“When you have eliminated all which is impossible, then whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.”
— Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
By Dr. Dorothy McCoy
Do you have a unique awareness that is completely unrelated to your five senses? Do you sometimes know things, yet you cannot explain how you know them? It is said that some individuals are so exceptionally sensitive to their environment that they can perceive what most cannot– disembodied spirits. Perhaps you are one of these “exceptional” people. All cultures have legends told in hushed voices as the tellers look fearfully around. They speak of spirits who cling tenaciously to this world. They are no longer on this earth, yet they remain among the living, sadly unaware they are dead. In the “Scare You to Death” movie, the Sixth Sense, this was the explanation given for ghostly visitations. According to the movie, a few “gifted” individuals are capable of perceiving these ostensibly unwelcome spirits. Unfortunately, since I missed the first few minutes of the movie, Bruce’s lack of respiration became a heart-stopping revelation to me, just as it did to poor, wretched, dead Bruce Willis. Oops, sorry, I forgot, his heart had already stopped. Are you a ghost magnet such as the mendacious, beleaguered semi-heroine of Ghost, Whoopi Goldberg?
Are spirits powerless to move on because of a thirst for revenge, a desire to protect the living, or perhaps because of a horribly brutal death? We have no definitive answers to these questions. Sane, responsible individuals have reported encountering these displaced spirits. Eleanor Mondale (daughter of the former vice-president) insists a ghost visited her one night at the vice-president’s house (Evans & Huyghe, 2000). It is said that Presidents Abraham Lincoln and James Garfield did not “leave the building” when their terms expired. They are still there, alarming unsuspecting guests. Why do some visitors see the illustrious former presidents and others do not? Are you one of the special people who could see Honest Abe or feel his ghostly presence? Let’s take the test and see. Hush. Wait. Did you hear that noise?
The “Can You See Ghosts” Test
- Have you ever known the phone was going to ring before it rang?
2. Have you ever felt a sudden chill in a room when there was no apparent reason?
3. Have you ever seen anything that could not be explained by science and logic?
5. Have you ever had a vision or a dream that came true?
6. Have you ever had a successful session with a Ouija Board?
7. Do you have an open mind about the supernatural?
8. Would you refuse to spend the night in a “haunted” house?
9. Do you meditate?
10. Have you retained the childlike ability, simply to “accept” new experiences without distorting preconceptions?
11. Are you more likely to make decisions using your “gut feeling” than your “thinking logic?”
12. Have you ever been told that psychic ability runs in your family?
13. Do you wear black 90% (or more) of the time?
Scoring your test:
Give yourself one point for each “yes” answer. As for question “13,” I was just kidding. I wear black much of the time…but then, now that I think about it, there was that time I was alone in my 100-year-old farmhouse, and I heard… Perhaps, I will share that in the next book.
Understanding your Score:
Scores 1 – 4
Your psychic ability has not been fully developed. Perhaps your personality is rational and pragmatic, and you prefer to see “phenomena” that can be explained by logic. However, if you are interested in improving your psychic ability, you can practice meditation and open yourself up to new experiences. There are online sites that offer information about and guidance in the fascinating world of the supernatural, which has a virtual Ouija Board. Werner Heisenberg (Physics and Philosophy: The Revolution in Modern Science) wrote, “… many new elementary particles may be created from the available energy and the old particles may have disappeared…” In other words, something dies and something new is created from its residual energy. Makes sense to me. Is this a possible explanation for the presence of ghosts…if, indeed, they exist? See, logic and reason…
Scores 5 – 8
You are coming along quite nicely. Your score indicates that you are open to unique experiences and that you esteem an open, inquisitive mind. You may have experienced the supernatural. Perhaps you would like to enhance this area of your personality by learning more about spirits. Here are several fascinating sites:
Scores 9 – 12
It is certainly possible that you have psychic ability. Your score is very encouraging. You, as well as the last group, may have experienced the supernatural. It would be a pity if you did not learn more about this enthralling subject and about your innate ability. Look at the sites listed and perhaps take a ghost tour, plan a vacation to spots that are rumored to be haunted, and read some scholarly books on the paranormal. Good ghost hunting!
Our Guest Experts
Dr. David Oester of the International Ghost Hunters Society was kind enough to provide this information (personal e-mail) on key character traits for a ghost hunter.
“It has been our experience over the last combined 28 years of ghost research that the people who have experiences with ghosts are those with an open mind and those with a closed mind, as in total skeptic, fail to have any experiences. It is okay to be skeptical, but a skeptic’s mind is closed to anything paranormal. An open mind is the only characteristic that we have discovered. We had over 4 million visitors to our site, and all of them with experiences if married and their spouse is closed-minded and will not have any experiences with the paranormal. This open-mindedness spans race, color, creed, or sexual orientation, and equally so, those that are closed-minded are closed to any kind of paranormal experiences.”
Wendy Haver, a Spiritual Counselor from Rocky Mountain Paranormal Research Society, was kind enough to provide more insight (personal e-mail) into the personality of ghost hunters.
“Many seem to be more open to having such experiences occur. Not that they believe in ghosts necessarily, but they will admit to it being a possibility.
Education level does not seem to be a factor, but intelligence might be. Those of an average or slightly less than average intelligence seem not to report as much activity as those of higher intelligence or those of a significantly altered intelligence such as mental retardation (higher functioning so as to be able to report events)
Age may not be a factor, but the environment in which they were raised does seem to be a factor. This has changed over time, so it will skew any age-related reports.
One must take into consideration those who have had experiences vs. those who are willing to report their experiences. There are many who will not openly admit to such things. Therefore, you could say that being willing to talk about this sets them apart.”
Copyright 2005 Dr. Dorothy McCoy
Article Source: Ezine Articles
I added January 2006 and updated January 2024.
About the Author: Dr. McCoy is a psychotherapist, writer, and police consultant. Her published books include From Shyness to Social Butterfly, The Ultimate Book of Personality Tests (the article is from this book), and The Manipulative Man. She resides in Boone, North Carolina, with her Great Dane, Sophie.