by Dana R. Arevalo,
P.O.V. Contributing Writer
Halloween is soon upon us. I thoroughly enjoy Halloween: costumes, candy, decorations, parties, Halloween parades, pumpkins, and classic horror movies. Oh, and I almost forgot ghosts. Since Halloween embraces ghosts, spirits, goblins, it is a perfect time to bring up GHOSTS.
Are they real? Many individuals believe that ghosts do not exist while others claim to coexist with ghosts and/or paranormal activity and believe the phenomena is real. In doing some research, it was difficult to find a concrete scientific explanation for ghosts and many psychologists claim that ghosts are hallucinations. According to Professor Richard Wiseman and the New Humanist, 30 percent of the population believe in ghosts and 15 percent have had personal dealings with ghosts.
I personally fall under that 15 percent. I do believe that ghosts and spirits are real. Fortunately, I have not encountered one in a long while. While growing up, my sister, mom, dad, and I all felt another presence in the house. I never heard any speaking. However, my sister and mom have. I would experience a feeling at night where I couldn't move as if someone was sitting on my chest taking my breath away. For awhile, I passed it off as sleep paralysis. This "sleep paralysis" would never occur anywhere but at my family home. There were also other things that happened, as well; toys moving on their own. Eventually I began sleeping with the lights on.
Whether or not there is a scientific or psychological explanation, I still believe in ghosts. Recently, an old classmate of mine lost her father. She claims that she received a blank email from her father's account several weeks after he died. Coincidence? I never received a blank email from anyone? Have you?
Do you believe in ghosts? Why or why not? Please share. Please view the fun infographic below.