I get questions in emails all the time asking
me about classifications of ghost. some questions
ask if all ghost are alike and haunt in the
same fashion as others. I usually take the
time to explain that all ghost and haunting's
are not alike even though Television shows
and books often just say they are, o r just
cover the basics and types of haunting's.
Ghost just as people in life also in my opinion
suffer from the same mental illness, dementia
or delirium that they had in life, and carry
out their continued existence as before they
died. Well simply put if your crazy in life
your crazy still in death.
Mental disorder or mental illness are terms
used to refer to a psychological or physiological
pattern that occurs in an individual and is
usually associated with distress or disability
that is not expected as part of normal development
or culture. The recognition and understanding
of mental disorders has changed over time
it can happen in humans and animals and in
my belief to ghost also. I think just because
someone dies the mental illness does not go
away. And predominates the who what's and
where's why a ghost haunts a location.
Crazy, angry, delusional and psychotic and
criminally insane or lost spooks and specters...
Mentally tortured ghost ... yes! I as other
leading paranormal investigators and scholars
think or feel this is why they roam this earth...
And they do haunt the living for the same
reasons in death as in life.
"If Ghost are crazy
what does it make the people who haunt them?
I think ghost can be lonely, happy and sad,
I feel they are motivated by emotions and
that's what many feel keep them here haunting
us. A number of mental disturbances, such
as melancholy, hysteria and phobia, were described
long ago in Ancient Greece and Rome, while
others such as schizophrenia may not have
been recognized. Hippocrates considered the
idea that mental illness may be related to
Many mental health professionals, particularly
psychiatrists, seek to diagnose individuals
by ascertaining their particular mental disorder.
Some professionals, for example some clinical
psychologists, may avoid diagnosis in favor
of other assessment methods such as formulation
of a client's difficulties and circumstances.
And is this not what we do as ghost hunters
and Paranormal investigators.
Medieval Europe had focused on demonic possession
as the explanation of aberrant behavior. Paracelsus
used the word lunatic to describe behavior
thought to be caused by the lunar effect Many
other terms for mental disorder that found
their way into everyday use have been traced
to initial use in the 16th and 17th centuries.
Shakespeare and his contemporaries frequently
depicted mental disorders in their plays.
Conditions of "shell shock" came
to be recognized in war veterans and in my
thoughts. And could this be what motivated
a battlefield ghost? From the early study
of mental illness through individuals such
as Philippe Pinel, Sigmund Freud, and Alois
Alzheimer, much has changed in the development
and understanding of mental illness and continues
to change today. But I think this should be
applied to ghost haunting's.
Are we as
Ghost hunters and Paranormal Investigators
becoming the psycho analyst to the dead?
There are many
different categories of mental disorder, and
many different facets of human behavior and
personality that can become disordered. And
who to say we as humans do not carry this over
with us when we die.
The state of anxiety or fear can become disordered,
so that it is unusually intense or generalized
over a prolonged period of time. And even
more so at the end of a persons life in a
tragic way. Commonly recognized categories
of anxiety disorders include specific phobia,
Generalized anxiety disorder, Social Anxiety
Disorder, Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia, Obsessive-Compulsive
Disorder, Post-traumatic stress disorder.
I believe many real ghost and haunting's are
more associated with this then just ghost
haunting a place to keep it as their own or
in not having a place to go.
Relatively long lasting affective states
can also become disordered. Mood disorder
involving unusually intense and sustained
sadness, melancholia or despair is know as
Clinical depression (or Major depression),
and may more generally be described as Emotional
dysregulation. I believe these mental problmmatig
ghost are those that haunt battlefields and
and many homes across America and through
out the world.
Milder but prolonged depression can be diagnosed
as dysthymia. Bipolar disorder involves abnormally
"high" or pressured mood states,
known as mania or hypomania, alternating with
normal or depressed mood. Whether unipolar
and bipolar mood phenomena represent distinct
categories of disorder, or whether they usually
mix and merge together along a dimension or
spectrum of mood, is under debate in the scientific
literature. I think I can personally explain
away a few of the residual haunting's I have
come across as being connected to a bipolar
ghost or two.
Patterns of belief, language use and perception
can become disordered. Psychotic disorders
centrally involving this domain include Schizophrenia
and Delusional disorder. And who are we to
say that those who remain to haunt the living
are not suffering from such maladies Schizoaffective
disorder is a category used for individuals
showing aspects of both schizophrenia and
the Greek roots schizein "to
split" and phren, phren- ("mind"),
is a psychiatric diagnosis that describes
a mental illness characterized by
impairments in the perception or expression
of reality, most commonly manifesting
as auditory hallucinations, paranoid
or bizarre delusions or disorganized
speech and thinking in the context
of significant social or occupational
dysfunction. Onset of symptoms typically
occurs in young adulthood, with approximately
0.4–0.6% of the population affected.
Diagnosis is based on the patient's
self-reported experiences and observed
behavior. No laboratory test for schizophrenia
A person experiencing schizophrenia
may demonstrate symptoms such as disorganized
thinking, auditory hallucinations,
and delusions. In severe cases, the
person may be largely mute, remain
motionless in bizarre postures, or
exhibit purposeless agitation; these
are signs of catatonia. The current
classification of psychoses holds
that symptoms need to have been present
for at least one month in a period
of at least six months of disturbed
functioning. A schizophrenia-like
psychosis of shorter duration is termed
a schizophreniform disorder.
The fundamental characteristics of a person
that influence his or her cognition's, motivations,
and behaviors across situations and time -
can be seen as disordered due to being abnormally
rigid and maladaptive. Categorical schemes
list a number of different personality disorders,
such as those classed as eccentric (e.g. Paranoid
personality disorder, Schizoid personality
disorder, Schizotypal personality disorder),
those described as dramatic or emotional (Antisocial
personality disorder, Borderline personality
disorder, Histrionic personality disorder,
Narcissistic personality disorder) or those
seen as fear-related (Avoidant personality
disorder, Dependent personality disorder,
Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder).
In my years of hunting ghost usually these
attributes are associated with the actions
or motives of the ghost that is haunting a
house or hospital.
There may be an emerging consensus that personality
disorders, like personality traits in the
normal range, incorporate a mixture of more
acute dysfunctional behaviors that resolve
in relatively short periods, and maladaptive
temperamental traits that are relatively more
stable. Non-categorical schemes may rate individuals
via a profile across different dimensions
of personality that are not seen as cut off
from normal personality variation, commonly
through schemes based on the Big Five personality
Other disorders may involve other attributes
of human functioning. Eating practices can
be disordered, at least in relatively rich
industrialized areas, with either compulsive
over-eating or under-eating or binging. I
once investigated a haunting associated with
Categories of disorder in this area include
Anorexia nervosa and Bulimia nervosa or Binge
eating disorder. Sleep disorders such as Insomnia
also exist and can disrupt normal sleep patterns.
Could many of the ghost in bedrooms be that
of a deceased person who suffered insomnia
and wondering who is that sleeping in my bed?
Sexual and gender identity disorders, such
as Dyspareunia or Gender identity disorder
or ego-dystonic homosexuality. People who
are abnormally unable to resist urges, or
impulses, to perform acts that could be harmful
to themselves or others, may be classed as
having an impulse control disorder, including
various kinds of Tic disorders such as Tourette's
Syndrome, and disorders such as Kleptomania
(stealing) or Pyromania (fire-setting). Substance-use
disorders include Substance abuse disorder.
Addictive gambling may be classed as a disorder.
Inability to sufficiently adjust to life circumstances
may be classed as an Adjustment disorder.
The category of adjustment disorder is usually
reserved for problems beginning within three
months of the event or situation and ending
within six months after the stressor stops
or is eliminated. It seems to me that many
ghost and haunting's of residual types often
run in this pattern.
People who suffer severe disturbances of
their self-identity, memory and general awareness
of themselves and their surroundings may be
classed as having a Dissociative identity
disorder, such as Depersonalization disorder
or Dissociative Identify Disorder itself (which
has also been called multiple personality
disorder, or "split personality".).
Factitious disorders, such as Munchausen syndrome,
also exist where symptoms are experienced
and/or reported for personal gain.
Disorders appearing to originate in the body,
but thought to be mental, are known as somatoform
disorders, including Somatization disorder.
There are also disorders of the perception
of the body, including Body dysmorphic disorder.
Neurasthenia is a category involving somatic
complaints as well as fatigue and low spirits/depression,
which is officially recognized by the ICD-10
but not by the DSM-IV. Memory or cognitive
disorders, such as amnesia or Alzheimer's
Some disorders are thought to usually first
occur in the context of early childhood development,
although they may continue into adulthood.
The category of Specific developmental disorder
may be used to refer to circumscribed patterns
of disorder in particular learning skills,
motor skills, or communication skills. Disorder
which appears more generalized may be classed
as pervasive developmental disorders (PDD)
also known as autism spectrum disorders (ASD);
these include autism, Asperger's, Rett syndrome,
childhood disintegrative disorder and other
types of PDD whose exact diagnosis may not
be specified. Other disorders mainly or first
occurring in childhood include Reactive attachment
disorder; Separation Anxiety Disorder; Oppositional
Defiant Disorder; Attention Deficit Hyperactivity
Do ghost Fear us?
A phobia (from Greek: phobos, "fear"),
is an irrational, intense, persistent fear
of certain situations, objects, activities,
or persons. The main symptom of this disorder
is the excessive, unreasonable desire to avoid
the feared subject. When the fear is beyond
one's control, or if the fear is interfering
with daily life, then a diagnosis under one
of the anxiety disorders can be made.
I am not a psychic and am not in the habit
of making predictions. However, I do anticipate
much more interest in these areas of the paranormal,
the unexplained and Ghosts in general. I think
that with technological advances further proof
of the paranormal will be available to us
very soon. I use conventional and sometimes
just out of the ordinary equipment. I once
encountered a a real Ghost once at the Babylon
Mardi Gras Float Den that would unplug a radio
if he did not like the music that was playing.
I also have come across many ghost that seem
to be shy are do things in a home or business
location when no one is present. Their or
many tales of people coming home to find things
rearranged or broken. And many times the same
type of occurrences when the household is
I feel that Groups need to stress the &
steps of ghost hunting and understand that
many of the phantoms that cross our paths
may be mentally unstable or just down right
crazy and capeable of many strange acts and
These Seven Simple Steps
To Becoming A Ghost hunter/Paranormal Investigator
have helped many that I let tag along with
me, I hope it is a help to you and getting
your ghost hunting, chasing, or paranormal
Investigation under way:
The starting point of many great haunted
adventures has been these seven simple steps.
This is how many have begun. Remember most
in the field of ghost hunting It is a profession
that is mostly self taught.
1. Set a goal to capture a ghost on film,
or EVP's or witness a haunting.
Back it up with a burning desire to research
and get out and do it... Just sitting their
reading this is the start, but go seek out
a haunting. Investigate the known facts of
what others say is happening. Question it!
And of course do you believe it?
Did the ghost of Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau
of New Orleans just visit a downtown Hotel
in Florida? It is said she appeared to 300
people and her head flew off and then the
furniture shook then she disappeared not before
saying " I'll be back"?
Sounds really Crazy? Go find out for your
self. Investigate the haunting see if it's
the truth! No matter what you hear it is yours
to discern if it is true.
2. Begin accumulating friends and family's
Ghost stories, ghost photos, or talk about
a haunted location, other then already documented
This also a great thing to start for a novice.
Talk with friends family or people you work
with or meet. You might be surprised at what
people close to you know or what they have
had happened to them or their family, don't
be surprised at what they may tell you. With
a regular get together you might start your
own haunted group. Or you might go join one
with an established group.
Nothing else is possible without this. You
can't move forward until you start a learning
program. Either your personal learning or
as a group it will only spark you to go out
and seek a haunting.
3. Use your current Ideas as a springboard
to later ghost hunting success. Learn while
you earn valuable new insights.
Take the long view. Decide what you can
handle and what you won't. Many people will
not investigate the spot where a recent murder
has occurred. Others will not investigate
Suicides, or where the terminally ill have
been or mentally disturbed have died. Specialties
in haunting and type of ghost, or the choice
of what type of haunting you investigate is
yours. Historical or recent.
4. Experiment in ways to set up finding a
new or different really haunted location and
documenting what people have to say.
You might need a little courage to walk
up to a stranger and say ...
"Do you think this place is haunted?"
I have a friend who met his wife from that
statement. It's a great opening line. you
might be shocked at the answer you get. Or
ask do you believe in ghost.
5. Search for ghost hunting equipment that
you already might have.,
Camera's, video or digital recorders voice
recorders, flashlights, and etc. Look through
the newspapers and on the web for ghost hunting
products or equipment you can afford at a
good quality and at a reasonable prices.
6. Read everything you can find on your chosen
haunted ghost investigating field. Take a
haunted walk or city ghost tour. analyze the
haunted location and the story you hear. Remember
this is a form of research. Check out a haunted
cemetery, or haunted American battle Field
or haunted house or haunted hotel. Ghost may
be right in your back yard and you don't know
Remain flexible. Be willing to change your
mind if you get different information. It
is always good to remain skeptical of anyone's
claims as well as what you might uncover.
Just because this is one persons account of
a haunting it does not mean that yours will
be the same. and if it is then your investigation
gives validation to theirs. don't be afraid
to investigate a well known overly investigated
You'd be a fool not to, you will see how
much new information and details surface to
your investigation that will answer your questions
and give you more to ponder.
7. Implement your plans with courage and
Do you know how you will react if you see
a ghost? Will your heart race, will you run
away? Have complete faith in your ability
to succeed and never, ever give up. No two
experiences are the same. And here are two
steps you can take immediately to start moving
toward your personal ghost hunting success:
The most important thing is just to begin.
To move forward one step at a time, learning
and growing as you go. There's enough haunted
ghost stories and their information available
in virtually every location of the United
States of paranormal happenings for you to
become knowledgeable enough to achieve success.
But taking the haunted ghost filled first
step is a necessity.
Every novice haunted investigations requires
an act of faith and courage, a bold leap into
the real unknown. Only one in ten people who
want to start their own ghost hunts or haunted
investigations ever develop enough courage
to begin, and enough persistence to continue.
They really don't know their fear level until
they get out there and do it. And the only
thing to be afraid of is that first step.
Here follows my 7 steps to starting you on
the road to becoming a Ghost Hunter.
Ghost Hunting & Investigating Paranormal
Activity may be Adventurous and Fun but Permission
should ALWAYS be sought so that Private Residences
are Respected, Public buildings Not Trespassed!
Abandoned areas should STILL be respected
and permission sought to be on them, while
Condemned areas should not be trespassed,
period - This includes cemeteries also.
Stop by the local police station and ask
if it would be permitted for you to be on
any area or place, and to also let them know
you will be there if it's ok for you to do
so, (including permission of owners should
be sought). Vandalism is unacceptable, and
could land you in jail or any other amount
Having an experience with ghosts is usually
proof enough for most people. All Proof lies
with the person who experiences it. I get
so mad when someone claims something has happened
to them and no one believes them. Life and
happenings are subjective to your reality
and if you say it happened why should you
not be believed. But again people do make
The proof of ghosts by looking at ghost
pictures, stories and other proof of the existence
of ghosts is fine and dandy. But what makes
a believer out of me and not you is purely
subjective to what I feel and sense as truth
to me, and not necessarily truth to you.
We are all in this field searching and documenting
proof of what we believe are real ghosts and
the paranormal. I also personally think many
from all walks of life have their own ghost
stories to tell, but often fear telling what
really happened happened to them in any detail
because the fear ridicule or bring the terrifying
encounter they had back in to reality for
We know from Dan Rather's own testimony
that he has communed with the ghost of his
hero, Edward R. Murrow, who haunts the third
floor at CBS headquarters. Rather says he
chats with the ghost of the legendary CBS
newsman but neglected to report what the two
Also I just read on the internet that"
Scientist Claims Proof Of Afterlife Research
Finds Accuracy Of Mediums Channeling Dead
Scientists at The University of Arizona have
done extensive research, and say that they
have the proof that when we die we continue
to live beyond our physical bodies.
"Almost anyone who sees the data says
there's something real here," said one
of the researchers.
Allison Dubois is a spiritual medium, or
someone thought to be able to communicate
with the dead.
Christine Vettore was brought in for a reading
with Dubois, who attempted to contact Vettore's
"I'm hopeful that there's an afterlife
so I can see everybody I've lost already,"
It doesn't take long -- within seconds, Dubois
says Vettore's daughter is coming through.
It is a gift Dubois says she's had her whole
life, but it comes with a lot of criticism.
"I think there are some people that
are Charlatans, and with any profession there's
going to be some bad apples, so I mean that
just goes with the territory, so the ones
that are accurate and are legitimate just
have to prove themselves," said Dubois.
This reading is part of a science experiment
-- Dr. Gary Schwartz, of the University of
Arizona, is observing.
The Harvard-trained doctor looked for what
he calls hits and misses, or the accuracy
of the reading.
He's building on his hypothesis that there
is life after death, and that mediums can
talk to those who have died. After Vettore's
daughter is contacted, Dubois contacted Vettore's
brother and mother. She is able nail facts,
giving details about the relations that she
could not have known beforehand.
For instance, Dubois tells Vettore that her
mother knows there's a carrot cake and a bowl
of peanuts in her house.
"None of those things do I ever have
in my house. I have those things in my house
this month, carrot cake and peanuts, so that
was weird," said Vettore.
The accuracy is amazing to Vettore, because
she had never met or talked to Dubois before.
She said Dubois was accurate in 80 to 90 percent
of everything she said.
The Spirits that are all around us often
think they are trapped and some often guide
us to them because they realize they need
help to get on their way.
GINA LANIER is a New Orleans native who has
studied paranormal activities, the occult
and haunting's for nearly thirty years. She
has participated in and conducted large-scale
location haunting's and recently has shifted
her focus to include the investigation and
study of haunted toys such as dolls, toy furniture,
games and other hallmarks of childhood.
Gina’s paranormal studies stem from
several childhood experiences with the unknown
including witnessing full body apparitions
and clairaudient encounters with deceased
relatives. These experiences continued beyond
childhood and this is when Gina resolved to
learn as much as possible about psychic and
paranormal phenomenon to determine what, exactly,
was making contact with her and with others
who claimed to have been contacted from the
Gina owns and operates a construction and
refurbishment company in the Greater New Orleans
area and this has afforded her exposure to
many allegedly haunted locations and people
over the years; several of these clients welcomed
Gina’s expertise and insight when it
came to documenting and investigating their
haunted homes and businesses.
Gina Lanier has been selected
by Haunted America Tours as one of the lead
investigators for its soon-to-be-launched
Haunted Investigations Team (HIT). If you
would like to contact Gina, please submit
your request and as much information as possible
about your situation to her care of her web