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Posted 12 December 2009 - 02:51 AM

my daughter has been telling me for years she see's  ghosts..............i use to catch her playing with her tea set like she was really sitting and having a conversation with someone(although i do realize this is also a great imagination and make believe play).....i'm not sure......she doesn't say it as much any more.......makes you wonder though :hmm:

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Posted 12 December 2009 - 10:23 PM

well it is my personal belief in the supernatural that led me to this theory it is that children see things that may or may not be their and are more willing to believe it but if your sonj or daughter say's with no doubt in their voice they saw something they did but to answer the question it is a great deal of imagination


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Posted 19 December 2009 - 07:38 PM

I Think Children Are More Sensitive Then Adults, for There Mind Has Not Been Fully Programed To Disbelieve There Intuitive Knowing, and To See Paranormal Things as Crazy" Impossible".People even sensitive people tend to get closed off from the other side, because of older peoples one sided view.You tend to view things with how your raised to, and when you grow up cling on deeper to the common views of those around you as a child, or you let your self step out from the shadow of others beliefs.Some kids invisible friends(spirits, etc) may be what ye is not open to. Or it could be a form of dealing with a lonely childhood and creating something only known in there heart. Or it may be a thought form. Many view points exist. But I'm not saying all kids are sensitive to these stuff, but that they hold the gift more so then adults.   Dare to believe in the unseen, but see with spirit of heart. ;)

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Posted 20 December 2009 - 12:03 AM

Twice I have seen what I can only describe as a shapeless, colourless,it seemed to be a sort of black but it was more as if whatever it was,was absorbing all light and not reflecting any colour at all,both times it disappeared into the undergrowth.Very hard to explain.The second time I saw it the first thing that I thought was "Blackbird",which was absolutely ridiculus,as this shape was the size of a wild boar,which was what I was trying to track at the time.It was as if I'd seen something that I could not logically explain,so my mind just gave out the first thing it could think of !,very,very weird.I have no explaination of this at all, it was really very strange to "hear" your brain trying to give a rational explanation to something so odd.

I'm not saying there should be capital punishment for stupidity,but why not just take the safety labels off and let the issue resolve itself ?.

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Posted 04 January 2010 - 11:23 AM

View PostPaul Noise, on 18 November 2009 - 07:56 PM, said:

My opinion, it is just imagination. People just want to believe that stuff about purity, and that they (children) haven't been away from the spirit world long enough to have the "gift" leave them. Or that people keep telling kids stuff isn't real, then they can't see it anymore. It's just wishful thinking. We all do it, sometimes. Kids are great at it because their suspension of disbelief is so high.

+1, it is just imagination, they see to many movies or hear to many tales. Its also just natural for them to believe in things and be afraid of the dark and isolation which causes them (not intentionally) to create and conjure up what they see as ghosts etc.

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Posted 04 January 2010 - 04:53 PM

My son believes in many things including Santa, the Easter bunny, tooth fairy, Pokemon, and transformers. He has spent hours watching cars go by looking for autobots and decepticons. Children are not small adults. Teachers understand this when they teach young children. A child's understanding of the world is not an adults.

I use the word 'legend' to describe things that are fictional. If either of my kids asks if ghosts are real I tell them, "Not sure. I think they are legends." I say the same when discussing Tom Sawyer.

He's only 8 and it speeds up the reading to avoid discussing whether or not cannons can raise drowned bodies, dead cats can be used to remove warts, searching for hainted houses, etc.

Are children more in tune with the paranormal? I don't think so. It's a matter of having less experience, less knowledge, and more importantly thinking different than an adult.

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Posted 08 January 2010 - 10:14 AM

View PostTest Subject, on 11 December 2009 - 12:58 PM, said:

I think kids "see things" for 2 main reasons. One is, as you mention, their over-active imaginations. The other reason is their inability to accurately perceive and identify what they see. Kids see strange lighting or shadows or some such thing and the first thing that jumps in their mind is "GHOST!" whereas I see the same thing and the first thing that pops in my mind is "car headlight".

I agree. I think it's the same reason why animals are "so susceptible to paranormal activity". Animals can hear something strange but because they lack something called a human brain and the ability to use logic, they freak out over it. Same thing with kids. I can't tell you how many times I've heard kids asking me to turn on a night light, they're afraid of a monster, etc. I still get scared sometimes over stupid crap, and I'm 22 years old. Imagine what it's like for a 5-year old kid whose brain is nowhere near as sophisticated as mine.

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Posted 10 January 2010 - 03:12 AM

I'm not sure what is true, but this is my experience.  I had an hour to kill and decided to swing by the cemetery to "visit" a friend who was buried there.  I had my 3 year old son with me and he has NEVER been to a cemetery before.  When I stopped the car, my son said he was scared.  I asked him why and he said there was someone standing under the tree next to the car.  I could not see anyone and got chills down my back.  I asked if it was a mommy (female) or a daddy (male) and he said it was a daddy.  I did not get out of the car and decided to leave.  I told my son to wave good-bye to the person under the tree and he said they were waving back at him.  I live near Gettysburg PA and go to the battlefield quite frequently.  Gettysburg is said to be one of the most haunted placed in the U.S.  My son has never felt uneasy or saw anything in Gettysburg, so I don't know if he is more sensitive or not or if his experience in the cememtery was just a freak incident.

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Posted 13 January 2010 - 11:20 PM

It is my belief that it may not be the paranormal that children may be seeing, but their imagination creating entities in order to entertain, or compensate for lack of memories. My parents tell me frequently about my 'angel', as i called him. According to them, I used to talk about a man that flashed and flew like a bird, that would talk to me and never left. In the present, I take that experience as a figment of a young child's imagination, to entertain himself as well as create companionship. Therefore, I find that my explanation to be applicable to other situations as well.

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Posted 13 January 2010 - 11:27 PM

In a friend of mine's old house there was a completely uninteresting corner of the living room that her daughter always used to stare at, saying that there was a man there. On separate occasions - so one couldn't have influenced the other - their cat would also stare at the exact same spot.
So on this evidence I have two choices... there are some things that 'simpler' minds pick up on and we do not, or there are certain fluctuations in light and atmosphere that they find fascinating and we do not.
I'm not sure which one I believe. I have always found stone tape theory the most plausible explanation for ghosts, the idea that certain images are somehow imprinted on our surroundings and played back to us when the circumstances are right. Perhaps children are most susceptible to these 'broadcasts'?

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Posted 14 January 2010 - 03:27 PM

Children express a wide range of imaginative behavior. The less imaginative behavior might be something like my kid claiming that the stuffed toy will eat me up. The kids roar for it and run the face of the stuffed toy over me. No one thinks that the stuffed toy will bite. It's a game. If my kid now tells me that the stuffed toy can talk and tells my kid that it's okay to eat candy before dinner we all say something like, "Tell your toy no candy."  It's still a game. If the child sits his toys in a circle and talks to them like the teacher then we all think it's a game. If the child responds to questions from the toys we think how cute. If the child offers imaginary food to the toys once more it's "How cute." If the child brings in real food for the toys and then tells us that the toys ate the food it's still "How cute."

Now what if the child talks to an imaginary person? Some people might claim this is evidence of something weird and no longer a game. All I see is a range of imaginative activity that grays from 1 to the next. The items I see adults pointing to are the imagination of children that scare the adult. Maybe make the adult apprehensive is a better way of stating it.

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Posted 09 February 2010 - 06:53 AM

I'd like to preface this by saying I'm not ridiculing anyone or trying to deny or disprove anyone's own claims, only give my own personal opinion of this subject, which I do not believe most people do intentionally, but is more an unconscious tendency that manifests subtly, creating the environment for this to take place.

I think the idea that children are sensitive or can see ghosts and such  is imagination or misidentification and confusion on the part of the child (or adult), as well as the adults wanting to ascribe specialness to their child, and to also use their child as a conduit, to allow them to also believe in "magic" again, the paranormal.

They project this perception onto their child, until the child hears this enough and believes it or even starts to behave appropriately in a manner to be rewarded by the parent, by positive reinforcement and nurturing these "abilities", possibly even developing in the child a lifelong "gift" or idea that they can see and feel things, but which are actually not there at all, but is instead the wind, a draft, etc.  

At the same time, regardless of their previous beliefs (though most were already inclined toward the mystical), the parents suddenly "rediscover" and "remember" old abilities they themselves "had", and could see and hear and feel spirits, and now can still do it "sometimes".  Since the parent's genetics or psychic aura or something is allegedly transferred to offspring, that means not only is the child obviously a very special being, but that means the parent must be too!  

In one example, a mother was carrying her 22 month old, which pointed at empty air and said "ghost", which the mom asked for her to repeat what she said, and the 22 month old said there was a ghost (according to the mother - though I'm skeptical on the clear and accurate speech of 22 month olds).  We are not born knowing what ghosts are, or what significance they have or that they're unusual or break natural laws and established theories, or are a philosophical and religious hot button, so it is rather unlikely a child (especially ones so young) would  "recognize" or understand a ghost if they saw one.  

They most definitely couldn't know or use the correct traditional word, unless they have been raised, surrounded and influenced in an environment in which such things are talked about as factual or at least regularly, much the same way more religious Christian children might report "seeing angels", or earlier rural Europeans reported seeing fairies - it is part of the inherent condition and legend of the ambient culture, so it is incorporated into their belief system, expectations and personal symbolism.

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Posted 02 March 2011 - 01:21 PM

View Postmataroki, on 17 November 2009 - 04:09 PM, said:

rumor and wives tale say that kids have a purity that let them see ghosts n monsters and faeries and what not,but are they seriously seeing these things,or is it just therre imagination?
i think it's something do with the fact that they are more open minded, so they can see a lot more stuff...people who don't believe are unlikely to see something because they won't look for it but children don't experience this until they get older, which allows them to see things other people can't...

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Posted 02 March 2011 - 03:11 PM

View PostKatieBanana, on 08 January 2010 - 10:14 AM, said:

I agree. I think it's the same reason why animals are "so susceptible to paranormal activity". Animals can hear something strange but because they lack something called a human brain and the ability to use logic, they freak out over it.

I agree. I think the main factor is that both animals and little children lack the ability to properly communicate what they are seeing (or not seeing) and then people jump to conclusions from this. If a dog starts barking at nothing or refusing to go in a certain room, some people immediately think "ghost!" Of course, the dog can't tell them what it is really barking at.
I think the same principle applies to children. They lack the descriptive skills to accurately describe what they saw and this leads the parent to fill in the blanks. For example, a streetlight outside a kid's bedroom window happens to shine on their wall in a vague shape of a man. The kid tells their parents that they "saw a man made of light" in their room. It's easy to see how that could be misconstrued as a ghost.

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Posted 02 March 2011 - 04:26 PM

I honestly think that children have strong imaginations PLUS they are unable, due to their lack of discernment and knowledge, they are unable to identify the normal effects of natural occurrences.

They may see lights reflecting off their bedroom wall at night due to passing cars and may think it is a ghost or they might see a firefly off in the distance blinking on and off and think it is a faery or whatever but to actually see anything super-natural??

I just don't think so. I simply think children get overly involved in their imaginations when they play and they get stuck on one idea and become insistent that what they seen is real or is as they claim it is.

Just my view.

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