ABDUCTEE: Often referring to an individual who has been subjected to an alien abduction .
APPARITION: A supernatural appearance of a person or thing, especially a ghost.
CRYPTOZOOLOGY: Involves the study and pursuit of Cryptids, creatures that are traditionally considered Mythical, Folkloric or previously extinct. For example Bigfoot, Chupacabra and the Loch Ness Monster.
DISEMBODIED VOICE: A noise or voice that lacks an explainable source.
ELEMENTAL: Supernatural spirits or entities that include Fairies, Trolls, Gnomes and Banshees.
EVP: ‘Electronic Voice Phenomena’ refers to noises of a paranormal nature which can not be heard by the human ear. These voices are usually recorded via the use of an electronic device.
GHOST: Typically this refers to the soul of a human being or animal, that for some reason continues to exist in some form. Ghosts are believed to be more of a residual energy.
INHUMAN ENTITY: A supernatural being such as a demon or Jinn. They are believed to have never been human.
INTELLIGENT HAUNTING: Activity from either an intelligent Entity or Spirit. They are able to interact with their environment and even the living.
ORB: Often appearing as a translucent, circular anomaly, they are often captured on video or photograph. Sometimes they are even witnessed by the naked eye. Depending on the various theories out there, they are either dust, insects, moisture or possibly the spiritual energies of the dead.
PARANORMAL: Anything that is beyond the scope of normal scientific explanation.
PAREIDOLIA: Often known as “matrixing,” it is the brain’s perception of a meaningful pattern within random sounds or images.
POSSESSION: The state where an entity inhabits and gains a level of control over a living thing or object.
RESIDUAL: Repetitive paranormal activity resulting from the energy imprint of a person or event in time. It is kind of like a specific moment in time playing over and over again on a loop.
SHADOW BEING: Often reported as an inky black humanoid entity that moves fast, it is often spotted out of the corner of the eye and has been interpreted to be anything from a ghost or demon, to alien, time traveler or inter-dimensional being.
SPIRIT: As opposed to a ghost (see above), a spirit is normally the soul of the deceased that has crossed over, and exists in a spiritual or metaphysical plane.
SUPERNATURAL: Typically referring to spiritual or religious matters, the laws of nature do not apply to this realm.
UFO: ‘Unidentified Flying Object’ which does not necessarily apply to extraterrestrial or secret governmental crafts, but can be anything unknown spotted in the sky.