I just have a little question.
Posted 06 February 2008 - 01:59 AM
DISCLAIMER: please if you are a ghost hunter do not be offended. I am not calling you useless. I am just curious.
Posted 06 February 2008 - 02:39 AM
Posted 06 February 2008 - 04:05 AM
This is a great post.
Posted 06 February 2008 - 06:36 AM
Edited by Lizard King, 06 February 2008 - 06:38 AM.
Posted 06 February 2008 - 08:28 AM
Posted 06 February 2008 - 09:09 AM
Another thing I think is quite common is for people to want proof...they don't want others to think they're crazy and they may even be having doubts about their own sanity. I'm a huge skeptic myself so I'm not sure I would even believe it if things started happening around me that other people thought was obviously paranormal. But if you have someone come in and run a full-scale investigation and find all kinds of evidence, at least you're able to say "my house MIGHT be haunted, because these things happened without any logical explanation". (And btw, most people don't own an audio tape recorder and many don't own a video camera.)
In any case, the number one job of a paranormal investigator is to provide information to the client. They go in to assess the situation and maybe even to give a few ideas about how to deal with it (i.e. ignoring it, house blessing, vocalizing your desire for it to leave, etc.).
"Ghost hunting" is obviously not an exact science, and I'm sure that there isn't one group out there that can say they have all the information, but it's a start. It's a way to begin to deal with a problem that many people face from day to day. And I'm sure that there are clients out there who are thankful for the fact that someone has at least TRIED to help them...whether or not they were successful. If the group has done nothing else for the client, at the very least it has given them an understanding ear.
Sorry this ran so long, but I got on a roll! lol These are just my opinions on the subject and I'm sure there are several different ones out there.
Edited by AnnieV, 06 February 2008 - 09:12 AM.
Posted 06 February 2008 - 10:29 AM
Posted 06 February 2008 - 10:48 AM
Our clients are usually frightened. They are confused and wonder if they're losing their minds and scared for their kids or themselves.
What we do is validate whether there is someone there or not. We then attempt to communicate with whoever's there and, if the homeowner wants it, we try to convince the person to move on and out (if it is, indeed, a haunting rather than someone's grandma popping in to say she loves them). We also will return until everyone's happy with the situation at hand.
Validation calms a lot of people down a LOT... that, in fact, the man they're seeing in the middle of the night is the man that we're seeing and we've got the guy's voice on tape (it really puts a much more human perspective on it if we can get an EVP). It's a very big thing to worry that you're crazy and have validation that you're not. But, since we do cleansings, we do also offer a service that people get value out of (most of the time... nothing in life is guaranteed).
And yeah... ghost hunters are people who trespass in cemeteries and abandoned buildings without a lot of regard for private property or the ghosts. I'm a paranormal investigator and researcher.
Posted 06 February 2008 - 01:50 PM
Posted 06 February 2008 - 07:38 PM
Posted 06 February 2008 - 08:00 PM
Posted 06 February 2008 - 08:00 PM
And to lizard: Labels are labels. People are going to use the latest buzzwords to get recognition. Paranormal investigators is NOT a buzzword that came from a TV show. It's what serious people who research paranormal activity are called. People will argue, "WHo cares, ghosthunters, paranormal investigators etc...all mean the same thing." And I always ask...what is a deer hunter? What is a bear hunter? What is a ghost hunter? enough said.
And sara: not a knock on you, but people who do this for fun are what I call hobby hunters. These people don't know what to do when the *bleep* hits the fan.
Edited by nnyprs, 06 February 2008 - 08:02 PM.
Posted 06 February 2008 - 08:44 PM
That is why I never go out of my home to Investigate strange going ons. I just simply don't stir the "bleep" pot to cause problems in my home, and it is fun. I don't make a passion out of it. I only investigate when the spirit in my home gets fussy, and it does tend to settle the spirit down. I am not a self proclaimed "ghosthunter" or, Paranormal investigator, nor am I a "hobby hunter" or any of the alike . I just find it easier to do it myself than to invite strangers into my home, who could do more damage than good at times or who could be more of a problem to me than the spirit itself.
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