|Posted by Danny Vinson on February 8, 2010 at 9:03 PM|
Me and Jennifer watched "Paranormal State" the other night. I was entertained, that was it, entertained. I know hollywood likes to overdramatize things for the "scare" factor, or the entertainment factor, but I wouldn't put this film in my top films on the subject. As most of you know, or maybe you don't, this was a MOVIE. Similar to the "Blair Witch Project", this movie was based on the actual events as described by the persons involved. No real video was ever recovered, and nobody really knows what happened to the couple, if they even existed. I am to believe it was exactly that, a made up encounter that was based on maybe folklore or rumors.
So here lies the problem.....
Most people are easily influenced by what is going on in the moment. As in, if we have a major disaster, we all chip in to help, we become americans. But then it settles down, and nobody cares anymore. Just try to get out into traffic right now, they will run you over. Yet after 9-11, people had flags flying on their cars, and everybody was nice to everybody. Human biomechanics dictates that a person responds and reacts to their environment. This is called the "Fight or Flight" reaction. When a person is scared, this releases chemicals in the brain that the body then reverses back to homeostasis, a natural state the brain brings us back to with additional chemicals, giving us the calming feeling. People like to be scared, they actually make movies to do so!
So as investigators, it is our job to find what is scaring the client. Our job is not only to find the proof of paranormal activity, but also find proof of other explanations of what is happening. Sometimes if a person watches a movie, it opens the brain to be influenced in a direction that makes them believe something is "going on", when in reality, the noises they hear, the things they see, are just in their minds. But it's the mind that craves that scare, that chemical reaction, and the calming chemicals that we get after the scare.
As professionals, we are not here to judge. We are asked by a client to investigate their concerns, and that is what we will do. Our opinions, judgements, or beliefs should have no outcome on the investigation. Each of us have had our share of scares, and we know it doesn't matter if it's not real, it's real in our minds.
"Just because it's not there, doesn't mean it wasn't there"
Danny : )