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Are Ghosts Mentally Ill?

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Hi, Like many of you probably are, I'm a paranormal-show junkie. It's really all I watch on the tube except the news and comedy now and then for ballast. What I've noticed from watching most of the shows is that instead of being ghost-hunters, what these people actually seem to be doing is reaching out to the mentally ill in a form of afterlife-therapy.

I think a sign of sanity is to move on after you die; to ascend to that other plane to work on more stuff there. But for some reason, some people have stuffed back their spiritual selves and become monsters, or twisted or in such deep physical ruts that they cannot conceive of the fact that they've died. In other words, ghosts seem to be just a simple manifestation of a symptom of gross mental illness.

There are some that appear though to be here to help, as part of their work. They would not be classified as mentally ill; and they seem to stay in the background for the most part. But the vast majority of obvious hauntings are of beings who were so strapped down in life that they refuse to consider alternatives. My pet theory is that many of these people have so much repressed guilt and shame and secrets they did not air to the world, that they intuit [or have been shown a preview?] that if they move on, they will have to face the music of what they did. And the fear of doing that keeps them lodged on the peripheral of the physical world,

Discuss.

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I personally don't beleive in "ghosts". I think they are left over "energy" or manifestation of either something very very positive or something very very negative. Not an actual spirit.

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No, but the people that see them are.

Did I do that right, non-experiencers? Surprised I beat you to it.

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Personally, I find the whole concept of disembodied spirits trapped or stuck between world a little silly, or locked here to do or fix something but they have no power to actually fix what they need to fix. Why are there no ghosts of people who have been buried at sea? If ghosts are left over energy from some horrible event then I should be able to return to Vietnam and find myself haunting a couple of old fire bases.

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Personally, I find the whole concept of disembodied spirits trapped or stuck between world a little silly, or locked here to do or fix something but they have no power to actually fix what they need to fix. Why are there no ghosts of people who have been buried at sea? If ghosts are left over energy from some horrible event then I should be able to return to Vietnam and find myself haunting a couple of old fire bases.

If it's left over energy then it's not you... lol

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Why are there no ghosts of people who have been buried at sea?

SS Watertown. :passifier:

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Casper The Friendly But Mentally Ill Ghost just doesn't have the same ring to it for me.. :unsure:

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I know I'm new but that will change..lol..

Meanwhile, in the forum rules I think it said we are supposed to entertain the subject as if it has merit and not post disparaging remarks about people who believe they may be true. May be true. I'm a sceptic too. I watch those ghost shows with an eye of suspicion. Some of them are downright ridiculous like "haunted collector". That guy is all about collecting valuable objects he says are "haunted"... "No ma'am, that plastic jug isn't haunted, but that gold brooch sure is giving me the creeps! From the 18th Century you say? It's haunted FOR SURE..and I need to remove it from the home..."

:yes:

I think Bill Gates' bank account is haunted so I'll need to do an exorcism of it over to my account.. :tu:

But really, some of the stuff they find though makes you wonder. The IR cameras are pretty hard to fake. And just plain footage of odd EVPs and moving bodies. I'm sceptical too of hardened sceptics. Sometimes people make a religion out of being opposed to anything outside their immediate experience and discount mounting evidence from others merely because they themselves haven't experienced it. I've never seen neutrons, for example, but I tend to give scientists who corroborate them with instruments like cameras and recording devices the benefit of the doubt.

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Well, if ghosts do exist, and ghosts are dead people... Then sure, I guess they could be mentally ill.

I mean, given some of the things they do in stories.. A person threatening to kill or evilly doing bad things to get people to leave. Or a person so obsessed with a house that they refuse to leave even when new people move in. Or a person that's obsessed with their body. Most of that would not really be considered mentally stable in living people, so I guess that could apply to dead people too.

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If it's left over energy then it's not you... lol

Yes, but if it's my energy left over from the day.....then? I mean, will I reabsorb it? Will it confront me? Will it embrace me and move on? Or will we simply cancel each other out in some time continuum thing?

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No, but the people that see them are.

Did I do that right, non-experiencers? Surprised I beat you to it.

Yes, yes you did. But I wouldn't call people who see them mentally ill. After all, is someone who hallucinates mentally ill? Not necessarily. Drugs and being sick in other ways can produce hallucinations.

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And also, people just see ghosts. It's possible therefore, that they exist. We didn't understand what bacteria were, or that they existed. Before the microscope, disease was caused by "the vapors" and anyone who thought differently was "mentally ill" or a heretic.

Funny how time changes absolutes.

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Yes, but if it's my energy left over from the day.....then? I mean, will I reabsorb it? Will it confront me? Will it embrace me and move on? Or will we simply cancel each other out in some time continuum thing?

How am I supposed to know?! lol

If i knew thta I'd unlock the secrets of the "other side" if there is one. lol

I see it more like you give positive or negative. Like when you love somehting so much it can cause positive energy to manifest. When you ahte too much or die horirble their is amanifestation of negative energy. I don't see it as part of you, jsut more like giving off body ehat sort of thing. But this is jsut my personal view. I don't base it on much. Well except the fact if you are nice to 1 person it can chnage the world as it carries on, which I see as positive energy being created. Again sadly the same applies for negative. But you need both to exist otherwise the other wouldn't.

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Well my idea here was to skip over the debate of whether or not ghosts exist, take the word of the thousands and thousands [millions maybe even] who have seen them and who have nothing to gain by reporting it, and assume they exist for the purpose of this topic. And the topic is whether or not they are mentally ill. Or maybe the topic is "the prevalence of ghosts that appear mentally ill". Given the assumed presumption.

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Aye...I don't believe that the spirits, ghosts or whatever it is that exists are 'mentally challenged'. I wouldn't believe for a second that they're bound here because of guilt, shame or regret but who am I

to say what's right and wrong about what's after life when I'm still working on this whole 'being alive' thing.

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Mentally ill and mentally challenged are 2 different things.

This is the most offensive topic ever. Just because you're mentally ill does not mean that once you die you'd choose 'not to go into the light' or whatever nonsense YOU believe.

Good grief.

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This topic wasn't meant to be offensive. Some people may be hypersensitive to the subject of mental illness though. It was meant to be exploratory. For instance, many hauntings seem to surround suicides or murders, deep regrets or obsessive atttachments. All four of those phenomenon are symptoms of mental illness.

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This topic wasn't meant to be offensive. Some people may be hypersensitive to the subject of mental illness though. It was meant to be exploratory. For instance, many hauntings seem to surround suicides or murders, deep regrets or obsessive atttachments. All four of those phenomenon are symptoms of mental illness.

IF you believe in hauntings. Murders have nothing to do with mental illness unless possibly committed by a serial killer and that would fall under sociopathy. Technically Sociopathy is an antisocial personality disorder as is psychopathy and both are not curable and sometimes debated if they fall under the category of mental illness. BUT serial killing is rarer than you think percentage wise.

As for as deep regrets, since when is that a mental illness? I believe you need to research mental illness a bit further.

Obsessive attachments could fall under the category of OCD or obsessive compulsive disorder and I know of no cases where someone was killed or died from OCD. People who are obsessed with someone and kill them are usually spouses/boyfriend/girlfriend and it is an impulse killing in the heat of a passionate argument. Research murders and serial killers as I have. You will find that an incredibly small amount of people are actually killed by people who are actually mentally ill.

Some suicides but not all could fall under mentally ill. But again, it's not a huge percentage of mentally ill people that go around offing themselves. A lot of suicides are committed by men who have lost their jobs or elderly people who are terminally ill.

Please be a bit more respectful of people who are mentally ill before you lump us all into categories that do not exist and do a bit more research before you do the categorizing. :tu:

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No. I'll still explore the topic as I stated. But thanks for your input.

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No. I'll still explore the topic as I stated. But thanks for your input.

No what? You're going to remain ignorant?

You're welcome for the education, proceed.

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I'm sure you'll have lots to teach me about mental illness.

Let's continue with the subject. On many of the ghost hunter shows you find situations where they get EVPs saying things that indicate high levels of angst or obsession. Mediums will also report great strife or megalomaniac personalities "controlling" other spirits and not allowing them to leave a location. We're getting bits and pieces of information from these new technologies that allow us to emperically verify and record the presence of disembodied awareness [aka "ghosts"]. We are in kindergarten in that respect of the body of knowledge that is out there left to be discovered.

This thread is about how I've noticed a trend that ghosts appear to be mentally ill in a very large percentage of the time. Mental illness is a wide spectrum. Obsession is a form of mental illness and many times we find a spirit haunting a place because they are obessed with still owning it, lording over it. Not letting-go is a sign of instability.

Now before coldethyl blows a gasket, bear in mind that pretty much all of us have traces of mental issues or full blown ones or anything in between. Myself included.

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Hi, Like many of you probably are, I'm a paranormal-show junkie. It's really all I watch on the tube except the news and comedy now and then for ballast. What I've noticed from watching most of the shows is that instead of being ghost-hunters, what these people actually seem to be doing is reaching out to the mentally ill in a form of afterlife-therapy.

I think a sign of sanity is to move on after you die; to ascend to that other plane to work on more stuff there. But for some reason, some people have stuffed back their spiritual selves and become monsters, or twisted or in such deep physical ruts that they cannot conceive of the fact that they've died. In other words, ghosts seem to be just a simple manifestation of a symptom of gross mental illness.

There are some that appear though to be here to help, as part of their work. They would not be classified as mentally ill; and they seem to stay in the background for the most part. But the vast majority of obvious hauntings are of beings who were so strapped down in life that they refuse to consider alternatives. My pet theory is that many of these people have so much repressed guilt and shame and secrets they did not air to the world, that they intuit [or have been shown a preview?] that if they move on, they will have to face the music of what they did. And the fear of doing that keeps them lodged on the peripheral of the physical world,

Discuss.

you want to discuss this in a serious manner?

you are a self confessed paranormal show junkie. this in itself leads me to suspect that you are also very suggestible and perhaps even a bit gullible.

to suggest that first of all these shows are in any way to be taken seriously is my first clue.

to suggest that a spirit could suffer from 'mental illness' is another

as for the portion of your post i highlighted;

these people are not there to provide afterlife therapy for gawd sake. they are there to make money, to have a hit tv show, to feed off the gullibility of the viewing public and to ride that gravy train until the interest veers to some other stupid nonsense.

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For instance, many hauntings seem to surround suicides or murders, deep regrets or obsessive atttachments. All four of those phenomenon are symptoms of mental illness.

the stories are about suicides murders deep regrets or obsessive attachments because that's more interesting than dying of old age naturally.

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I'm sure you'll have lots to teach me about mental illness

Now before coldethyl blows a gasket, bear in mind that pretty much all of us have traces of mental issues or full blown ones or anything in between. Myself included.

You better tread lightly. I have been civil and tried to explain the difference between mental illness and personality defects and things that are just plain not mental illnesses.

There are rules on this board for a reason, my friend.

There's not one ghost program anyone over 12 should take seriously. Except maybe Supernatural just because the Winchesters are hot.

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Well there are mentally ill people so I don't see why there couldn't be mentally ill ghosts. Maybe there were mentally ill spirits first then when they were born they were mentally ill people.

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