I ain't afraid of no ghostsThere is a lot of support out there for people who, not unlike myself, fear ghosts.
There is a lot of support out there for people who, not unlike myself, fear ghosts. I recently Googled “fear of ghosts” and found that this fear is often due to trauma experienced while watching Hollywood movies with good ghost graphics. My own fear comes from watching The Exorcist at a young age, and I know that even if I get possessed by the devil, I will forget the whole incident in the same way that Regan did at the end of the movie. I am also lucky to be at a Jesuit school, where the priests know just how to cure this problem. Unfortunately, I still am very, very afraid.
Fear of ghosts is called spectrophobia or phasmophobia, or “ghosts fear”. You would think that such a common and serious fear would have a cooler-sounding name. However, ghost-fearers such as myself have to settle for a ridiculous name like “ghosts fear.” It only goes to show how ridiculous this terror probably seems to those who are fortunate enough to only study it instead of live it on a nightly basis.
The times that I have tried to confront my fear have only made it worse because everyone knows great ghost stories that only support the fact that they are real. And these ghouls are everywhere. I found out a few weeks ago that 3 a.m. is the hour when ghosts are most active, and whenever people wake up in the middle of the night it is usually at this hour. The next time that this happens to you, you should check… if you dare. I have not been able to fall asleep before the witching hour since I heard this wonderful news, which thrills my roommate. The fear of falling asleep is also unfounded, because even though I know that it would be better to sleep through ghost-time, I am more afraid of letting them wake me up.
Sometimes in the middle of the night I can hear some bumping around and moaning in the room next door. All I can do is face the wall and close my eyes tightly so that the ghost doesn’t try to come into my room, too. I am also convinced that ghosts set off the fire alarms. Casper is too friendly to pull such a cruel joke on sleeping seniors. Once my roommate Molly and I heard someone trying to punch in our code and open the door on a Thursday night. Fortunately, it was just a phantom from downstairs that was confused about which floor he was trying to haunt. The worst ghosts are the ones who haunt the stairwells after they’ve had one too many ghost drinks.
There is hope, however, for those of you who are brave enough to keep reading after I just scared you as best as I could. Ghosts can sense who is afraid and they will not present themselves to these people lest they give themselves a bad rep and lose the ability to fix their unfinished business with the aid of the living. Also, no one has ever died because of a ghost. However, this does not make me feel better, because ghosts have been around for long enough that they can easily cover their tracks. BOO! Crusader