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Do you have to believe in ghosts to encounter one?
From my experience: No.
Can a skeptic change their mind about ghosts?
Yes, but when that happens during a ghost hunting event, it can be a problem.
Not only can skeptics realize – to their horror – that they’ve seen, heard, or felt a ghost; they also have to deal with the fact that they’ve been wrong in the past.
The more belligerent and snarky they’ve been about ghosts, the harder it is for them to accept their mistakes.
That’s why I’m wary of skeptics, but – at public events – I also keep an eye on them. Without warning, they may need to be escorted to a quiet place to have an emotional meltdown, sometimes of epic proportions.
I do my best to be sympathetic.
Oh, by the end of the event – or perhaps the next day – hard core skeptics often go back to being obnoxious.
Usually, they’re convinced we pulled a prank to embarrass them, or something like that. (As if any of us would bother. Or risk our reputations like that.)
If telling themselves that false version of the story brings them comfort, I’m not sure that’s okay, but I don’t know what else to say.
Time and time again, I’ve seen that skeptics don’t have to believe in ghosts to experience something bone-chilling at a haunted location.
In fact, it can seem as if the ghosts take particular delight in tormenting them.
So, if you can tolerate the skeptic’s pre-encounter behaviors, it may be worth following them around, just to see what happens.
Or not. Seeing a skeptic react to a ghost can be interesting, but it’s not why you’re at that location. Investigations should never become a spectator sport at the expense of others.
In fact, the most valuable aspect of an investigation is your deeply personal experience, and what you learn about ghosts and paranormal research as a result.
Have you seen a skeptic become a believer… or were you a skeptic at one time? Leave a comment below. I’d love to hear your story.