Have you ever felt someone’s around you while you were completely alone or have you felt that something supernatural is happening around you but you cannot scream or move from the bed?
About 72 percent of Americans believe that afterlife and the other supernatural things that go bump at night are real even when it isn’t proven till now. So, what are these ghosts doing in your bedroom? Are they real or just a delusion? So, what if we bring those cracking sounds and shadow-like figures into the simple explanation of the science realm?
Let’s take the one we said before as an example. People experience what is known as the hypnagogic hallucination; a crystal clear, dream-like sensation where you can see, feel, hear even smell such things that aren’t real but while you’re dreaming your brain is still much alert, thus you’re feeling like this. The senior research fellow for Fellow for Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, Joe Nickel said, “People are more prone to see a ghost when they are in an altered state of consciousness. Wondering through a spooky place while you’re tired is a good recipe for a ghost.” Meaning it’s all in the mind.
The hypnagogic hallucination or the waking dream is so realistic no one can distinguish between reality and dream. It happens when your brain is quite alert but your body is still sleeping. You will feel, see, hear even smell such things that aren’t real but the mind will trick you in such a way that you’ll start to experience this. Nickel said, “They’ll often see the entity coming into their room standing by their bed or trying to choke them and they’re not able to move or talk or scream or do anything. It’s a trick of the mind when the mental image is being superimposed on the actual visual scene. So the imagined events seem very real. The mind is not at its sharpest when we’re tired or lost in thought.”
When people are alone, in a dark place, people often feel vulnerable but not to someone who belongs from this world but to someone who lives in the other world, in simple term, we call them ghosts. This fear is known as Phasmophobia, fear of ghosts.
Founder of the American Paranormal Research Association (APRA) Brandon Alvis said, “A majority of the time, people become so consumed by the thought of a ghost inhabiting their home that it affects the quality of life. It can cause panic attacks and keep people apart from loved ones. Symptoms typically include shortness of breath, rapid breathing, irregular heartbeat, sweating, nausea and the overall feeling of dread. Although everyone experiences fear of ghosts in their own way and may have different symptoms.”
Ghosts are all about believing if you strongly believe that they exist and are haunting you then you’re more prone to have something to you.