Who doesnâ€™t love an old fashioned ghost story? Whether itâ€™s something scary on
Halloween or a frightening tale told late at night sitting around a campfire,
ghost stories have been around for as long as humans have been telling stories.
In fact, Iâ€™m such a fan of ghost stories I created a whole series â€śSecrets of
Redemptionâ€ť that combines the psychological thriller genre with a haunted house.
(Because who doesnâ€™t love a haunted house? Except â€¦ is the house even haunted?
And, to celebrate the launch of the 3rd book The Evil That Was
Done in my award-winning â€śSecrets of Redemptionâ€ť series, I
thought Iâ€™d dive into the question of why ARE we so obsessed with ghosts. Below
are five reasons to help explain our ghostly fascinations:
1. Overall, stories provide a safe container for us to feel our
emotions. So many of us spend our lives trying to push our
uncomfortable emotions away (such as sadness and worry and shame), or numb them
or run away from them or whatever it takes to not feel them.
The problem with that is if we arenâ€™t feeling our difficult emotions, we also
arenâ€™t feeling our joyful, happy emotions. And, as humans, we need to feel our
emotions in order to feel, well, human.
Thatâ€™s why stories (and fiction in general) are so valuable. They give us an
outlet for feeling those emotions without wreaking havoc in our lives. (In other
words, we can feel scared because of what a character is going through without
us being in any actual danger.)
2. Feeling fear is good for us. While worry and anxiety (which
is fear gone amuck) is NOT all that healthy for us, fear definitely has an
important place in our lives. A healthy dose of fear keeps us physically safe.
It keeps us on our toes. You could even argue it helps us become the best
version of ourselves. Without feeling fear, we can grow lazy and complacent, and
in worst case scenarios, put ourselves in danger.
3. Ghost stories are a metaphor for all the â€śghostsâ€ť weâ€™re dealing with
in our lives. All of us are â€śhauntedâ€ť by things in our past or are
struggling with our own â€śghostsâ€ť of things that have failed (such as
relationships or careers) or maybe even ghosts of people we loved who are no
longer with us. Even if you donâ€™t necessarily believe in ghosts in a ghost
story, all of us are dealing with ghosts on some level. Reading or watching a
ghost story helps give us a sense of closure we may be seeking in our ghost stories.
4. Ghost stories help us explain the unexplainable. We have all
experienced events in our lives that we canâ€™t explain. There is no good reason
for what happened or didnâ€™t happen. Unfortunately, our brains are wired that we
dislike things we canâ€™t explain or donâ€™t understand, so a lot of times we look
for an explanation, even if itâ€™s pretty unlikely or far-fetched. Ghosts can be a
5. Sometimes we just want a good scare. (And thereâ€™s nothing
wrong with that.)
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When Michele was 3 years old, she taught herself to read because she wanted to
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As you can imagine, writing has been a driving passion throughout her life. She
became a professional copywriter (which is writing promotional materials for
businesses), which led to her founding a copywriting and marketing company that
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She also hosts a popular book and entertainment blog. Check out MPWNovels.com
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She holds a double major in English and Communications from the University of
Wisconsin-Madison. Currently she lives in the mountains of Prescott, Arizona
with her husband Paul and southern squirrel hunter Cassie.
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4 comments posted.
Sounds interesting. I like ghost stories because they can be seen from the view of the other side - if there is one.
(Nancy Reynolds 10:37am July 1)