Everyone has a ghost story to tell, but not everyone is willing to share it. Part of the reluctance comes from knowing that others simply will not believe us, at least, that’s what we tell ourselves. I am convinced that the biggest stumbling block to sharing our paranormal experiences lies in our own self-doubt.
Many of us see and experience things that deny explanation, but refuse to believe it is true. We are much more likely to attribute it to our own imagination, our eyes playing tricks on us or simply assuming our experiences are the result of lack of sleep or fatigue. Sometimes that may be true, but that doesn’t mean it’s always true.
Now, I’m not trying to suggest that we don’t all fall prey to an overactive imagination at times. We do. And, I’m certainly not trying to suggest that every bump in the night should be labeled paranormal without investigating the cause. What I am suggesting is that sometimes we rationalize a bit too much when it comes to paranormal experiences.
How many times have you watched a dramatization of allegedly real events that occurred in a haunted house and wondered to yourself “Why don’t they leave?” Maybe you’ve even mustered up the confidence to declare with conviction, “I would just leave.”
It seems like the logical response -but that isn’t the way it works. The most common reaction from ordinary people like you and me who experience paranormal activity is to ignore it and pretend it doesn’t exist.
Why? Maybe because we are so ingrained to believe that disembodied voices, fleeting apparitions and bumps in the night simply aren’t real that we assume something is wrong with us when we experience them. Our vision must be faltering, our hearing must be off, or even worse, we must be suffering some sort of psychological disorder that alters our sense of perception.
Skeptics claim that those who report tales of the paranormal go to great lengths to make everyday events appear to be paranormal, but I disagree. I believe that the average person goes to great lengths to rationalize events in an attempt to find rational explanations.
When that fails, many of us are content to go our merry way pretending it never happened.
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