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By Stephen Wagner, About.com GuideJanuary 12, 2012
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Whether you answered "helped" or "hurt," please explain your choice in the Comments link below.
Personally, I think that most of these teams are helping people. Yes, there are some real whack jobs out there, and they are not helping anyone, but, for the most part these teams help the people that ask for help.
There are, also, people out there just to get on TV. I’ve said it before and will again, yelling at or threatening a ‘spirit’ does nothing. If it refuses to show itself, what are you going to do, send it to it’s room?
That may look really good on TV, but it does not help the investigation in any way.
I think it has hurt.
I also think that all of the TV shows really hurt.
The TV shows are about spills, chills, and thrills, and NOT the proper way to do an investigation. People get the wrong idea about what they should do during and investigation. Also, yelling at a spirit has to be the most dis respectable thing an investigator could do. How would you like someone barging into your home and yelling and demanding that you ” make and noise or bang on a wall” Lets not forget are living beings. The same as you and I, only without the body anymore. These people sometimes treat these spirits worse than they would their dog.
Please don’t take ANY tips from the paranormal shows about how to hunt ghost. They don’t have a clue what they are doing.
From what I’ve seen a lot of these groups are made up of people with no scientific or investigative backgrounds pretending to be experts, running around with cheap electronic equipment they barely know how to use spooking themselves in the dark.
David has said it all. May I add that I never understood why they have to turn out the lights then use night vision equipment. Why not just leave the lights on?
A majority of these groups are hurting the overall “field” of paranormal investigation. Mostly, these groups are just “ghost hunters” and are out for their own thrill of having their own experience or pretending to be like something on television. The former are present at client’s homes and are not really helpful as they just show up, investigate and leave, and then return with a DVD and a couple of tips they learned on television. The latter are just in it because they see the status of being in the field and do nothing but spread misinformation as fact since most of them have never read a book on Parapsychology or a scientific journal. A majority of groups claim to be scientific on the basis of they carry expensive electronic equipment. The problem is technology does not equal science as science is process. Most groups are in love with the fact that they exist and trying to fool the world with misidentified findings, how helpful is that?
I chose hurt. I enjoy watching some of the shows, but most of them make want to smack something.
I’ve had plenty of personal experiences, some at home, some at work, almost all of them during the day, most with witnesses, so I’m sure there’s some things out there.
I’m with Jen and David on this.
I can see a little good and bad in some Hunters and a lot of bad in most, If a family are truly scared they feel all alone and have nobody to turn to for help ie police fire etc…so if the hunters can come along and ease the fears of folks who are convinced they are being haunted then that can only be a good thing, I cannot say anything good about the likes of “most haunted” who all seem like they are out for a little self gratification and to sell advertising space, except they are bloody funny because they look like complete idiots most of the time, and the women who scream at an ants shadow are just plain annoying and they would be the last people I would turn to for help. So like most things in life there are good and bad.
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