Excuse me ma'am but your eyeliner is running. Wait, that is eyeliner right? My bad.Growing up I always believed in ghosts. In fact, I was terrified of them as a kid. I guess that can be attributed to my dad letting me watch poltergeist and other scary movies when I was 6 . I even had a "ghost gun", as we called it, to shoot the ghosts that were floating around the house. I had a lot of fun with that. But, as I've gotten older I've become more skeptical which isn't uncommon for anyone. School has definitely helped change my view and level of skepticism especially with being a psychology major where everything is logical. But that's not to say that I blindly believe whatever someone with a Ph.D tells me. I understand that professors have their own views and biases. When the topic of parapsychology comes up in regards to pseudoscience I find myself looking around as if I'm a sheep in wolf's clothing (yes I know that's backwards).
I tend to look more objectively at paranormal claims now. But, I've always been skeptical to some degree in the first place but now I can pick out details that make the claim unfalsifiable and then at some point I feel like a hope killer. I know that the second a claim is unfalsifiable then it's useless.
Something else that renewed my interest and thought in the paranormal was a somewhat recent episode of Hypnagogia/phantom smells (whatever you want to call it). I'm not sure if it's right to call it an episode because it only happened one night but it did happen three to four times consecutively that night. The experience was complete with phantom smells and seeing a figure that wasn't there. Was it paranormal? Who knows? But my guess would be no. Experiences like these can chalked up to logical explanations. However, sleep paralysis is a whole other story. It's understandable medically how sleep paralysis can happen but what renews my faith, for lack of a better word, that it could be paranormal to some extent is the commonality of sufferers seeing a hag. Now that's what gets me. What would cause groups of people of different ages, sexes, and geographic locations to all see hags in a majority of cases? Is the image of a hag universally frightening to all cultures? Why not a dog, bear, or even an octopus? Could you imagine seeing an octopus sitting on your chest? . So, why the hag then?
One thing that I do appreciate about science is that a researcher should always be open to the possibility of anything. So even if something like paranormal experiences is not proven they still should not be thrown out the window entirely. This principle tosses my inner child a cookie that ghosts and beasties could exist somewhere. Who knows?