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The Paranormal Beliefs Survey

What Do You Believe?

The paranormal, or supernatural, world around us is full of mystery. "Things" that many of us consider or believe to fall within the realm of the paranormal include not only ghosts but also such things as poltergeists, demons, Angels, psychic abilities, telekinesis, dreams, out of body experiences, near death experiences and even strange creatures like vampires and werewolves.

I think it a very interesting thing to see what others believe about the paranormal. Over time a lot of people have participated in this survey about paranormal beliefs. Read on and discover what people believe and feel free to share your own beliefs. The polls are anonymous, but you are also welcome to write a comment at the bottom of the page.


Beliefs in just what constitutes “paranormal” may vary widely from one person to another – even among those who believe without doubt that the paranormal world is real we find a wide range of differing beliefs and opinions. This is not an “all or none” situation and many people may believe some aspects but not others.

The purpose of this survey is to allow people to share their own viewpoints and opinions on what they think and believe about the paranormal.


Paranormal Beliefs

I have always been fascinated by anything considered paranormal, supernatural or mysterious. I grew up reading books about ghosts, UFOs and ancient mysteries.

We have all had different experiences in this life that brought us to where we are today.

Myself, I have encountered strange 'things' and phenomenon which have led me to say, "I have no choice in the matter of believing in ghosts for I have encountered them." I cannot tell you what a ghost is or for sure where they come from but I do know that they are real. But that is me and that is what I know.

I also know there will be a lot of differences in opinion and what each of us may "know" from out own encounters - or lack thereof.

Here we will begin to discover what people think and believe about the paranormal world.

All voting is anonymous so feel free to add your own beliefs and opinions to this page.

The After Life

Do we live on after our physical body has died? That is probably the biggest question that human beings have ever looked up and asked.

I do believe that we continue to exist after this "lifetime". I believe the idea of reincarnation makes a lot of sense and it is a definite possibility.

Some believe that we just go to "sleep" to await some future day when will be judged.

Others believe that we just cease to exist and that this physical form and realm is all that there is for us.


Those who subscribe to the idea of reincarnation believe that we are reborn again as another person in a different time and place. Some also believe that we may "come back" as a lower animal or even an insect.

The main idea is that we go through numerous lifetimes in order to work on our karma and to grow and learn.

Reincarnation is a very widely held belief around the world. There are even what many people consider to be references to the idea of reincarnation in the Bible.

Reincarnation - The Cycle

Reincarnation - The Cycle

Sleep Paralysis

Sleep Paralysis and what causes it is a fairly big issue of debate in the paranormal vs science dialogue. But while there can't be agreement on the mechanism or cause of sleep paralysis there can be no denying that it occurs.

Many people report experiencing sleep paralysis and the phenomenon has been studied by believers, skeptics and scientists alike.

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You can find literally hundreds and hundreds of different stories where people from all over the world describe their bouts with sleep paralysis.

Some insist that sleep paralysis is a normal function of the human body during sleeping and especially in dreaming. Others say that some mysterious entity such as the "Old Hag" is actually attacking the victim.

So, what is your take on sleep paralysis? What causes it? Have you ever experienced it personally?

Many of us see those fleeting shadows just out of the corner of our eye, only to focus and find them gone. We continue to go about our day chalking it up to what it usually is, a trick of the light. However, some shadows can't be explained away so easily.

Some Shadow Creatures take on a full form and are quite visible for a length of time.

Still, it might be easy to write it off as imagination or the light catching something in just the right way if it were not for the similarities in the shadows that are seen.



Ghost Cats - Do our pets come back as ghosts?

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Personal Encounters

Before most people will truly believe that the paranormal is real they need a personal experience. Once you have encountered a haunting or similar event it is difficult not to believe!

"During my lifetime I have had several different experiences with the supernatural world. I have heard ghosts (along with a witness who heard the same exact things!). I have lived in a house that I know was haunted at least two different times.

When I relate one of my experiences to others they cannot believe it as much as I do because they did not personally experience it themselves. I am not concerned with proving my stories to others however, I know what happened and that is enough for me." ~ David S.



Imaginary Friends and Ghosts

Dreams and theFuture

Imaginary Friends

Christopher Lee as Dracula

Christopher Lee as Dracula


Vampires and vampire legend play significant roles in the cultures of many areas around the world.

These blood-sucking beings are most common in the cultures of Eastern Europe, although similar manifestations are reported in some Asian cultures as well as some ancient cultures.

Vampire legends have a distinct background bridging several cultures and eras, making them some of the most compelling stories ever told.

The most well-known versions of vampire myth are those of the Slavic and Romanian cultures, which, due to their proximity, are surprisingly similar.......


Loch Ness Monster?

Big Foot



Fairies and Nymphs


Dress Up for Halloween?

Halloween is a time for dressing up in masks and costumes, decorating the yard and porch, and stocking up on the candy and treats for the kids.

I believe Halloween costumes are cool and I love all the toys and decorations (which seem to be get better and better every year!). But I think there might be a problem with the treats. Next Halloween, if you are handing out treats to the trick-or-treaters consider healthier options. Those kids will be getting plenty of chocolate and other junk so give them something healthy!

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Feel free to add any additional comments about your beliefs in the paranormal and this survey.

You are not required to create an account or login and you may post your comments anonymously if you like.

© 2011 kentuckyslone


Sheila Barrett on November 19, 2019:

I saw a ghost up close, last year. I was 72 at the time. She was colorful and more solid looking than I would have expected. I’ll never forget. She made everything possible for me, because if she was real what else is real. God obviously, but many other things also.

Justin on March 01, 2018:

Spirit world exists. Vampires exist,but not bloodsuckers, rather energy vampires.

patricia hawyes on March 01, 2018:

You might have included unexplained happenings

Sharon LaVoy on October 10, 2017:

I believe in a lot of these things and have seen and interacted on many.I also Love Halloween.It's my favorite time of year!! And i dress up every yrs and I'm 62 yrs young!!

Daisy on May 08, 2015:

I also seen things and matter of fact i seen them over 40yrs and still see them and there not loving shadow creatures , And not creatures there just shadow people . I can't do that but i can feel people's emotions and dream of things of what's going to happen

Augusta Wind on July 01, 2014:

I have seen many things in my short forty years. I have made lights in entire car washes go ballistic. Have pics of unimaginable amounts of entities. Ghosts and one seamingly loving shadow creature. Would love to compare with someone of similar background. My husband and I together seem to have found a gateway...and by folly it is all so real.

kentuckyslone (author) on April 03, 2013:

"Anybody who prays to any God believes in the Occult!" Yep! You are correct!

Ian on April 03, 2013:

Anybody who prays to any God believes in the Occult!

pandoraevercuriou on February 07, 2013:

Shadow beings are demons...or imps. Something, something not good at all. If people think they aren't evil, it's only because they are tricking you. I've had too many experiences in my live with these things to know they aren't good and never were.

Kitty 19 Female on December 09, 2012:

I was in the kitchen of my house and a merry go round was playing,it was a toy merry go round as well and so I went to my bedroom and I turned on the lights and it stopped but when I turned the lights in I saw a little shadow move a little and then I went back into the kitchen,after that nothing happen.

Justachristian on December 02, 2012:

Hi Yue:

I am Christian also, and would like to welcome you here. Some people insist that Christians should not believe in ghosts or any paranormal activity, but hey -- we can only speak as we find!!

I grew up in a haunted house, and have also photogged a few.


(Yue)Yuaye on December 02, 2012:

I'm christian/17/Female

I believe in spirits, psychics/spiritual abilities, after life -heaven/hell-

I know psychic abilities are real, not telekinesis and blah blah blah...but the real abilities to see Auras/spirits, and feel emotions of others...maybe even telepathy.


I've had sleep paralysis since i was 8 years old, i think sleep paralysis is both spiritual and scientific.

GlamDoll on August 22, 2012:

It appears that I, like most others, believe most strongly in the existence of ghosts/wandering spirits. Given all the technical equipment used today in investigating "haunts", it's getting harder and harder for the general public to deny its existence.

There's simply too much evidence for even the most obtuse person to doubt. All one need do now is watch SyFy or the Travel channel for recorded proof!

Vampyrism is real as well, but not the way we may think. It's a *practice* in which living beings participate, typically out of strong impulse or a lust. It's not an undead, shape-shifting Dracula who needs to feed on blood in order to thrive. That's the movies, kids.

Same goes for the werewolves. It's a state of mind-soul where a person is truly connected to the wolf (or any other animal for that matter). At times, these individuals have a strong shift and begin behaving and even thinking like that animal.

Many old legends and the imagination of Hollywood have turned some things that in actuality, do exist, into nothing more than exaggerated fantasies.

Steven on July 29, 2012:

You must believe in the paranormal or supranormal to be a christian. I firmly know, not believe, in the existence of the paranormal.

Bec on June 10, 2012:

There is a hint of truth in a lot of what were told. Things just get mixed up in translations and we might not always hear the full story. I definitely have an open mind to all paranormal anomalies.

Brian on May 28, 2012:

I find it odd that a large amount of people believe in ghosts,angels,and demons, but not faeries. If one believes in all of those entities, why not one more? If anything I would believe in them more, faeries are connected to nature and the earth, and that has been around much, much longer than humans and their monotheistic religions.

Edward P. on May 17, 2012:

One time, I was laying on my bed, just thinking. I was looking up at the ceiling when I thought I saw something. I instantly thought it was a man in a white suit that walked by. I don't know what it was, but I felt like something was there. I wasn't scared of it, but it freaked me out. I don't know what to believe when it comes to the paranormal, but I know I saw something.

Cora on February 24, 2012:

I do not have any type of story to tell but believe in many things not all of us can see. Others are qifted and in being so are misunderstood, I feel for those because others may not believe and ostrosize them because the do not know or see what they see. I say keep on, it is and can be a good thing. I advise you seek out others with the same gift and work together to save others from sorrow. Good Luck to those that really SEE.

melanie kae shirkey on February 02, 2012:

I beleive that there is more that "mankind" does not want to see as opposed to what is not really there ; one also has to remember that there are somethings that do not wish to be seen by the average mortal.

Kat on December 17, 2011:

I enjoyed the survey. Need more e-mail from your group to hold my intereest. I am a practicing Wiccan and have had many experinces.

TheFurbyprotecter on December 12, 2011:

Nice survey I liked it. And that's all I have to say really.

Jodi Sykes on November 20, 2011:

Great hub! As a Clairvoyant Medium since I was a child, I know first hand that the Spirit World exists. I grew up in a haunted house and dealth with the "other-side" on a daily basis.

jorge on November 05, 2011:

I am a complete believer in the paranormal. I don't know if I have experienced anything with ghost, demons, spirits but I have experienced sleep paralysis. Thankz for this hub kentucyslone

Devon , email on November 04, 2011:

My name is Devon and I'm 11 years old and I'm also a traveller , I'm able to travel out off my astro body but I never go to the beyond , it's full of demons , satans minions and death . if you are a traveler , I'd advise not to go there an

D if you are get the hell out !!!!!!

Robert on November 03, 2011:

I did not used to believe in it but on 2/11/2011, my grandpa died, im sick at the same time but i believe in it now, i think he is haunting me. 4/11/2011, im posting it at 3:50 in the morning but at 11:30-11:35 i was just about to goto bed, i went into the kitchen to get a glass of milk because my throat i had gone back into my room, just about finished the milk and went into the kitchen to put the empty glass on the bench and as i put it down i saw black mist out of the corner of my eye, i looked quickly towards it but it went behind the door as i was turning my head. this is how i can describe it, thing of a core, just something black with black mist circling around it, like a wisp from World of warcraft but just a black non-glowing core and black mist circling around it. im posting it on the same day-night. now im thinking that ghosts are real. i used to think that they were stories or rumors created to scare people but now i know they exist.

Chef Elaine on November 01, 2011:

To the poster signing in as 'Me':

While you are certainly entitled to your opinion, there is no reason to label others as gullible and ridiculous simply because they have had paranormal experiences.

And no, not EVERYTHING can be scientifically explained.

At work one night, I saw a ghost walk up the hallway and disappear into the wall.

At another workplace, there were TWO of us heard noises downstairs of a party going on... when there was none.

Can science 'explain' that? I doubt it.

Ghosts DO exist. I know because I've witnessed them.

Chef Elaine on November 01, 2011:

Hi Kentuckystone:

I certainly DO believe in paranormal activity, having grown up in a haunted house. I have also witnessed ghosts at several work sites.

The ones who claim a person is 'gullible' if they believe in ghosts are only telling the world that they have had no paranormal experiences themselves.

I would love to participate in a group ghost hunt!

Chelsi-Anna on October 23, 2011:

I believe that demons transform into anything they want to be to make someone believe in false witness. I dont believe in ghosts. But I believe everything the bible tells me so.

kentuckyslone (author) on October 22, 2011:

Hello "me" wow I certainly must be ridiculous and gullible myself because I have experienced these things. I could be wrong but I am guessing that you are about 12? Really? Everything can be explained by science? Thanks for taking out time from your day to ridicule and insult people for something you don't understand or to point out spelling and writing mistakes of others. What is btw? I didnt see that in the dictionary. Also your sentence structure is terrible. Didnt you ever learn to use capitalization or punctuation?

You know what really irks me? When someone doesnt have anything else to say besides insults and put downs.

me on October 19, 2011:

wow.. there certainly are a lot of gullible and ridiculous people out there... everything can be explained scientifically if you would just study the brain and how it works.. try learning something useful and using those neurons instead of hiding behind your ignorance..pick up a book for goodness sake and btw learn how to spell and write.

ms on September 16, 2011:

As far as god and demons go, you can't believe in one without the other. Something to consider if you plan on going ghost hunting or using a ouija board. Be careful there are things out there no one can explain.

Dave on August 26, 2011:

I have investigated the Paranormal for over 25 years, and do believe in a lot of things,, most are more than beliefs,,I am convinced and have gathered and seen a lot of evidence to prove it to me.. But far as having an open mind that I have learned,, Don't let your mind open to far or your brains might spill out,,if you get my drift, lol

justachristian on August 22, 2011:

God certainly DOES exist.

Ghosts do also, as I have witnessed them.

There must be some reason why ghosts exists.

I have not only seen ghosts, but photographed a few as well.

Colin Bird on August 22, 2011:


Just like to say that... belief has to be experienced before the rational mind can progress on a spiritual journey... sometimes the answers are locked away within ourselves and become accesible through 'deep' meditation... sensitives are people living on the fringe of spiritualism which relates to their pyschic energy 'at that point in this life' ...fortuante others develop through other means... too much to mention here though...Namaste.

robyn from harlan ky on August 21, 2011:

I just started on this site and i love it .Iam a big paranormal believer and tho i have never had any real experiences myself i have felt strange things and had very weird dreams Im also a believer in dreams

Stephie on August 17, 2011:

All the time I see shadows, especially in Guelph. I visit the graveyard often, and nearby my mom's house they dug up dead bodies. Creepy huh? And I've got proof and evidence her house is haunted, I can do the same for my dad's house, but I'll do it when I'm bored.

kentuckyslone (author) on August 16, 2011:

Retarded? :0) Thanks for visiting this hub and for taking the time to comment. Some people believe others do not, that is the point of having a survey.

Sarah Rebekah on August 16, 2011:

this is so retarded.

Vampires & Werewolves ? I don't believe in Twilight.

Imaginary friends as children ? Who hasn't ?

Shadows that look like things ? Where do you think the idea of shadow puppets came from ?

Jesse R on August 11, 2011:

Great survey! Now the part about vampires and werewolves, let me clarify my beliefs. I don't believe they existed the way TV and movies project them, but I do believe the general concept of a vampire existed, as well as a shape-shifting werewolf concept.

I have experienced numerous paranormal encounters. When I was a small child, I vividly remember shadows (with features) coming into my bedroom at night. I remember having dreams of going over to friends' houses and seeing something happen, only to find out that I was not there when, in fact, those things happened. Only explanation, as I would figure out later in life, was OBE / AP.

In 2007, my home and my family came under attack by a dark entity(or entities) as well as being frequently visited by a ghost of a girl named Emily. After it got so bad we actually feared for the kids and our own safety, we moved out. That's when the interest in ghosthunting became a passion, and eventually a part-time career. Thus Paranormal Investigators of Texas was born. If you would like to learn more about our team, please visit our website. Happy Days and Haunted Nights!

Mr. E on August 02, 2011:

go to to read more stories about the paranormal

JAc on August 02, 2011:

I have had so many paranormal experiences that it's to high to count!

Imagine yourself waking up after a nightmare about a shadowed figured trying to kill you.

Then you wake up when the blade touches your neck.

Then after that you see a MOVING shadow of the grim reaper then it jumps on your back and tries to choke you for a week. I could barely breath.

Perry Frierson on July 30, 2011:

I used to be a real skeptic, until I had my first paranormal experience in an old house I lived in. Now, I am co-founder of a local paranormal investigation group. I think for most people it is hard to believe in ghosts until they are face to face with one. Even then some people refuse to believe. I know without a doubt that ghosts exist, I don't care what any one says, I have personally captured too much evidence of their existence. And yes, you can be a Christian an believe in ghosts, I know because I am one.

Bob on July 30, 2011:

I believe in ghost the paranormal in fact i have a ghost in my house I've had her for 15 years and I met her when i came to rent this house. and she is still here.


David Giron on July 20, 2011:

Being a Paranormal Investigator has really opened my eyes up to a lot of things, Especially in the last couple of years and also has had me questioning things I was taught when I was younger.

Summer on July 14, 2011:

I wish people were not as biased towards the paranormal as they are today. These things are real and DO exist. I have been dealing with paranormal things my whole life. I have seen people whose life has been ruined by ouija boards. Please, for everyone who cares about you and everyone you care about, don't open that portal to what's through that door. You never know what is going to come through, b