Phraseology - Or Why My Haunt Is Ingenuine!
Sue and I have been working like nuts on some new ideas to report, investigate and basically be able to look into ghosts a little better and to that end, as usual, we're TRYING to learn from others.
One thing that we did was watch a recent television program called "Ghost Detectives" about a group out of Florida. This group consisted of a psychic, one "doctor" and two "technicians". (The reason these are in quotes because we did not find out what the qualifications of these folks was and where they attained their qualifications... remember the Universal Life Church does 'sell' doctorates and gives away the title 'Reverend' to anyone without qualifications... That is probably NOT the case here but better safe than sorry.) Still, before I sound like I'm slamming them, they did decent work from what I could tell and although tending to put a bit too much "faith and fact" behind things that are theories and so far really haven't been substantiated by hard stats, they did a good job. (Hey, if these are my ONLY complaints, that's pretty much perfect! I have to note that I have YET to do a perfect job on site myself!)
Where they LOST major points with me is classifying ghosts and ghostly phenomena. Something Sue and I started to try and do (you can see our efforts by clicking here but please remember, this is a work in progress!)
It was ONE term... It's the term they used to define a 'sentient spirit' or an apparent ghost that's trying to (or has) communicate(d) with the living around them.
A weak vocabulary can cost you both professionally and personally. Choosing the wrong words can make people question your intelligence, your character and even your education."Sadly, I agree with this. One should know what words they are using and why. It strikes me that this former group is more or less justifying going to 'cool' places in the name of "Ghost Research" by giving it a special label (or one to cover the fact that they have too much letterhead or changing their website would be too tricky) and then switching to a more 'correct' term to say "LOOK! WE'RE SERIOUS! HONEST!"