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Can the paranormal be ADDICTIVE?
« on: March 29, 2012, 04:59:13 AM »
My husband told me today that I was too obsessed with the paranormal. And it's true. My life revolves around it. I've seen too much not to be obsessed. I am always thinking about it. I'm on this site everyday talking about it cause my husband is sick of hearing about it. lol. He is a huge skeptic and always tries to make me feel bad for believing. I've been this obsessed with the paranormal since I was a kid. My uncle, who is a writer and UFOlogist, got me started in it. He gave me a bunch of books and I had a hay day even though at that time I didn't really know how to read I was so young lol. My husband says he wants to kick my uncle's butt for getting me into it, it bugs him that much. It really bothers me. I grew up with my family telling me stories about the paranormal that have been passed down for generations. I've posted this sentence a few times on here so you probably already know it but my all the women on my mother's side of the family are psychic/mediums. And like I said I've seen waaay too much. Anyways my husband says I have an addiction, which sounds ridiculous. I'd say it's more of an obsession but I don't know. Do you think one could be "addicted" to the paranormal?
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Re: Can the paranormal be ADDICTIVE?
« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2012, 07:24:04 AM »
Simple answer: Yes.

Is this a good thing or a bad thing?

A very bad thing. And here's just a handful of the many reasons why:

1. A preoccupation with the "paranormal" may predispose you to interpreting perfectly normal and explainable phenomena as "paranormal." This further degrades your ability to critically evaluate information.

2. A preoccupation with the paranormal leaves you at a greater risk of being defrauded by charlatans or confidence tricksters who use your beliefs for their own ends.

3. A preoccupation with the paranormal may be harmful to your health by causing unnecessary stresses, or leading you to favour "alternative" treatments and therapies for illnesses over orthodox treatments.

4. A preoccupation with the paranormal may distract you from constructive actions in your "real" life, be these social, economic, relationships etc.