|Posted by Gary Robusto on May 17, 2012 at 12:10 AM|
Written by Team Manager Rick Martin
This is often the reason given by clients when asked why they called Tri-City NYPS to conduct an investigation into their claims. Validation seems to be the priority to our clients and for obvious reasons. It can be a lonely time if you are experiencing paranormal actvity and nobody seems to believe you. Im sure that some of us, if not all have been through this. So we at Tri-City NYPS do everything we can to validate these claims, or at least try to give some kind of explanation.
But what about the times where we cannot validate any of their claims? How do we go about revealing that we have no proof of what they believe is occurring? How can we communicate that what the client believes to be truthful claims, may in fact not be paranormal in nature at all?
First off, client reveals need to be conducted with the highest level of professionalism and must be based entirely in FACT. We cannot go in and start talking about "what we think" is there, or "how we feel" for this is not evidence. Nor will it help the situation by essentially planting new ideas into the client's brains.
It is important to tread lightly when discussing things of a paranormal nature. Most of our clients have based what they know about the paranormal on TV or horror movies, which are not the most accurate portrayals of real life paranormal activity. We need to explain these things without offending anybody's personal beliefs.
Next, we need to let our clients know that just because we didnt catch anything, doesn't mean they're "just imagining things". Paranormal occurrences do not happen on command as all of us know.
At this point, there are a few explanations we can give towards what may be happening in the home. One example may be EMF Hypersensitivity where the electromagnetic fields in the home are having some affect on the client. (Some of these symptoms include paranoia, the sense of being watched and even hallucinations.) The EMF level in the home may be high due to the home's electrical wiring. If this is the case, we can give a real solution to the problem by having the client hire an electrician to better ground the house. If this does not solve the problem, further explanations need to be explored.
All in all, client reveals need to be done with complete honesty. We need to stay true to our goal of collecting data and using facts to explain paranormal phenomena. If the fact is that we did not gather any evidence to support a client's claims, than that is what needs to be said despite how the client may react. Nobody wants to hurt anybody's feelings or disappoint them, but when we are dealing with scientific fact, it either is or it isn't.
- Rick Martin, Tri-City NYPS Team Manager/Investigator