DISCLAIMER: please if you are a ghost hunter do not be offended. I am not calling you useless. I am just curious.
I think it's really important to know that not everyone understands what is going on in their homes when weird things start happening. We have to keep in mind that even though shows like Ghost Whisperer, TAPS and Most Haunted are all the rage right now, still the majority of people have no idea what is going on in their homes and don't even think it's possibly paranormal. If they do think they are haunted, they are scared out of their minds. I think a person or family only calls in "Ghost Hunters" or Paranormal Investigators as a last resort after every other logical explanation for the activity has been exhausted.
Most people feel embarrassed, think they are crazy, are afraid they are losing thier minds, etc. when these types of events are happening in their homes. Also, they do not talk about it with others for fear of being ostracized. Contrary to how it seems right now, that there is vast acceptance of an afterlife, ghosts, spirits, the paranormal and such, still most people do not believe in this as we (GV members) do. There are probably thousands of skeptics to every one believer, or even higher than that. Plus, depending on a person's relgious background and upbringing, the fear and stigma associated with the paranormal far outweighs any willingness to believe they are being haunted. We are told at a very young age that there are no such things as ghosts and are taught to be ashamed of any abilities we have as children. Remember our imaginary friends, lots of them are actually our spirit guides and/or protectors. By age 6 we are told they don't exist and so we block out that part of our brain in order to please our parents.
So when a person finally makes the decision to call in a team, it is only after much internal debate when they have finally reached their wits end. I know this for a fact because I lived in my house 11 years before I called in a team, and both my daughter and I are psychic and knew we had a spirit or many spirits and portals here. I had no idea how to use a video recorder, EMF meter, tape recorder, EVP recorder, etc, nor would I bother buying any of these items, even though I knew we had something here. Having said that, when the team came, at no charge, and validated everything we saw and even helped some of the spirits move on, it was a huge relief to say the least. Now of course I know how to deal with them myself, so there's no need for another team. But 99.9% of people would never be able to do that for themselves.
I'm so happy that most GVers are Investigators and not Ghost Hunters. Investigators help people and spirits; ghost hunters are just in it for a cheap thrill. I would never describe working with dead people as fun.....there is nothing fun about a soul stuck between two planes of existence. My heart goes out to them and I want to find out why they are stuck, if they are just here for a visit, and what I can do to help.