Feb. 4, 2012
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provides the information that ghost hunters or anyone interested in the
paranormal should know about and
understand before venturing out into the unknown.
Who qualifies to call himself or herself a ghost hunter?
What does a person have to do to become a ghost hunter?
Technically anyone's qualified to be called a ghost hunter. The spectrum
ranges from the scientific professionals to the weekend hobbyist. with
more and more hobbyists claiming to be serious researchers, the line is
quite blurred. Anyone curious enough to explore the paranormal is a
ghost hunter. For the most part, it's a technical craft where most of
the knowledge will be self taught and learned as you go along.
If you're going to be successful as a ghost hunter you'll need to study
and understand the theories and methods of ghost hunting, the sciences
behind those theories and learn how to apply them in the field. You will
need to practice using the tools of the trade, and most importantly, you
will have to learn to develop a keen guiding instinct.
Serious researchers are bound by the Scientific Method
while hobbyists will quite often ignore it.
Most ghost hunters already believe in ghosts. However the theories
regarding what ghosts are can vary greatly from one ghost hunter to
another. The toughest part of becoming a good ghost hunter is learning
how to go into ghost hunts thinking and acting like a skeptic. That's
right a skeptic. It's the ghost hunter's duty to be open-minded and
examine all of the facts for any logical explanations. The word
open-minded does not mean solely believing in the existence of ghosts
and not excepting any other hypotheses. Instead it refers to analyzing
every option that could account for the phenomena. It is important to
stress the use of scientific method, because without it, you will prove
Ghost hunters must be fair, rational and always searching for the
logical explanation. The ghost hunter's job is to uncover the absolute
truth, no matter what that truth may be. There are thousands of ghost
hunters, but only a handful of good ghost hunters. Understanding this
simple fact will make you a better, more knowledgeable ghost hunter.
What are ghosts?
The honest answer here is that no one really knows. There has never been
any absolute proof in the existence of survival beyond death or ghosts
for that matter. This is the result of decades of ghost hunters that
have refused to use scientific method. Instead they have often relied
upon the use of psychics, medium and other questionable methods. You
cannot use the paranormal to prove the paranormal.
Do reasonable people believe in ghosts?
Over 80% of people polled believe in the existence of ghosts and there
is no shortage of people with ghost stories to tell. Some people may
have never told their story before out of fear that their friends and
peers would ridicule them. It's important for those people who have seen
ghosts or had a supernatural experience to know that they are not alone.
When people begin to share stories they will find out very quickly that
others have had the same types of experiences and they are curious to
know if they have actually had a paranormal experience or have mistaken
a mundane occurrence for a ghost.
What makes up a "good" ghost hunter?
First and foremost, the use of scientific method. A good ghost hunter
has hypotheses that he has either developed or adopted. These hypotheses
determine exactly what he is looking for and how he expects to find it.
Ghost hunters should also enter ghost hunts as a detective would, taking
notes, doing interviews, researching locations and the location's
background. The detective side of a ghost hunter has to be aware of all
logical and natural explanations and do their best to find a reasonable
conclusion. The forensics side is the part that most ghost hunters fail
to develop. A ghost hunter should treat each alleged haunted location
like a crime scene. They must meticulously go over the area and
carefully gather any physical evidence while not disturbing the scene's
environment. Drawing maps and diagrams of the layout, staging
reenactments. Analyzing even the smallest of clues that may have been
The final element of a good ghost hunter is the researcher. You must
have a vast working knowledge of the science behind your hypotheses.
What it comes down to is a ghost hunter really has to know their stuff
to make it past this point. Continue your education and be willing to
Are there rules that apply to all ghosts?
When hunting for ghosts don't look for any rules or absolutes. There are
no guarantees on predicting when and where a ghost will appear and it's
appearance doesn't seem to follow any special pattern. Sometimes a ghost
is nothing more than a sharp chill or the odd feeling of being watched.
In other cases, the ghosts cannot be distinguished from a living person.
Ghosts have been known to interact with the living or just make
acknowledgment with a quick glance or eye contact. In other accounts the
ghosts seem unaware of the presence of living people and appear to be
acting out some part of their own past life.
The majority of what people believe ghosts are and what they can do is
based on belief systems. You must be able to approach a ghost hunt with
an open mind, understanding that the reported events are probably not
paranormal in nature.
Other considerations about Ghost hunting:
High tech gadgets can be very helpful in aiding a good ghost hunter who
knows the proper use of each piece of equipment. Knowing exactly what
the equipment does and how to work the equipment is very important.
Always test and practice each piece of equipment for several days or
weeks before attempting to use them in the field. Give yourself time to
learn all of the different, and sometimes complicated, functions.
There are many ghost hunting groups out there. Huge differences can
exist between group "A" and group "B". Ask questions and thoroughly look
through shier website before making a determination to join or not. This
will save you allot of wasted time and expense in the long run. Be sure
that the group is right for you.
is the difference between a paranormal investigator and a
Ghost hunters deal with ghosts.
Paranormal investigators deal with the paranormal, which includes many
other subjects besides ghosts.