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I am a college student, majoring in psychology. I will use my knowledge to help explain some phonomena described by users of this site if I suspect that the cause of said phenomena is psychological in nature, rather than supernatural. In regards to my beliefs in the supernatural... I consider myself a mindful skeptic. I have had supernatural experiences in the past, and to this day I cannot determine if these experiences were in fact supernatural, or if they were merely a product of my own robust imagination. I acknowledge the existence of realms unknown to the human psyche, and will continue to investigate the mysteries of these realms until I have a clear understanding of them... If it should ever happen.
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Just Passing Through... I Hope on 2011-11-15

A series of thunderstorms blew through my part of Texas several weeks ago. Since South Texas was in the midst of a devastating drought and an outbreak of wildfires when this happened, the storms were a welcomed relief. That night, as the storms raged, I sat down on my couch in my living room and set...

The Nun Of Gothic Drive on 2009-11-23

When I was two years old, my family and I moved into a quaint little neighborhood in a small city outside of San Antonio, Texas, where I still reside today. It is a quiet place, with virtually no crime (most of the people who live here are retired Air Force families from nearby Randolph AFB). The st...

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Thank you Argette!:] And yes, it sure does hurt. I was sore for days after that. Haha. Nothing weird has happened since, and I hope it stays that way!

Jammydodgerman, good theory... Except I don't think it could've been my reflection in the window, considering the blinds were closed. I guess I should've mentioned this in the story, but we have yellow Venetian blinds on all our windows that we keep closed at night. They're not exactly translucent but they're thin enough so that lights from intense light sources (such as floodlights or lightning) can get through. Also, I'm pretty sure the figure was standing in front of the window; I remember seeing its "body" extending below the window sill. I have half a mind to believe your theory on my, um... Altered state of mind though. It could be that instead of seeing stars when I'm in pain, I see ghosts. Haha. Thanks for your input:]
Date: 2011-06-11
First, let me offer my condolences. Losing a child is a nightmare for a parent, and it's difficult for me to fathom losing something that is physically and spiritually a part of you. I'm terribly sorry for your loss.

If you haven't heard from her, it probably means she's moved on into her next life, wherever that may be. I know you don't want to lose her again, but I'm afraid her departure is inevitable, and it is indeed the best thing for her. Her spirit doesn't belong in this realm, and holding her back from the other side is not doing any good for you, and especially not for her. It seems that you have a lot of guilt concerning your little girl's death. Please rest assured that her passing was no fault of yours. It was simply meant to be. I'm assuming her death was related to her allergy? This was not something that could be helped. Please don't put yourself at fault. Your love for your little girl shows that you're a wonderful mother, and I'm sure that your daughter can still feel your love, even if she isn't in this world anymore.

I have two more pieces of advice to give: first, I think it would be to your benefit if you sought the help of a grief counselor. It seems that you haven't dealt with her loss in a way that's conducive to healing - again, not your fault, but I think you would fare better with the guidance of a counselor. Second - and this is the most important thing I will say - please find it in your heart to let your daughter go. She's moved on, and keeping your attachment to her isn't going to bring her back. As I said before, she doesn't belong on this earth anymore, and the longer you hold on to her, the harder it will be to say goodbye forever (or at least until you meet again). Stop buying toys for her, and try not to think of her as "being there" - if she's gone, she's gone. Cherish your memories of her, and take comfort in the fact that she's reached the place where she was meant to be all along. I know it's hard, and what I've said are things that you probably don't want to hear, but when all is said and done, you'll come out of this valley a stronger person whilst keeping the memories of your little girl locked deep inside your heart.

Shalom, and God bless.
I know I say this way too much on this site, but I'm pretty sure it's just hypnopompic sleep paralysis. When you sleep, your body slows down production of a chemical called acetylcholine, which is heavily involved in muscle movement; this is done to prevent you from moving around in your sleep and accidentally waking yourself up or hurting yourself. In a sleep paralysis episode, you become partially aroused (half-awake) for whatever reason during REM sleep (the "dream" phase of sleep) and you have dreamlike hallucinations, even though you're aware of your environment and you think you're fully awake. Your body hasn't started speeding up acetylcholine production, so you often find yourself paralyzed. Once you fully recover from REM sleep you snap out of it and regain the ability to move.

I don't think it's paranormal; it's probably just your body acting weird, like mine. Haha:P If it gets to be too bothersome, try changing up your sleep patterns. Get plenty of sleep, don't eat before bedtime, avoid laying flat on your back if you can, and stay away from alcohol or sleeping pills/pain meds before bed if at all possible. If you try these and you still have problems, talk to a doctor.
Date: 2011-05-07
Given your history of insomnia and the fact that you take meds, I'd say this is nothing more than hypnopompic sleep paralysis. You may not have had problems before, but being an insomniac who's had several SP episodes before, I can tell you that it happens when you least expect it, even if you haven't had problems with it in the past. You said this happened while you were sleeping on the couch? Assuming that you normally sleep in a bed, sleeping in a different position from what you're used to tends to contribute to SP occurrences. Were you stressed at the time it happened? Did you eat anything before you went to sleep? Have you been having problems related to your insomnia lately (e.g. Can't sleep, can't dream, have nightmares)? Those are factors that affect the frequency/onset of SP.

If this becomes a problem, see your doctor.
Ockham's razor applied, she's probably just going through the same "monster" phase that I, along with every other person I know, went through when I was a kid. Kids are very attentive little people - they pick up things very quickly (it's how they're designed). I'm not sure where she picked up the "monster" idea, but like I said, kids pick up ideas quickly so it could've came from anywhere. When kids see things they can't explain - and I mean ANYTHING they can't explain - they often classify it as a monster, especially when they see something unexplainable at night or in the dark. Remember that kids frighten easily, and being alone in the dark away from a parent (even if only in a separate room) can be hard on a child. If the child isn't being physically harmed, then it's best to leave this situation alone and let it resolve itself. In all likelihood, it's just her imagination and she'll calm down after a while. Keep an eye on things, though. If anything changes dramatically, or if your daughter starts being physically harmed, consult an expert.
Date: 2010-12-06
Sounds like a typical case of hypnagogic/hypnapompic sleep paralysis - nothing to worry about, it's an anomaly of the sleep cycle. Nothing paranormal here, but I'd recommend seeing a doctor if this becomes bothersome.
Wow. I'm also a UTSA student and I haven't really noticed anything unusual there... Except for a weird moving shadow I saw in the Sombrilla near the JPL early one morning. I think you might have had a sleep paralysis episode, but I can't be too sure since you did have that eerie feeling prior to going to bed. In any case, I hope UTSA isn't haunted. That would be very, um...unsettling. I don't live on-campus but I sure wouldn't want a spirit looking over my shoulder while I'm studying. O_O
Based on your description and given the child's age and the time of the incident, it sounds like it might be some sort of parasomnia disorder, probably night terrors. This phenomenon is caused by partial arousal during stage 4 of the sleep cycle. Children who experience night terrors appear to wake up screaming and crying and may even move around a bit (like the pointing your son did), but they are actually asleep. I did a case study at my university on a child who experiences frequent night terrors, and from what I learned in the study, I know it is indeed a disturbing event... But it is actually quite harmless. A word of advice: make sure your child gets enough sleep and does not eat a heavy meal before bed, and do NOT wake the child up during an event (it will not affect them; they won't remember it in the morning).
Date: 2009-11-12
Hmm...interesting story. These are my suggestions to you, Ockham's razor and openmindedness appled:

1. Before you try anything else, see a doctor. The fact that you just started experiencing these phenomena suggests you may be suffering from chronic sleep paralysis. Have you had a lot of stress in your life lately? Have your sleep patterns been messed up? Things like these (along with the excessive use of psychoactive chemicals such as caffeine, alcohol, antidepressants, and illicit drugs) can mess up your sleep cycle, which can in turn cause chronic sleep paralysis. Sleep paralysis can be serious if it's threatening your physical and mental well-being. Look into it before you label your experience paranormal.

2. If a doctor doesn't find evidence of chronic sleep paralysis, the next step is to seek spiritual help. Do NOT try to combat this yourself. If there are evil invisible forces at work here, it would be very unwise of you to go after it alone; like trying to fight a Marine with no combat experience. It won't work. Find a priest/shaman/etc who would be willing to help you. If one doesn't work, go to the other, and keep going until something works.

3. STAY POSITIVE! Negative energy attracts negative energy. Exerting positive vibes produces the opposite effect.

I hope everything works out for ya. Don't worry about this too much... It will go away if you fight it off with a strong will.
Date: 2009-11-02
Interesting story. Before you label this "paranormal", you might want to take your son to a doctor to make sure he doesn't have a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia. A 3-year-old having childhood schizophrenia is rare but not unheard of. I'm not saying he's crazy or anything or that he has schizo, but your description makes it sound like he might have it. If he doesn't, assure him that he is special and that he need not be afraid; he has a gift and it isn't a bad thing.
Date: 2009-10-10
Wow! This is an incredible story. Absolutely my favorite so far. Do you have kids/grandkids? If so, you should definitely tell them this story.
Heya! First off, allow me to offer my condolences for your loss. Losing someone as close to your heart as your mother can be almost unbearable. I should know.

Call me a skeptic, but somehow I'm not so willing to believe that your house is actually inhabited by an evil entity. It sounds more like you have a moderate to severe form of depression. Sometimes an event such as the death of a close family member or even moving into a new home can trigger things such as depression.

My advice to you is to get checked out by a psychiatrist and make sure you don't have depression. Problems like depression are very serious and can lead to very bad things. Go get checked out, even if you don't think your problems are psychological in nature. I'm not saying you're crazy or anything. I'm just a little concerned, especially after I read your little tidbit about how it sometimes feels like you're in hell.

If this problem is NOT psychological, then seek spiritual help IMMEDIATELY. Do whatever you can to make this go away.
Date: 2009-05-21
I have to examine this story logically, being the practical person that I am. Were you fully aware of your surroundings when this incident happen? If you had a fever that night, you may have been hallucinating. A fever can do that to ya. Have you seen this apparition since?
Date: 2008-10-16
This is a classic example of sleep paralysis. Not to worry, it's only psychological. When you wake up during REM (dream) sleep, sometimes your brain is still dreaming, even though you can see your environment. Your motor functions are disabled, so you can't move. Most people also feel immense fear.

If this becomes a problem, see a psychiatrist.
Date: 2008-10-14
You say you feel a tugging and cold sensation on your legs. Does this happen with just your legs? If so, the phenomenon can possibly be a condition similar to restless legs syndrome. Also, I, too experience masses of cold air in the shower. Do you have a/c in your bathroom? Sometimes cold air can "sneak" in the shower from a/c vent.
Date: 2008-09-15
Let me also add that pendulum dowsing is a sham. It may seem that something supernatural is moving the pendulum, while it is really you that's moving it. Your arm is making microscopic movements, causing the weight to swing. Its a psychological illusion.
Date: 2008-09-15
I highly doubt the possession theory. My hypothesis is that 1 of 2 things happened:

1. Your friends lied

2. You experienced a phenomena similar to sleepwalking, when you grinned and threw the watch
Hmm...there could possibly be a psychological explanation for this. Does your family have a history of schizophrenia or strokes? These tend to cause symptoms like the ones you described. Don't take this the wrong way, but have you ever considered seeing a psychiatrist? I'm not saying you're crazy, I just think that your problem is psychological, rather than supernatural.
Date: 2008-09-02
Check the electrical wiring in your home. Faulty wiring creates EM fields which can cause hallucinations, like the feeling of being watched. Also, the dancing orb you saw in the vent may be a dust particle that your cam picked up and your eyes didn't. Dust can seem like orbs in camera shots, and the rainbow coloration you described supports my theory.
Date: 2008-09-02
Check for faulty wiring in your house. The shadows you're seeing may be the result of hallucinations caused by EM fluxes, triggered by faulty electrical wiring.