Paranormal Phenomenon And Activity

The term paranormal describes any event that is unexplainable and unexpected based on our current scientific knowledge. While these events, also referred to as anomalous phenomena, can occasionally be expected, they are only still considered to be paranormal if they remain unexplainable.

Some of the types of phenomena or occurrences that are typically described as paranormal include:

  • cryptozoology events, including Bigfoot sightings or Loch Ness encounters
  • experiences with ghosts, apparitions or poltergeist
  • extraterrestrial experiences, such as UFO and/or alien sightings
  • psychic activity, including extra-sensory perception (ESP), telekinesis and telepathy.

Other bizarre, unexplainable phenomena, such as the Bermuda Triangle and crop circles, are also considered to be paranormal activity.

While the U.S. National Science Foundation doesn’t recognize or accept paranormal beliefs, these unexplainable, intriguing phenomena are undoubtedly fixed as a mainstay in pop culture. In fact, movies, songs and television shows regularly feature ghost stories, “haunted” encounters and other unexplained paranormal activities that continue to simultaneously fascinate and frighten people.


Literally translated from Greek to mean “the study of hidden animals,” cryptozoology is a study that focuses on finding living examples of “extinct” or mythical creatures. While those who practice this study are referred to as cryptozoologists, the creatures whose existence they are trying to prove are known as cryptids.

Some of the most popularly sought-after cryptids include:

  • Bigfoot
  • Chupacabra
  • Griffin
  • Jackalope
  • Leviathan
  • Loch Ness
  • Mermaid
  • Mermen
  • Unicorn
  • Yeren (a Chinese mythical creature similar to Bigfoot).

In addition to these “animals” and creatures, cryptozoologists are also interested in proving the existence of certain plant-related phenomena, especially those that are carnivorous. The man-eating tree and other such mythical plants are considered to be part of the realm of cryptobotany.

While cryptozoologists have yet to come up with any concrete evidence of cryptids, they contend that these creatures exist in Earth’s unexplored depths (i.e. deep in the ocean, in caves and/or in any other previously un-treaded part of the Earth).


Within the realm of paranormal activity are events of parapsychology. From the Greek for “alongside” psychology, parapsychology is a study dedicated to learning more about ESP, the afterlife and telekinesis (also referred to as psychokinesis). All of these topics (and any others of interest to parapsychology) are known as psi.

Parapsychologists trying to prove or better understand psi are currently conducting experiments in various parts of the world. While these studies continue, the mainstream scientific community remains skeptical of psi and other paranormal activities.

Proving the Paranormal

One of the fundamental reasons that certain phenomena are described as paranormal is that they are unexplainable and, as of yet, unproven. However, those who devoutly believe in the paranormal have devised their own methods of “proving” the existence of anomalous phenomena.

Some of the ways in which paranormal investigators document bizarre activities include:

  • finding fossils (This method of proving paranormal phenomena is primarily used by cryptozoologists.)
  • measuring electric energy and/or magnetic fields (Increases in either electricity or magnetism are considered to suggest the presence of ghosts or other paranormal phenomena.)
  • recording paranormal sounds and/or images (on video cameras)
  • taking pictures.