Originally Posted by Dr. J
You've got me thinking. Is there a pattern to who gets haunted?
Among those who've experienced definitive hauntings:
(1) Is there a (reverse?) correlation between ghost-experiences and educational attainment (at the time of the experience)?
(2) Is there a correlation between ghost-experiences and religious upbringing?
(3) Is there a correlation between ghost-experiences and having a parent/older family member who had ghost-experiences?
(4) Is there a (reverse?) correlation between ghost-experiences and age?
What do you think? Can anyone suggest any other possibilities?
Dr. J I'll answer your questions the best that I can, and anyone else can feel free to jump in too.
(1) I honestly have no clue about that. I consider myself a pretty smart guy, and I have always done well in school. While I've always put stock in science I've never denied the possibility that there may be another dimension of existence out there that we haven't found yet. I think educational attainment only affects your experiences in this context if you let it narrow your mind.
(2) In some cases I think there is a definite correlation. Some religions believe that there are spirits and evil entities that we cannot see. In Catholicism we are taught about demons and demonic possession and spirits that roam around. In some religions, I can't remember the names unfortunately, they believe that once you die your spirit is gone and that it's impossible for a human spirits to continue to exist without a body. Through those teachings your perceptions of the world around you could be affected. Like I said, some hauntings are caused by the person and not by the environment. If you're not open to the messages they are sending then the ghosts around you won't even try and make contact.
(3) There is a definite correlation. For example, my mother has had prophetic dreams before. She's had dreams about people and have then met that person a week or so later. I believe the ability to sense these things run in families. And also, like I said, if parents believe these things are possible then they teach they're children that they are possible. Parents help shape us, and some of what they believe takes hold in us. They can either open our minds to these things or close them off. My mother never told me about the dreams she has until I started experiencing all these things. She never discouraged my belief, but she never encouraged it either and I still experienced these things.
(4) From my personal experience I'd say absolutely. My grandfather died when I was 8. He wasn't ready to die. We were always close and he wanted to be around to see me make my first communion and grow up. One night I woke up and I saw him in my doorway and he was glowing like a rainbow. The next morning I wrote it off as a dream, but after I was haunted those times I started to consider that I actually saw my grandfather's spirit because he wanted to see me that one last time.
It's also documented that children are more innocent, trusting and open minded, which allows them to perceive things adults cannot. Spirits and demons alike (if you believe in demons) will always try and corrupt the young because they are easier to contact/control.
Hope I answered your questions.