White Witch, on 27 July 2012 - 10:23 AM, said:
Is it possible that investigators that have been in the feild for some time become cynical or jaded? Does it seem at times that investigators can't get along? eg: The person who needs the spot light and doesn't like it taken from them.
I have been studying the paranormal literally all my life, lol. It was a great interest to my grandparents and my grandpa would take me on mini "ghost hunts" when I was small. While in elementary school, most girls my age were reading The Babysitter's Club books; I was reading Hans Holzer, lol. I read everything I could get my hands on, watched anything I could on TV, and when I got a computer with internet in 1997, was in heaven at the vast amounts of knowledge out there. By 14 I had a camera and a cassette recorder and was doing my own investigations at the cemetery behind my house.
I've been with my current group since September 2006, a month after it was created. In addition to investigations and serving as the group's Historic Research Manager, I'm also a tour guide for our group's tour business, run my own website on local hauntings, do consultation work for other groups, and have written my own book, due out at the end of the month. There's not a day that goes by that I'm not involved in something having to do with the paranormal, even if its just something as simple as responding to emails or posting on forums like this one.
So yes...I believe investigators and researchers who have spent a great deal of time in this field do become jaded and cynical, lol!
As someone who has studied both the science and the folklore behind this field, it is frustrating to see people try to pop in this field with little to no understanding of basic concepts. I know that in many venues, we're not dealing with researchers or investigators, but the general public...but its still jading to have to answer the same questions over and over again when a simple scroll down the page gives one ample information. I've tried to be nice and support education, but its hard, lol. I've seen on other forums I'm a member of that people will just get downright nasty, especially with the orbs, lol.
Its further frustrating to see those with such little experience, and so little knowledge of the field "make it big." I'm not in this field for fame or glory, and have myself shied out of a television appearance. I'm in this field to both help others and find my own answers, but its human nature to be a little jealous of those who luck into opportunities when you've worked so hard for so long.
As for investigators not getting along...this is a dynamic field with very little absolutes. When you get more than one strong-willed person on a team, there are going to be disagreements, and if a compromise cannot be met, it will rip that team apart. I've witnessed it 100 times, as other local groups pop up, disappear, reappear as two separate groups, and drama gets spewed. I like the analogy of ghost hunting being a religion, with different sects breaking off, and then separate congregations, each with its own way of doing things and beliefs break off from there. It's sad, and its a blight on this field. We don't all have to agree all the time, but we need to learn to at least be civil and keep grudges away from the public eye.