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There are a large number of “ghost types” and it is important to understand what they are. If you know what they are, it might put your mind at ease about your haunting, if you know what it is.

Below, you will find brief explanations of some of the different types of “ghosts” along with the basic characteristics of each type. It is important to know that the explanations below are the current thoughts (or theories) on the types listed, and may be subject to change as new discoveries, and theories, are made.

(Click on the "Ghost Type" below to be taken to the description)







Shadow People (Dark Masses)

Appearance and Characteristics:

These types usually appear as a “shadow” or “dark mass”. They are generally evasive, and tend to be seen “out of the corner of the eye”, and can often be spotted in mirrors. Sightings range from two feet in height and up, and are generally reported to travel at a height of two to ten feet. It is very easy to mistake a “Shadow Person / Dark Mass” in photographs, as more often than not, it is a natural shadow from an object within the photographed area.

Locations spotted:

This type has been reported to be seen almost anywhere.

Speculations:

The theory is that this type is a ghost in one of their many forms.

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Apparitions

Appearance and Characteristics:

Apparitions are generally classified as the front on visual of a spirit / ghost. An apparition can come in many shapes and sizes, ranging from “full bodied” to “partial” apparitions.

Apparitions can be partially transparent, incomplete, even complete. Apparitions can also appear to look, sound like and appear like another living person to the point where you don’t know the difference, till the apparition disappears!

Apparitions generally appear to be wearing clothing from their period.

For most of us, seeing an apparition is a rare thing, but can be “part of the norm” for gifted psychics.

To catch an apparition on video, or in a picture is the “holy grail” for a paranormal investigator, but unfortunately rarely happens.

Locations spotted:

This type has been reported to be seen almost anywhere.

Speculations:

It is unclear why apparitions are able to manifest when they do. As Paranormal Research is still really in its infancy, there are many theories, but to try and state exactly what the reason is would be pure speculation. The truth is, we just do not know.

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Cold Spots

Appearance and Characteristics:

Cold Spots are spots that appear colder than its surrounding area. They can appear right next to you, where you feel an area within the room that you are in that is very cold, but if you take a step or two, it feels like the rest of the room, step back towards the spot, and it is cold again.

Cold Spots can move around.

Locations spotted:

This type has been reported almost anywhere.

Speculations:

It is believed that cold spots are possibly an entity trying to manifest itself.

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Orbs (Balls of Light, Spheres, Globes)

Appearance and Characteristics:

Orbs generally appear as either fully or partially transparent “balls of light” that float around.

Orbs are by far one of the most debated anomalies captured by paranormal investigators.

The reason they are highly debated is that there are just far too many possibilities that an “orb” can show up in an image or video. Dust floating about reflecting light, water vapours, gaseous vapours, light flares, flash flares, to name just a few things that can be mistaken for a “ghostly orb”. Some digital cameras can also produce “false orbs” as well.

There are most certainly “ghostly orbs” that show up as well, but with well over 85% of “orbs” captured in an image being able to be written off as something like those listed above, most paranormal investigators tend to ignore orbs.

Sometimes a captured “orb” can show a lingering trail. This trail indicates the anomaly was traveling at a fairly high rate of speed at the time the image was taken, which could indicate that it might be a “ghostly orb”.

Locations spotted:

This type has been reported to be seen almost anywhere.

Speculations:

Actual orbs are considered to possibly be the spirit or soul of someone that has passed on from this life. It is theorised that the orb shape is one of the easiest ways for them to travel. There are many other theories about orbs, but we will leave it there for now.

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Ghost Lights

Appearance and Characteristics:

Ghost lights are mysterious lights that are usually appear as spheres, or balls of light (typically white, blue or yellow in colour).

These balls of light are said to try to “lead” people around by moving and making the curious follow it.

These balls of light are reported to vary between a golf ball in size and a basketball in size.

There are many speculations about these lights, but we will leave it there for now.

Locations spotted:

This type has been reported to be seen almost anywhere.

Speculations:

Scientists have intimated that these lights are caused by swamp gas, phosphorescent material, magnetism, even electricity, but so far there has been no definitive natural source discovered for these types of sightings.

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