Are You Hallucinating?

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After researching “strange things” for more than a decade I have found little evidence supporting the idea of dis-incarnate beings (Still Searching). The “ghosts” I used to fear as a kid have somehow succumbed to research and rationalization. That is NOT to say however, that strange things do not occur in this world. We are far from discovering everything and “weird” occurrences are not owned solely by those with new age perspectives.  Science certainly has it’s share of bizarre.  All of that being said, over the years I have realized that “most” of what is claimed to be paranormal is simply a product of flaws in perception, either induced by environment or by the failure of a rational thought process.

I know there are thousands who will argue with what I have just said. People who claim to have personal experiences very often defend those claims to the death. But what I find interesting is that most people making these claims will be more likely to believe that a dis-incarnate being is existing in their home and tormenting them, before acknowledging that the idea that the whole experience is a hallucination or misconception.

I had a discussion a while back with an individual who claimed to see a young girl in his bedroom one night.  According to to his claim, she stood in the corner of his room for almost 5 minutes before disappearing. I asked him “How do you know you weren’t hallucinating?” his reply was “I never hallucinate, so that’s unlikely” I couldn’t help but challenge his statement by replaying “So, it’s more likely you are being visited by the soul of a dead girl rather than simply hallucinating in a dark room?” He never replied.

In relation to this subject I have recently found a fantastic article that speaks about the common nature of Hallucinations. According to the article written by Dartmouth University, it’s not all that uncommon and interestingly the age brackets seem to fit with those most commonly claiming a paranormal sighting.

Excerpt:

In general, hallucinations occur slightly more often in males than females. They are most common in males between ages 25-30, while females peak around age 40-50. Aging increases hallucinations in both sexes (2). The increase in hallucinations with age might have to do with the deaths of loved ones. It is not unusual to see dead friends and relatives; these hallucinations are considered normal, perhaps part of the grieving process. Almost half of widows and widowers have hallucinations of their dead spouse, most commonly in the first 10 years of widowhood (3). The occurrence of these hallucinations is unrelated to social isolation or depression— they actually increase with length of marriage, the happiness of the relationship, and parenthood. They are even considered helpful accompaniments and a coping mechanism of widowhood.”

You can read the full article here: Hallucination: A normal phenomenon?

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