People’s Reactions to Haunt Spots Research

The day job calls today.  I have a Haunt Spots research route that takes me to 4 libraries in Ozaukee County today.  Oh, hurt me.  Let’s see if I have as much luck as I did in Cedarburg last week.

I never know what I’m going to encounter when I introduce the “P” word (paranormal) into conversations. The range of reactions are fastinating…

Nuts.  I don’t mind if people think I’m nuts because I can usually illustrate that I’m also harmless during the conversation.

Dismissive.  Anyone who’s turned away dismissively is frequently compelled to turn back shortly.  Usually as soon as they’ve had a moment to mull it over and eavesdrop on the rest of the conversation.

Bewildered.  This is always an act.  Everyone I’ve ever spoken with, upon reflection, has at least heard some sort of ghost story.  They just don’t want to admit it.  (see Nuts and Dismissive)

Intrigued.  They may not have any personal experiences, but they recognize that ghost stories are part of our universal folklore and have no trouble with me wanting to tell some.

Fascinated.  People who are open to the possibility or have had their own personal paranormal experiences. Often, fascination leads to enthusiasm.  That’s when I truly score!

If you’ve experienced the unexplainable yourself, it’s impossible to be truly and honestly dismissive.  It will always be a part of your consciousness.  You may want to deny it, but no matter how hard you try, you always wonder.  I know that I do.

Personally, I’m a friendly skeptic who loves a good ghost story.

What will I encounter today?

Happy Haunts,

Susan Scot Fry

Update…

Wow, that was fascinating.

I got 2 more Dismissives who quickly handed me off to someone else to take care of.  I got 3 more Intrigueds – one was so cute.  She waited until the other reference librarian was looking for some books for me and took the opportunity to tell me her ghost story.

And I got a new twist on Nuts called Extremely Polite.  There’s that special librarian who obviously thought I was nuts, but she didn’t have any minions to Dismiss me to, so she had to help me because it was her job.

No spectacular new Haunts discovered, but a couple of cool leads — including a ghost town in the area.  I’m itching to get out there.

Today, I’m on the phone with people.  Keep your fingers crossed.

Happy Haunts,

SSF

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  1. From Courtney at Haunt Jaunts…
    Hi Susan! Good to aee you back again. I’ve missed you!

    GREAT post. I used to be pretty exuberant to tell people that I blog about paranormal tourism…until one of my husband’s friends exuberantly told me I was going to hell and tried to do a God intervention on me and my soul. (I’m glossing over it, but it got pretty intense. He really feels all things paranormal is evil and anyone interested in it has been wooed by Satan. It hot pretty heated in fact. I refuse to have anything to do with him now, because while I am nuts, he’s crazy on a whole other level and spectrum!)

    Anyway…so after that I’m VERY cautious about telling people what I do. But then I find the less I say, the more intrigued they are, the more they want to find out what it is I really do and when I very cautiously and delicately explain then they seem to light up and spill their stories.


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