Dr. Barry Taff, recognized parapsychologist, writes a long and disturbing commentary on his site about Psi and Psychosis: Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid detailing incidents of mental illness he has experienced with acquaintances who are obsessed with the paranormal. He concludes:
The ever increasing problem of mental illness associated with the paranormal must be addressed and soon, or we will all pay the price for it in years to come.
Many of these people cannot differentiate between reality and fantasy, as they’re paying more attention to what’s going on in their heads as opposed to what’s really transpiring in the real, physical world around them. Such individuals are dissociative in the extreme.
If we ignore and neglect this problem, we will have a significant portion of our population who believes the nonsense depicted on paranormal reality shows and they will start blaming the problems they encounter in life on the paranormal as opposed to taking the proper course of action to deal with the situation. We will have many individuals who will seek the help of people totally unqualified people to assist them in their time of need.
Dr. Taft notes you don’t call in actors who play police or doctors on TV when you need help, you should not be calling in ghost hunters from TV shows (or wish they were on them). He goes on to state: “None of these performers are qualified to do anything other than following the scripted direction of their shows. The content on these shows is not real, it’s all staged for the benefit of their audience.”
People with real emotional problems need professional help. They need to stop blaming “entities” and take responsibility for themselves. He calls for change. Quite bold statements he makes. I’m curious how this will be received in the paranormal community.