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How Do I Become A Paranormal Investigator?


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This is a question I am often asked, as I am sure many of you involved in the field are.  So, lets post some good suggestions, links and tips.

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Re: How Do I Become A Paranormal Investigator?

oooh i would love to know how too:). can't wait for the tips:).

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Re: How Do I Become A Paranormal Investigator?

neither can i i would love to become one!!

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Re: How Do I Become A Paranormal Investigator?

http://www.ehow.com/how_2069549_become-paranormal-investigator.html try these

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Re: How Do I Become A Paranormal Investigator?

Hi
  How did i become a paranormal investigator?.....well it was a long hard slog!..to be honest!
your really need to know your beans this helps, there are a lot of paranormal wedsite that are doing investgations just like the one i join 3 years back.
I was a trainee for also two years before being aloud to become a full Investigator a lot of reading, foot and feild research tests ect....but not all paranormal site do this most just want that your love of the paranormal and intrest in the subject....have a look around the wed there are plenty on groups out there that are looking for investigators....if no luck...why not start up on your own you you dont need a Phd in paranormal studies to become a paranormal Investigator....just a deep and love and understanding of the paranormal,
Reading is the best way your need the right kit as well if anyone wants to know more on it please feel free to email anytime i would be happy to help email is Phil@ghostfinder.co.uk, or phil_2402@yahoo.com hope this has helped

phil

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Re: How Do I Become A Paranormal Investigator?

I've been doing it now fo rthe best part of 20 years.  I started a long time ago by reading extensively on the subject (from the age of 16) with regards to investigating.  I joined ASSAP around age 17 or 18 and then attended the neccessary training course to become an acredited investigator by age 19.   Joining a national organistaion such as ASSAP is a good way to establish a framework of support you can turn to.  Back when I started there was no internet, but of course it is easier to contact researchers for help now through it and keep upto date with the field.

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Re: How Do I Become A Paranormal Investigator?

These are the suggestions from Jordans Link above:

1. Do your homework. Read everything you can on ghosts, poltergeists, UFO sightings and any other kind of paranormal activity. Study the investigations of these phenomena to get a sense of how paranormal investigators approach their work. Learn the lingo and the different types of paranormal activity that may be encountered in an investigation.
2. Join a local paranormal investigation group. Check out The Shadowlands website or the Ghostvillage website for information on groups in your area. If there are no groups in your area, consider attending a conference out of town or even starting your own group.
3. Take a class. Many organizations now offer courses in paranormal investigation. Flamel College and the International Ghost Hunters Society both offer courses you can complete from the comfort of your own home.
4. Invest in some equipment. At a minimum, a respectable paranormal investigator needs a camera, a notebook, a tape recording device and a flashlight. More experienced paranormal investigators invest in EMF detectors or meters which pick up disturbances in electric and magnetic fields.
5. Start investigating. Go to a site where paranormal activity has been witnessed or recorded and have some fun. Use the techniques you learned from your books or class and perform your own investigation. The best way to become a paranormal investigator is through real life experience.

Well if your going to do a course, make sure it is a good one and don't buy an EMF meter.

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Re: How Do I Become A Paranormal Investigator?

Regards the link, I personally would be put off from joining groups and societies with names like 'Shadow Lands', 'Ghost Village', etc. It suggests that the investigation of a case is a foregone conclusion - ie, it's probably all down to a ghost.

Surely the primary goal of the paranormal investigator is to look for normal causes for seemingly paranormal events.

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Good point Neil.  If your going to join a group, join the right one.  There seem to be a lot of groups with names that seem to betray a bias toward "belief" and it makes you wonder how objective they are.  Remember if your goingg to be devoting a lot of time to a subject, make sure your doing it right.  I feel really sorry for people study orbs and crop circles.

On a seperate issue, Ian, are you on the ASSAP Executive Committee now?

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Re: How Do I Become A Paranormal Investigator?

Yes Don, I am the Heritage Officer for ASSAP now.

It is a little unfair to judge a group based on their name, afterall, it was probably chosen to be rather catchy.

When it comes to choosing a group to become affiliated to I would have a serious think about what you want to get out of investigating and how you want to approach the subject first, then find like minded people you can work with.  Look at their approach, results and conclusions.

You'lll come across people who are effectively thrill-seekers, constantly looking for another place they can go and spend a night.  Looking for a scary experience rather than doing any serious investigating.

There are those who then investigate ghosts using a mix of pseudo-science (mediums, dowsing, oui ja boards, calling out, EVP etc) and try fishing for activity.

Personally I'd look for a group who investigate cases of reported activity using scientific methodology.

phil m
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Re: How Do I Become A Paranormal Investigator?

HI
   i would have to agree with Ian on this point thats why i join G.P.S.
We  leave the thrill seekers and fright night stuff well alone....but being a none profit scoitiy our only income is form the few company that sponuers us my place of work being one. and the donation from our members.
As Ian said scientific means is the way you need togo we  do a lot research in to a location before ever going head with any investigation even if is a well none location for being haunted debunking is the biggest part of any investigation.
With older locations your going to get far more sounds ect that can be easly mistaken for paranormal any first time investigator would now this.....well i hope anyway!
But in early Jan 2010 G.P.S did start a new company, called G.P.E. ghostfinder pararnormal expirance it  as set up scientfic workshops in most of the most haunted locations in the uk allowing the public to better understand the paranormal this is in no way a fright night or thrill seeking event  we are not trying in anyway to scary people we can leave that to fright night and haunted scare companys out there but this is a good way of making much needed cash for the socitiy New kit, the up keep of our wedsite, ect we still have a very full date book for the other private investigations.

phil



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