Posts Tagged ‘psychology’

Normally I steer clear of directly commenting about someone, especially in this day and age of slander etc but I am going to use an example of a person in the news and use sources that are widely available because I think it should be mentioned given that I post about the paranormal etc… and that is the danger that ‘fake’ mediums bring to the field.

Derek Acorah is not really someone I stomach, I read one of his books and frankly thought it was paper that could have been put too much better use, maybe hamster bedding. Then again I don’t particularly care for the show that made me aware of him, Most Haunted.

This man has claimed to be possessed by spirits, as a medium he has been given money to perform on television and more than once has been found lacking. He started out as a football player and was on the books for Liverpool FC yet never played a game for them and then his career went down another path, being a TV psychic.

By 2004 his fame was rocketing and then in 2005 the hoax personality seems to have been revealed, namely by one of the sceptics on the show. Yes, you can complain it was a sceptic, however it takes someone looking away from the show of the man to look at the evidence I would suspect. How did this happen? Ciarán O’Keefe told the Mirror (newspaper) that he had been secretly feeding him misinformation to see if this was used or not.

Yvette Fielding was given the information, that the name Kreed Kafer had been put on a bit of paper and the name used within earshot of Derek, saying that he was a nasty South African Jailer… The fake name was actually an anagram for “Derek Faker” and low and behold the possession occurred. After this Yvette Fielding made the decision to remove him from the show, however I believe by this point the damage really was apparent. He has not been involved since 2005 and thankfully so.

This man also decided to further muddy his waters when he told the Madeleine McCann family that their child was definitely dead, saying a spirit guide gave him that message and that she would soon be reincarnated. Regardless of what you think about that entire story with the missing young lady, imagine hearing that? Even if you think it’s a pile of steaming horse poo it’s been said… it’s been put out there and now comes the question about do you take comfort/get upset from it or do you punch the guy?

The reason I have picked out Derek Acorah is that I have read his work, and seen him on TV and personally find it hard to work out how people believe him… I find him cringe worthy but again that’s personal opinion. The fact is that this man has more than once been caught out doing things that put mediums into a bad light, and into the faker spotlight.

If you think that medium’s are of benefit and they truly can make contact with the dead then this sort of thing is only going to make the genuine mediums lives even harder work. I have several issues with people that charge for these shows, you can argue they need a living, because I can’t see how in a room of over 200 people or whatever, they can single out a voice from a dead loved one and find that person amongst them. The showboating side of this side of the paranormal frightens me, people come back ready to pay another £20-50 to go back because he tells them a demon is attached to them and they need his help….

If they need help why charge them to come back to another show? Nope… give them the number of a trained exorcist, or give them the number for someone that can legitimately assist. No they charge that person another ticket.. another seat on a bum, someone who’s come back so they can say “oh I believe Sam is here today to …” Oh please. Slap me!

People want to believe, they go because they already do… or maybe a one off to see how far their sceptism goes… either way that sham of a show is then funded. That ego boat has been floated and the damages coming from them have come because people give them the audience. I pray that this isn’t the only side to it we see, I want to believe that if medium’s are a true business the real ones don’t need to be funded by studio lights or “Derek Faker”’s.

*Clip taken from youtube uploader 659061*

The School and Hospital was a facility for, the outdated term, “mentally retarded” people located in Mansfield, Connecticut and ran by the state. It was open from 1860-1993 and its former campus is now a historical district. The caretakers’ residence was also listed on the program Paranormal Witness in 2011. (FYI you can hate me for this but I personally find that show awful and yet I watch Ghost Adventures… go figure, each to their own as they say.)

The hospital opened in Lakeville as the Connecticut School for Imbeciles and later changed its name to the Connecticut Training School for the Feebleminded at Lakeville, in 1915. Two years later it merged with the Connecticut Colony for Epileptics and became the presently named school and hospital. When it opened in its merged state in 1917 there were 402 students in residence, by 1932 it was 1,070. During the Depression and World War II demand decreased for students so they faced overcrowding and long waiting lists. It increased again in the 1960’s as the attitudes changed and by 1969 there were 1609 residents along with 875 full-time staff. By 1991 with all the changes it was down to 141 people remaining as residents.

1993 saw the closure of the hospital after numerous lawsuits about the conditions of the hospital and patients were transferred. Some of the dilapidated buildings were demolished but others were saved in some form or other, and the area was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987. As with many of these older asylums the  anguish and torment of the patients at the hands of barbaric treatments have led to many investigations about the area being haunted. Lobotomy and Electro-shock therapy conjure up strong images from various horrors and documentaries about the way in which “barbaric” treatments were employed. The ghosts of the past if they are not intelligent could well be residual and I am sure our imaginations can certainly fill in plenty of gaps if not.

Not the kind where you run up and down the stairs until you feel light headed. The genuine practise of banishment of spirits/demons possessions. I won’t go on about the obvious film(s) covering this genre but I will mention that this is something controversial to many people.

Medical studies suggest that the following can be contributing to the delusion/belief that someone is possessed.

  • Automatism, someone acting in a mechanical or involuntary manner.
  • Gilles de la Tourette’s syndrome, where victims cannot control their language outbreaks or movements.
  • OCD – a need to continue doing what can be seen as irrelevant acts over and over again.
  • Some form of mental disorder (eg schizophrenia)
  • Xonolalia,. where a person begins to speak a language fluently that was previously unknown
  • deep-rooted psychological problems that have not been addressed correctly

“O sacardos Christi, tu scis me esse diabolum. Cur me derogas?” Latin ‘O Priest of Christ, you know that I am the Devil. Why do you keep bothering me?’

As an example one Father states that of 500,000 referred exorcism’s he believed that 84 of them were genuine cases of possession. According to an independent report hey should refer to a doctor and then only aim for a priest as a last resort.

The practise is not something that is exclusively Christian/Catholic and I believe it’s worth noting this. Most of the horrors we see on our screens involving the subject are based on the Catholic rites but there are rites of this nature in Hinduism, Judaism and Islamic texts.

Which brings me nicely on to a small passion I have outside of the blog, anime and cosplay.  With all the serious posting above I’d like to share a trailer for an anime I am currently enjoying.