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Effects Of The Paranormal On The Community

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An astonishing estimate of three out of four Americans believe in the paranormal. That’s approximately two hundred and thirty four billion out of three hundred and twelve billion Americans. The rising paranormal interest negatively affects a community. The economic influence of the paranormal can destroy a town and its reputation. In addition, the belief in the paranormal can leave a person mentally disturbed and cause learned helplessness. This, which affects the people, can hurt a community if a person affected by either is put into a position of power. Also, as seen in the late Victorian era, belief in the supernatural can cause people to turn against one another in large numbers and in ...view middle of the document...

Moreover, if the tourism increased in an area due to the rise in paranormal activity the damage on the community physically could be extensive. The litter would be continuous and uncontrollable. The traffic would cause the community to be uninviting. The unceasing flow of people would cause the city to have a dirty, cluttered vibe. Consequently, the city would become unattractive and fail even farther into an economic hole. This is all the result of one simple factor: the rising interest in the paranormal.
Secondly, the belief in the supernatural adversely affects the people of community, therefore affecting the community as a whole. There has been a great deal of research regarding traits that correlate with belief in the paranormal. People who have such beliefs are more likely to attribute life outcomes to things out of their control. For example: such a person would say that they don’t have enough money because their electric bill was more than usual due to a harsh winter. They might not attribute their lack of funds to the new computer they chose to purchase. The learned helplessness from the belief in the supernatural can then lead to poor leadership skills. If this person is put into a position of power, then the person more than likely will have a negative effect on the community.
By the same token, the paranormal changes people. One might have a casual interest in the paranormal that starts as a hobby. But ever so slowly, this seemingly innocent takes over one’s life. This obsession takes precedence over religion, relationships, employment, friendships, hobbies and other interests. Financially, they swiftly find themselves in debt. Equipment will fail and malfunction then will need to be replaced. This takes its toll on relationships and one’s career. In turn, one will turn to risky behavior such as gambling and substance abuse to fill the void they have created. They will have changes in personality, suddenly show signs of reckless behavior, and become reclusive. How might this affect a community? If one person is affected by this obsession then the family is affected. This then disrupts the family’s daily lives and activities such as attending school, going to work, paying bills, etcetera.
In addition, the possibility of the existence of ghost is harming our people’s mental well beings. After watching one of Hollywood’s famous horror movies, such as Paranormal Activity or Insidious, one might be filled with fear and anxiety. People can also be traumatized to the point that the experiences cause a mild form of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Due to the chemicals released from the brain, there may be a spike in the blood pressure which can have...

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