"Are ghosts and spirits dangerous?"
"Can a ghost or spirit hurt you?"
"Have you ever been attacked by a ghost?"
commonly asked question by both new paranormal investigators as well as the
The short answer is: No.
Other than what is portrayed in movies and on TV (even movies that claim to be
based on actual events) there is little evidence to support the idea that ghosts
and spirits can cause you bodily harm, much less severe harm. Putting aside for
a moment cases of demonic hauntings, claimed physical harm by a ghost
and spirits usually
are more legend than fact. However, we always have to remember that we are
dealing with a very unknown subject (the paranormal) and have to temper our
conclusions based on the currently available credible base of evidence.
That is not to say there is no concern for physical danger from ghosts or
spirits. Some very credible sources have reported the physical manifestation of
people being pushed/shoved, knocked down, scratched, burned (intense heat or
cold), objects moved into their path so as to try to trip them, even some cases
of objects moving through the air at them. However, these events (known in the
paranormal investigation field as getting "touched") are extremely
rare events and most paranormal investigators, as well as the general public, will most
likely never counter any of them. Even if such an event is experienced it is
important to maintain a good level of skepticism. Just because you trip over something on
the floor doesn’t mean a ghost put it there for you to trip over. Or you wake up
with a scratch on your arm you don’t recall getting the day before doesn’t mean
you didn’t accidentally scratch yourself during the night.
Similarly, some environment paranormal investigators
enter for investigation contain inherent dangers. Old buildings and structures
often have loose floors, fixtures, sharp points (nails, broken glass, etc) that
all can pose a physical danger to the investigators. Even private home and
private property investigations can have dangers unknown to the paranormal
investigators such as loose carpets, tricky steps, objects poorly attached to
Cases of demonic hauntings hold a somewhat different position due to the intense
energy usually associated with demonic and
inhuman hauntings. The possibility of
encountering one of the above mentioned physical manifestations is greater for
demonic hauntings. However, it has to be remembered that encountering a demonic
entity itself is extremely rare. So the danger is not as great as it first
What is of concern to paranormal investigators (especially ones new to the
field) is the possible harm to their psyche or belief values if they do
encounter an intense paranormal event. While paranormal investigators are wise
to always keep an open mind and not jump to preconceived conclusions, going into
a situation with such preconceived ideas, especially based in faith, is natural
for humans. However, during investigations of paranormal activity it is possible
to observe or experience an event that is intensely shocking to your ideas
and/or beliefs. If you do have such an experience it’s important to talk about
with in your paranormal group (this is one of the many reasons paranormal
investigations should not be conducted alone!) to help understand what it might
be and realize it isn’t necessarily an affront to your ideas or beliefs. Perhaps
even time off from investigating, combined with support from your group, may be
needed until you become more comfortable with the event you experienced.
Paranormal investigation, ghosts and spirits, aren’t inherently dangerous. But
when dealing with the unknown caution and flexibility is always prudent.
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