The difference between a ghost hunter and a paranormal investigator

Mark Joyner Contributing columnist

August 29, 2013

How many times have you heard the terms, “Ghost Hunter”, “Paranormal Investigator”, and think they were all the same? Most people would assume they are, but is there really a difference between them? The answer is, “ABSOLUTELY”!! There are several aspects of each of these titles that express what these people do and how they look at the field. Let’s take a look at each of them. The following is a simple breakdown of the elements which make up each one.

GHOST HUNTER: This title pretty much says it all. These individuals are usually hobbyist and their investigations generally consist of walking around a cemetery late at night with a flashlight, a camera and possibly voice recorder an Electromagnetic Field Meter (EMF) and hoping to see something that will scare the mess out of them. Few actually understand what they are measuring with those tools or how their results really relate to what causes ghosts to manifest in our three dimensional world. Even fewer use any real scientific methodology for tracking and analyzing their data. A practical Ghost Hunter makes a great Paranormal Investigator.

PARANORMAL INVESTIGATOR: The term “Paranormal Investigator” can include anyone interested in many areas of the paranormal such as, ghosts to psychic phenomena; from out of body experiences to near death experiences; from big foot to little green men and everything in-between. The key word in this title, however is “Investigator”. Webster’s Dictionary describes an “Investigator” as someone who will observe or study by close examination and systematic inquiry: to make a systematic examination: to conduct an official inquiry. The Paranormal Investigator attempts to rule out all possible natural explanations, are open minded and inquisitive, do not make assumptions and do not just assume ghosts exist, they take a scientific approach to their research and many are versed in a variety of other areas of related fields such as Parapsychology, Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Environmental, geological, and others. The Paranormal Investigator, not only uses good quality equipment when conducting an investigation, but they also know what the equipment is used for, how to use it properly and how to analyze the data they collect and correlate it with other types of evidence to have a greater view of a situation. If no evidence is apparent, they take it for what it is. Good or Bad. They do not attempt to make it fit their hypotheses. The Investigator conducts research on the area they are investigating in hopes of getting clarification on some of the evidence they may have collected. I believe also that most if not all of the Paranormal Investigation teams also go as far as offering some type of cleansing protocol or spiritual help if needed.

In closing my beliefs on the Paranormal are as follows; I believe in ghost and the supernatural, no one has to prove this phenomena to me. I believe that we as human beings develop such a bond with our families and loved ones that it makes it hard sometimes to move on after we pass. I believe that someone in life can get so comfortable with their surroundings they are unable to pass because this is where they feel most alive. I also believe that our emotions are so strong that the emotion itself can create a spirit of a passed loved one. When it comes to being a Paranormal Investigator my goal along with my paranormal team is to investigate these phenomena, which includes collecting data and evidence through various equipment. We review the data and evidence collected with hopes of not only gathering further proof of the Paranormal but to also rule out the possibility of it actually being a natural occurrence. Using the evidence and data, our team tries to find the answers to why certain things happen at certain times. We try and find out why a spirit shows itself to someone or at some place but not to everyone and every place. We try to find out through our questioning if the spirit is a relation to a home owner or something else. These are just some of the things we try to get answers for. We record and file all of our investigation.