posted on Sep, 4 2011 @ 02:43 AM
I have two different hypotheses as to why most reported intelligent hauntings are unpleasant creatures.
The first is pretty straightforward... people are less likely to freak out over an innocuous ghost. After the initial "oh crap, house is haunted"
shock has worn off, the ghost gets to be more like an unobtrusive roommate. Many people only talk about their ghost issues because they need help and
are afraid, and people are much less likely to be afraid of something that has never done anything foul to them or filled them with terror in the dead
of night. Benign or even positive, friendly hauntings generally go underreported for that reason, unless the people experiencing the haunting become
paranormal enthusiasts from the experience or have malevolent spirits haunting the same location.
Secondly, a benign ghost is less likely to do things to attract attention to itself. It isn't looking to scare anyone, or cause any kind of obvious
disturbance to the living. It is quite possible for a house to be very much haunted, and very much quiet. Often, the only tell that there is a ghost
at all is that they aren't entirely unnoticeable, even to the untrained "eye", and periodically the person unwittingly present in the haunted place
will see or feel something out of the ordinary... Whereas a malevolent spirit will often do everything in its power to scare the bejeezus out of
people, either to siphon off that abrupt release of negative energy or to convince them to get off of what the spirit sees as its turf, or worse, just
because it feels like it and that's the kind of person...er, spirit it is. Malevolence is always more in-your-face than goodness, and spirits are no
I don't think that there are more malevolent ghosts than there are benign ones. I've lived in a fair number of haunted houses, and the spirits by
number lean in favor of more benign or even pleasant ghosts than nasty ones as of this posting. However, even though the good ones I've known
outnumber the bad ones, I have far more experiences from the nasties and have talked a lot more about them over the years.
So to sum up, I think it's a combination of human nature and ghost nature that make it seem like there are lots more bad spirits than good ones.
People are more likely to report (and likewise hear about, due to the increased reporting) of something obviously bad than something quietly good. The
ratio of neutral or positive ghosts to negative ones most likely approximates the same values in the living population.
edit on 4-9-2011 by
nithaiah because: (no reason given)