Why Do People Believe In Ghosts?

I know we’ve passed halloween, but there is too much horror-related stuff to talk about in just one day! The question I want to ask here, is:

Why Do People Believe In Ghosts?

The word “ghost” in English tends to refer to the soul or spirit of a deceased person that can appear to the living

Is this something people really believe in?

As it turns out, it actually is. Let’s start off today with some statistics:

According to a YouGov poll:

34% of British people believe in ghosts. That’s 1 in every 3 of us.

45% of Americans believe in ghosts.

That means that in Britain, 1 in 3 of us believes in ghosts and in America, that rises to almost 1 in every 2 people believes in ghosts.

If you need more evidence, the same poll finds that 9% of British people claim to have communicated with the dead and 13% of Americans believe in vampires.

So there has to be something to this ghost business, right?

According to the UK’s tourist board, there are over 10,000 haunted locations in the UK, from haunted castles to parks, even the Tower of London! There is no shortage of sites in the UK that feed into the growth of paranormal tourism – tours to sites that are supposedly haunted.

Unlike in the west where ghosts are seen as scary, in Asia, belief in ghosts and spirits is even more prevalent, where ghosts are more often seen as neutral – neither good nor bad – and they can be appeased by rituals or angered if provoked.

But what is it that is driving this belief in these non-corporeal entities, even now in the ‘enlightened’ 21st century that we live in, despite the rise in science, secularism and education?

A 2002 study found that people that believe in ghosts are more likely to claim they have had a paranormal experience than non-believers. At one supposedly haunted site in UK, visitors who were told of a recent increase in paranormal phenomena reported a higher number of unusual experiences on the tour.

Reading or hearing about paranormal phenomena from a credible source similarly increased people’s belief in the paranormal.

Another study found that the rise in TV shows dedicated to the paranormal has led to an increase in such beliefs within a population.

Is it that we just want to know there is something more? Something beyond our short lives? Something that makes us want to believe that after death, we will carry on, in some form or other? We want to believe we can come back and visit our loved ones, tell them that we’re okay, and that there is nothing to worry about.

So, what you’re telling me, is that it’s all in my head?

I’m not revealing my own personal feelings here (that’s next week), but true believers will site ‘evidence’ that proves that the spirit world is real. ‘Evidence’ like photographs:

Public Domain image

This photo was taken in 1919 and shows Sir Victor Goddard’s squadron from WWI. It appears to how the face of Freddy Jackson, a mechanic who died accidentally, days earlier


This photograph shows President Abraham Lincoln with his widow, Mary Lincoln, taken in 1870 approx.

What about the countless hours of video footage? Proof that we can see with our own eye, such as:

What about changes in the electromagnetic fields, or random drops in temperature? How do you explain that?

Is that enough poof to convince you that ghosts are real?

person thinking

My question to you:

Do you believe in the existence of ghosts? Have you ever seen one?

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