When I was a believer, I was shocked to slowly discover that most other believers shared none of my paranormal experiences or any even in the ballpark. The majority of Christians only had faith in a supernatural universe — yet they looked askance at those who claimed to experience it. Well, that is what drew me away from my Baptist circles and into Pentecostal circles where I found a few more like-spirited believers — folks who regularly experienced the paranormal.
Tom Rees describes another study that explores why some folks may be more inclined to these sort of experiences and some aren’t. Interestingly, the study explores “Ghosts” a bit.
I’ve written about two ghost spottings I have had:
The first story is most likely a hyper-deployment of agent-detection after my mom’s death. And both cases happened in the dark when I had some emotional loaded situations going on. So they both fit the conditions Tom mentions. However, by the time I had these experiences, I was no longer religious. I am curious how I would have interpreted them if I had been still a believer in the supernatural. Instead, I comfortably labeled them as ‘very odd’.
Question to readers: Do you see any personality similarities between those you have met who claim to have paranormal experiences vs those who don’t?