It is amazing how many people believe in the paranormal considering how loudly the skeptics yell. There have been a number of surveys over the past decade which tried to determine how many people really believed in or experienced some type of paranormal activity. A poll conducted by the Gallup Organization notes that 73% believe in some form of paranormal activity such as extrasensory perception, haunted houses, and ghosts. A follow-up survey conducted by Monash University in Australia discovered that more than 70% of the 2000 people surveyed believe that a paranormal event changed their life in some way.
An Introduction to the Paranormal
A blanket term that is often used when discussing the paranormal is parapsychology. Parapsychology uses an experimental approach to determine whether or not an event is considered to be paranormal. In 1957, the Parapsychological Association was created and become affiliated with the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1969. This led to a number of other societies and organized groups of paranormal investigators to be formed throughout the 1970’s.
While paranormal research is often equated to parapsychology, it is actually only one method of research that can be used. Today, the most popular form of research into the paranormal is the Participant-Observer approach. This is where a person immerses themselves in the subject in order to better understand it. The Participant-Observer approach has become popular through paranormal TV shows like Ghost Hunters.
Learn More About Your Favorite Paranormal Stories
The biggest reason that the paranormal grasps the attention of so many people is because of the stories. Paranormal stories have become popular over the past few decades as they are shared through books, movies, television, and the internet. Believe it or not, the best known collector of paranormal stories is considered to be Charles Fort. He collected stories related to the paranormal in order to get a better understanding of the subject through an anecdotal approach. It is said that he collected more than 40,000 notes on unexplained paranormal experiences. From these, he wrote 7 books although only 4 can be found in print today. His notes covered a variety of topics ranging from teleportation and poltergeists to ball lightning and mysterious appearances/disappearances.
There is a good chance that “scary stories” are how you were introduced to the paranormal. Everyone hears one or two ghost stories that stick with them throughout their entire life. For some, these stories fuel a passion that will keep them researching, investigating, and enjoying the paranormal for their entire lives.
Discover the Most Popular Paranormal TV Shows
There are more paranormal TV shows today than ever before. Some of them have become increasingly popular, while others didn’t attract a large enough audience to survive. These shows have combined to cover nearly every facet of the paranormal, from a variety of angles. Everyone has a fair share of favorite paranormal TV shows, whether it is for entertainment or educational purposes. You will be introduced to some of the most popular and controversial paranormal shows throughout this website.
Joining Forces With Paranormal Investigators
If you want to become an active part of the paranormal community, then watching and commenting on shows is just the beginning. There are more ways than ever to learn about how to research paranormal events on your own or with a group of paranormal investigators. If you are just getting started, then don’t hesitate to contact a local paranormal group and ask them some questions. They are always open to a lively discussion about the paranormal and for another enthusiast to join the team.
Preparing Yourself for the Paranormal
The first thing that you need to do is study about the paranormal subjects that interest you the most. One important fact that many people don’t realize is that there are very few “professional” paranormal investigators. While there are people who make a living studying the paranormal, this lifestyle is achieved through writing books, giving lectures, and hosting tours. This means that most investigators are amateurs and do it because they love it. The best part is you can too. All you need is an open mind and an eagerness to learn.
Buying Your Own Paranormal Equipment
Some people immediately want to buy their own paranormal equipment. This is a great idea because it gives you an opportunity to learn how all of the equipment works before actually using it on-site during a paranormal investigation. If you are joining a fairly stable group to do your investigating, then you may want to ask them how you can contribute. There is no reason to buy the same equipment that the group already has. On the other hand, if you work with multiple groups or a group that consistently changes, then having your own paranormal equipment is the only way to make sure that you have exactly what you need, when you need it.
Take Part in the Growing Paranormal Community
When you go ghost hunting, you will normally be using the Participant-Observer approach to the paranormal. This approach overlaps with a number of research methodologies, most notably the phenomenological approach. This strategy is to focus on describing the paranormal events as they are experiences, rather than trying to explain them.
There are literally hundreds (if not thousands) of paranormal investigation groups in North America and hundreds more in Western Europe. If there is one constant in the paranormal community, it is the desire to give back. Universally, the community almost never charges to do an investigation for someone who is reporting a potential haunting or presence. While they may ask for donations to cover travel expenses, the real goal is simply to help everyone sleep better at night and feel safer in their home. Plus, you never know when you could find legitimate evidence that the paranormal is all around us.
There is no reason that you can’t join the paranormal community today. Even if you are a skeptic, there is place for you. Getting involved with the paranormal doesn’t mean that you have to believe all of the paranormal stories that you hear. All you need is an open mind, the ability to stay objective, and a hunger to learn more about the paranormal.