Wednesday, March 31, 2010

It's No Laughing Matter!

Imagine this.  It's the middle of the night and you hear strange noises.  You investigate cautiously, but there's no one there.  The same thing happens again.  And again.  Without apparent cause.

By morning you have had little or no sleep, are very on edge and yet beginning to wonder if it was just your imagination.  The next night it happens again.  And again, there is no explanation.

So you talk to your friends.  You tell them that something strange is happening in your house.  Maybe something unnatural.  And what do they do?  They laugh.

It is no laughing matter.

The cause of your problems might be quite rational and simple - or it might be far more complex and harder to define.  But the effect that is is having on you, on the other hand, is clearly far from humorous.  Unexplained phenomenon - especially in your own home - can be a terrifying ordeal and it is quite inappropriate for your friends to respond to your calls for help with laughter.

The problem is, that most people don't believe in the paranormal.  Or to be more accurate, most people are terrified of the paranormal.  Laughter at ghosts and ghoulies and long legged beasties and things that go bump in the night is most often related to childhood fear of such things.

In this case, laughter can be a coping mechanism used by the subconscious to cover up the fears and worries that we are suppressing.  Laugh at something and you rob it of its power.  Laugh at your fears and you are more easily able to cope with them.

What you need is support.  You don't need someone to roll up with magic incantations dressed up like a reject from a fortune-tellers' convention.  But neither do you need to be laughed at.  You need someone to help you work out what is going on, and - if necessary - to stop it.

Remember, whether there is a 'normal' explanation or an 'abnormal' explanation, your health and quality of life are at stake.  It's no laughing matter.

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