Monday, April 25, 2011

Traits of a good Paranormal Investigator

Below is a list of things you should consider if you are trying to decide whether ghost hunting is for you. 

In previous posts, I have talked about the essential equipment every ghost hunter should have when they go out on an investigation. Equipment is necessary but even more important is what the investigator “expects” to get from a ghost hunt. 

I decided to write this post because ghost hunts are rarely like what is portrayed on television.

First and foremost ghost hunts demand each investigator have a lot of patience. 

In a realistic ghost hunt be prepared to wait, listen and observe everything. Some investigators even state to ghost hunt you should handle boredom well. 

I personally have never been bored during a hunt. I know from experience that things always happen when you least expect them to-- so this keeps me alert and interested.

A trait that is very necessary to have is the ability to stay calm even in a stressful situation. Having teammates that have your back and who are on the same page helps with this. 

Another essential trait is the ability to be open to new experiences. You can remain a logical skeptic, but at the same time, it is vital you not close yourself off to things just because they might challenge your beliefs.

A few more basics traits that you should take under consideration are: 

Can you handle close, dark spaces? Do you scare easily? Are you usually calm in stressful situations? Do you get frustrated quickly? How would you react if you encountered something that doesn’t fit within your typical schema? Do you panic easily?

Finally, are you willing to accept that most phenomena you encounter will have a rational explanation? 

Are you easily influenced by the reactions of others around you or can you make up your own mind? 

Can you stay focused even with other activity around you? 

Are you willing to follow the rules set by the team?

Happy Ghost Hunting!

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