking yourself into a narrowed, distorted viewpoint. Stop using words which exaggerate — like always, forever, totally, all, everything, everybody, nothing, nobody, never and the like. 
  • Distorted thinking  or  Realistic thinking – Sometimes it is hard to know for sure just what is going on. You won’t always have enough information to be certain. But it is important to at least recognize that there may be more than one way to interpret a given situation. By doing so you can avoid jumping to erroneous and possibly harmful conclusions.

Pareidolia is a psychological phenomenon involving a vague and random stimulus (often an image or sound) being perceived as significant. Common examples include seeing images of animals or faces in clouds, the man in the moon or the Moon rabbit, and hearing hidden messages on records when played in reverse. Carl Sagan hypothesized that as a survival technique, human beings are “hard-wired” from birth to identify the human face. This allows people to use only minimal details to recognize faces from a distance and in poor visibility but can also lead them to erroneously interpret random images or patterns of light and shade as being faces. Combined with Apophenia (identifying meaningful patterns in meaningless randomness) and hierophany (a manifestation of the sacred), pareidolia may provide a common answer to the sightings of “beings” in our environment.

What can you do?

Maintain a rational perspective and don’t jump to conclusions.  Develop the habit of sticking to the facts — as far as you can unearth them. When you think you might be jumping to conclusions, ask yourself, ‘What evidence do I have for assuming this? Is it the most likely explanation for the facts available? Are there any others which may be just as valid?’ If you are worrying about something, rate the chances of it happening on a scale of, say, 0–100 per cent. Being this specific will help you clarify vague predictions. Finally, if it is possible, check out your interpretation of something you are concerned about and see how it compares with reality.


Psychology

 

All of our experiences, authentic or not are derived from the brain. Unfortunately our most important organ can’t always be trusted.

Psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia are a group of serious illnesses that affect the mind. These illnesses alter a person’s ability to think clearly, make good judgments, respond emotionally, communicate effectively, understand reality, and behave appropriately. When symptoms are severe, people with psychotic disorders have difficulty staying in touch with reality and often are unable to meet the ordinary demands of daily life. However, even severe psychotic disorders usually are treatable.

There are different types of psychotic disorders, including:

  • Schizophrenia: People with this illness have changes in behavior and other symptoms — such as delusions and hallucinations — that last longer than six months, usually with a decline in work, school, and social functioning.
  • Schizoaffective disorder: People with this illness have symptoms of both schizophrenia and a mood disorder, such as depression or bipolar disorder.
  • Schizophreniform disorder: People with this illness have symptoms of schizophrenia, but the symptoms last between one and six months.
  • Brief psychotic disorder: People with this illness have sudden, short periods of psychotic behavior, often in response to a very stressful event, such as a death in the family. Recovery is often quick — usually less than a month.
  • Delusional disorder: People with this illness have a delusion (a false, fixed belief) involving real-life situations that could be true, such as being followed, being conspired against, or having a disease. These delusions persist for at least one month.
  • Shared psychotic disorder (also called folie à deux) : This illness occurs when one person in a relationship has a delusion that the other person in the relationship adopts for him or herself.
  • Substance-induced psychotic disorder: This condition is caused by the use of or withdrawal from some substances, such as hallucinogens and crack cocaine, that may cause hallucinations, delusions, or confused speech.
  • Psychotic disorder due to a medical condition: Hallucinations, delusions, or other symptoms may be the result of another illness that affects brain function, such as a head injury or brain tumor.
  • Paraphrenia: This is a type of schizophrenia that starts late in life and occurs in the elderly population.

What can you do?

If you think you have any of the above mentioned conditions it’s best to consult a psychologist.


Home Environment

 

Arguments, cleanliness, family or room mates can all play apart in your daily life and how you view things. Stress can adversely affect your perception, rationale, mood and even your physical health. All elements that can aid in the illusion of paranormal phenomena. Your home environment can be the largest contributor to stress in your life. Understanding what causes you stress and how it affects you can help you gain control.

There are many people who subconsciously dump responsibility for problems in their home life on what they feel are paranormal experiences. This form of “emotional delegation”  serves to mentally remove the responsibility of the issues at home because the sources of paranormal activity are considered “out of our control”. This behavior is not healthy and it’s important to identify this condition if it exists.

Your ability to tolerate stress depends on many factors, including the quality of your relationships, your general outlook on life, your emotional intelligence, and genetics.

Stress Warning Signs and Symptoms
Cognitive Symptoms Emotional Symptoms
  • Memory problems
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Poor judgment
  • Seeing only the negative
  • Anxious or racing thoughts
  • Constant worrying
  • Moodiness
  • Irritability or short temper
  • Agitation, inability to relax
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Sense of loneliness and isolation
  • Depression or general unhappiness
Physical Symptoms Behavioral Symptoms
  • Aches and pains
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Nausea, dizziness
  • Chest pain, rapid heartbeat
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Frequent colds
  • Eating more or less
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Isolating yourself from others
  • Procrastinating or neglecting responsibilities
  • Using alcohol, cigarettes, or drugs to relax
  • Nervous habits (e.g. nail biting, pacing)

 Things that influence your stress tolerance level

  • Your support network – A strong network of supportive friends and family members can be an enormous buffer against life’s stressors. On the flip side, the more lonely and isolated you are, the greater your vulnerability to stress.
  • Your sense of control – It may be easier to take stress in your stride if you have confidence in yourself and your ability to influence events and persevere through challenges. If you feel like things are out of your control, you’re likely to have less tolerance for stress.
  • Your attitude and outlook – Optimistic people are often more stress-hardy. They tend to embrace challenges, have a strong sense of humor, and accept that change is a part of life.
  • Your ability to deal with your emotions – You’re extremely vulnerable to stress if you don’t know how to calm and soothe yourself when you’re feeling sad, angry, or overwhelmed by a situation. The ability to bring your emotions into balance helps you bounce back from adversity and is a skill that can be learned at any age.
  • Your knowledge and preparation – The more you know about a stressful situation, including how long it will last and what to expect, the easier it is to cope. For example, if you go into surgery with a realistic picture of what to expect post-op, a painful recovery will be less traumatic than if you were expecting to bounce back immediately.

What can you do?

Take a very honest look at your home life and the things that affect you. Has your stress or happiness changed over the years?  Do you have additional responsibilities that cause anxiety? Is there a situation at home or work that you dread to address? Is there someone in your life that causes you grief?  Identify these elements and work to correct them either through life changes or therapy. You may find that reducing stress in your life can change the way you look at things and ultimately correct the perceived “paranormal” issues as well.


Sleep Disorders

 

Common sleep disorders can produce visions of human figures, voices and feelings of fear. It is estimated that up to 40 percent of people will experience some form of sleep paralysis involving the inability to move any part of their body. During this state only the eyes can open and a number of vivid sensory experiences (hallucinations) may be experienced. Typically, these will involve a sense of some feared intrusion, or pressure on the chest accompanied by a sense of choking, or some out of body experience such as floating or flying.

Sleep paralysis is a state that occurs just before falling asleep or just upon awakening. Moreover, this can be accompanied by hypnagogic (just before sleep) or hypnopompic (just upon awakening) experiences of a particularly vivid sensory nature.

Various lines of research have concluded that the combination of sleep paralysis and hypnagogic states explains the worldwide accounts of spirit possession, ghostly visitations, alien abductions and incubus/succubus assaults. The accounts from people who experience such terrors tend to vary according to culture, but the physical effects of such perceived assaults are remarkably uniform in their descriptions. A common account is the sense of some evil presence sitting heavily on the chest and strangling the person who is incapable of defending themselves. Culturally, this apparition may be described in the form of a vampire, an old hag or witch, or a more ghostly or spiritual presence.

The explanation for the physical nature of such experiences lies partly in the known mechanisms of REM (Rapid Eye Movement) states associated with the sleep cycle. During REM, bursts of activation originating in the brain stem pass through areas of the brain associated with both emotion and the fear response. In the fully awake state potential dangers are rapidly assessed confirmed or dismissed, but within a state of sleep paralysis, apprehension that would normally last milliseconds can drag on into seconds or even minutes.

Similarly, breathing rates can be quite variable during REM. It has been suggested that thoracic breathing is lower during REM, so as with any attempt to move muscles during sleep paralysis, attempts to control breathing will be unsuccessful. The sense of resistance that follows any such attempt will be interpreted as pressure and choking.

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What can you do?

Sleep disorders can be symptomatic of other issues. If you believe you might have some form of sleep disorder, contact your physician for diagnosis and advice.


Deception / Manipulation

 

It happens. Dishonest people that you happen to trust can convince you the sky is falling.  We have seen it happen many times, unscrupulous individuals taking advantage of unsuspecting friends for not only fame but personal profit. It’s shocking and terrible but sadly it exists.  There are two things you can say for sure about human beings: our opposable thumbs make us great at using tools, and we are all big, fat liars. By age four, 90% of children have grasped the concept of lying, and it just gets worse from there.

Just how bad is it? According to a 2002 study conducted by the University of Massachusetts, 60% of adults can’t have a ten minute conversation without lying at least once. But even that number makes it sound better than it really is; those people in the study who did lie actually told an average of 3 lies during their brief chat. And I know you’re sitting there right now insisting you would be part of the 40% that didn’t lie. That’s what the liars in the study thought, too. When they watched the taped conversations back, they were shocked at how many fibs they had told.

We lie to everyone. Our parents get the worst of it, according to The Day America Told the Truth, with 86% of us lying to them regularly, followed by friends (75%), siblings (73%), and spouses (69%). But in general we lie about things that aren’t important, little things that we think will make us look better or more likeable. In a survey by a British film rental company, 30% of respondents had lied about seeing The Godfather.

Sometimes we do lie about things that matter. According to one estimate, 40% of people lie on their resumes. While that’s something for employers to be wary of, it’s worse if you are part of the 30% of internet users looking for love on a dating site. According to a study by Scientific American, a whopping 90% of people looking for a date online lie in their profile. The biggest fib told by women is an obvious one; on average ladies claim to weigh eight and a half pounds less than they actually do. Men, on the other hand, try to use their profile to convince potential partners that they are taller, richer, and/or better educated than they actually are.

But before you vow never to trust anyone again, here’s some food for thought: A study by the University of Toronto found that it is actually the most trusting people who are best able to tell when they are being lied to.

What can you do?

Be careful and don’t believe every story you hear even if it’s from people you have known for a while and feel you can trust. Everyone in the world is capable of lying and has lied before. Some lies are relatively harmless and have little to no adverse effects, but others can be damaging and are often committed for attention or profit.  Of course this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t trust your friends and family, but it does mean you shouldn’t allow the input of others to scare you. Especially when it concerns claims of paranormal phenomena. Wait until you have all the facts and realize that if it sounds too fantastic to be true, it likely is.

Source – mentalfloss


Religious Views

 

Religion is one of the worlds most powerful purveyors of mysterious phenomena and perceptions can be tainted by your beliefs. Certainly there is no exact correspondence between religious and paranormal beliefs — there are people who are very religious but who don’t believe in things like Ghosts, Bigfoot or UFOs and there are people who believe in many paranormal events but who are not part of any religious tradition. One might be inclined to argue, then, that one does not have anything to do with the other. Nevertheless, religious beliefs and paranormal beliefs do share a number of important things in common. For one thing, both the paranormal and traditional religions are non-materialistic in nature. They do not conceive of the world as a place controlled by sequences of cause and effect between matter and energy. Instead, they presume the added presence of immaterial forces which influence or control the course of our lives.

Furthermore, there is also the appearance of a desire to provide meaning and coherence to otherwise random and chaotic events. If we are suddenly aware of a distant event we shouldn’t know about, it might be attributed to clairvoyance, psychic powers, spirits, angels, or God. There seems to be a genuine continuum between what we tend to call “paranormal” and the ideas in many religious faiths.

What can you do?

Remain objective and do not allow any unrealistic connections between your beliefs and the experiences you are having. Remember, greater than 98% of all paranormal claims are explainable by natural causes and just because some of the symptoms of what your are experiencing seem to match your religious perspective, it doesn’t mean they are related. Correlation doesn’t imply causation.


Pests And Pets

 

Our furry and not so furry friends and enemies can create puzzling conditions.tMany of us live in towns and cities and hardly ever notice nature. And yet, despite the concrete, asphalt and brick, it is still there. Perhaps we don’t notice it because, unconsciously, we think it belongs in the countryside.

Scratching
Hearing scratching sounds in your house is more often rodents, insects, bats, dormice, nesting birds or even squirrels than paranormal activity. It can sound much louder at night and often reacts to knocking on walls where the sound is loudest. Try a pest control company before you call paranormal investigators. Please be aware, however, that most species of bird and bats are protected by law.

Screaming
In the UK, people are sometimes woken up in the middle of the night (particularly in spring) by a blood curdling scream. It can sound like something out of a horror film. If you dare look out of your window, the most likely thing you will see is a fox! Foxes are best known for their bark which is quite distinctive once you recognize it. But the scream always sounds spectacularly horrific. Urban foxes are so common and bold that it is easier to see these animals in cities than in the countryside. Foxes will move objects around gardens in the night! If you are finding smallish things moving around in your garden at night, or even vanishing completely, ask yourself if you’ve ever seen foxes nearby.

Moaning
People associate ghosts with moaning because of ghosts stories and Hollywood. In fact, there are very few reports of moaning in real haunting cases. The most frequent cause of moaning is the wind. This may sound obvious but really spooky moaning is only heard occasionally. That’s because it needs to come from a particular direction, be of a certain strength and interact with specific objects to sound really eerie. So, due to the vagaries of the weather, you may only hear it a few times a year, if ever. As a result, it comes as a surprise (or even a shock) on the rare occasions when it happens.

Hissing
People have frequently reported spooky hissing sounds from old, often abandoned, buildings. The noises can be blood curdling and sometimes react to human presence. The cause is usually found to Barn Owls. These owls prefer lonely buildings away from people and disturbance. When seen flying at night, often in car headlights on a lonely country road, they can appear startlingly, dazzlingly white. This also leads to reports of encounters with the strange beings. Barn Owls, though fairly rare, occur throughout most of the world.

*Remember that unidentified animal activity in your home can cause your pets to act peculiar as well. 

What can you do?

Look for signs of animal activity such as droppings in corners or along baseboards, holes in the exterior of your home or sounds behind walls or ceiling tiles. If you think you might have animal activity in your home call an exterminator. They will be able to confirm your suspicions.


Atmosphere

 

Large amounts of positive ION’s (As found in Radon for example) can cause paranoia and feelings of unease. Just about all the air you breathe has some quantity of Aero-Ions. Ions are charged particles in the air (between a few hundred to a few thousand per cubic centimeter). Some ions are negatively charged (Negative Ions) and some positively charged (Positive Ions). After years of research around the world, Ion Scientists have determined over and over that an imbalance in the ratio between Positive and Negative Ions has a profound effect on both your mental and physical well being. If you breathe large amounts of positive ions without an equal amount of negative ions, you will actually become lethargic and in some cases sick. Air containing more negative ions and fewer positive ions has shown to be beneficial and without side effects. That is why negative ion generators are sold around the world.

75% of  the general population react favorably to negative ions but are adversely affected by positive ions, while the other 25% react in the opposite way, finding higher positive ion days euphoric and higher negative ion days boring.  These people compensate for the stress caused by positive ions with sufficient adrenaline production. Ion research from around the world has proven that Serotonin overproduction stimulated by higher positive ion ratios is the primary cause for many of the problems associated with positive ions. In the 25% of the general population during higher positive ion ratios, short term increase in productivity occurs (attributed to hyperactive adrenaline production).  After extended exposure or duration to positive ions, this increase in productivity quickly turns into poor performance (attributed to a weakened or exhausted adrenaline gland).

Physical side effects: Body pains, sick headaches, dizziness, twitching of the eyes, nausea, fatigue, faintness, disorders in saline (salt) budget with fluctuations in electrolytical metabolism (calcium and magnesium; critical for alcoholics), water accumulation, respiratory difficulties, allergies, asthma, heart and circulatory disorders (heart attacks approx. 50% higher) low blood pressure, slowing down in reaction time, more sensitivity to pain, inflammations, bleeding embolisms of the lungs, and thrombosis.

Psychological side effects: Emotional unbalance, irritation, vital disinclination, compulsion to meditate, exhaustion, apathy, disinclination or listlessness toward work (poor school achievement), insecurity, anxiety, depression (especially after age forty to fifty), rate of attempted suicide about 20% higher, larger number of admittance to clinics in drug cases.

Poor air quality or air flow can also cause many of the above mentioned symptoms. Excessive CO2 can cause poor decision making, poor reasoning, CO (Carbon Monoxide)  can cause hallucinations , light headed feeling, illness and even death.  Long term exposure to either of these gasses in excess can cause  permanent neurological damage.

What can you do?

Click HERE to check out these 12 ways to improve the air quality in your home.


Medication / Drugs

 

It’s no surprise that drugs can cause a false impression of unusual phenomena. Hallucinations and paranoia are a common side effect of many medications. Maybe yours? If you are on medications (even over the counter medications) you should check their interactions with other things you consume throughout the day or week (especially other medications). Many people take medications for a variety of reasons. allergies, headaches, sleeplessness, pain or a host of other reasons.  Not many people stop to consider how these medications react with each other. Usually because the idea of “Over the counter” medication doesn’t seem as serious to some. But that couldn’t be further form the truth. In fact even the caffeine in your morning coffee can interact with some medications.  Do yourself a favor and look to see what side affects these interactions can have. Sometimes  paranoia and or hallucinations, when considered as a solution to your paranormal issues, are not so far fetched.

What can you do?

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Medical Illness

 

Side effects of medical conditions can affect your judgement and perceptions. Hallucinations, defined as the perception of an object or event (in any of the 5 senses) in the absence of an external stimulus, are experienced by patients with conditions that span several fields (e.g., psychiatry, neurology, and ophthalmology). When noted by non-psychiatrists, visual hallucinations, one type of sensory mis-perception, often trigger requests for psychiatric consultation, although visual hallucinations are not pathognomonic of a primary psychiatric illness. Visual hallucinations have numerous etiologies.

Visual and perceptual hallucinations can arise in the context of medical and surgical illness. Treatment typically rests on the underlying etiology, so timely recognition and an understanding of causative mechanisms are crucial. Visual hallucinations have numerous etiologies. Here, we discuss possible mechanisms and offer a differential diagnosis of visual hallucinations, with an emphasis placed on conditions that arise in the context of medical and surgical illness. Treatment typically rests on the underlying etiology, so timely recognition and an understanding of causative mechanisms are crucial.

What can you do?

If you are suffering from some form of physical illness it may be a good idea to check with your doctor to see if there are any hallucinogenic or mood altering side effects associated with the ailment or even the medications used for treatment.


Paranormal Phenomena

 

After all the other items on this page are ruled out. You may have true paranormal activity and we would love to hear about it!.
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