• Colin Browen

Why I Don't Like The Word "Ghost"

This is a bit shocking to hear, right?

Being a paranormal investigator, you'd think that I would LOVE the word "ghost". What are we "hunting" for on our channel if not for "ghosts"?!

In truth, I do love the word "ghost". It reminds me of all the spooky paranormal movies that I enjoy watching with Payton with the lights out when we're in the mood for a scare, or the Halloween traditions that I embraced every year as a child. It evokes a lot of emotion- fear, the unknown. However, in my opinion, the word "ghost" shouldn't be associated with paranormal investigating anymore, and here's why.

What do YOU think of when you hear the word "GHOST"? For me, I envision a woman in a white dress floating down a spooky hallway, or even a guy in a sheet. For most people, hearing the word "ghost" evokes thoughts of the more hokey side of the paranormal, the side that Hollywood likes to embrace and the side that fictional literature writers employ to scare their readers.

In reality, after conducting years of paranormal investigations, I still haven't seen a "ghost". I actually haven't seen anything close to one, in fact.

Yes, I have seen odd shadows out of the corner of my eye. Yes, I have seen lights and other things that I still cannot explain. However, I haven't ever encountered anything close to the traditional interpretation of a ghost, such as the classic woman in black or cowboy who takes one look at you and disappears into thin air.

I believe that Hollywood's overuse of the word "ghost" in all of its reality programming, for shows such as "Ghost Adventures" and "Ghost Hunters" has only hurt the reputation of paranormal investigators over the years. Yes, the researchers in these shows have captured some phenomenal evidence in their investigations, but at the same time, most of the population takes one look at the title of the show, sees the word "ghost" and instantly dismisses the findings as nothing but Hollywood bologna.

I'm sure that you've noticed that we use the word "ghost" on occasion on our YouTube show, "The Paranormal Files". But we use it in a different manner than most. When I include the word in our titles or descriptions, I am attempting to capture the attention of both those who believe in ghosts, and those who don't- for hopefully, once they view the content that we are producing, their minds will be opened and they will all realize that our investigations never capture the "Hollywood ghost" (i.e. violent phantoms or loud voices), but rather focus on the real, human side of paranormal investigating, the side that connects us to nature and the world around us and allows us to ask heavy questions like "Why are we here?" and "Where do we go when we die?".

I know, this is a pretty fiery opinion. However, as our show distances itself further and further away from the term "ghost", I find that the program breathes with more life and extends the realm of possibility outside of what people believe "ghosts" and "hauntings" to entail. It's time for us paranormal investigators to band together, stop using the word "ghost" and start using more scientific terminology in order to get more of our global population interested in the study of this bizarre phenomenon that we capture on camera, for only together can we one day uncover the truth.


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