National Paranormal Society NPS FOCUS June 2016 - Page 49

“First, do no harm.” While most people likely consider this to be the well-known beginning to the Hippocratic Oath taken by new physicians, with due diligence, one will find that this sentence in fact does not appear in this oath. While it has attributed Hippocrates, it is most commonly used out of context. Ironically, this factoid has great relevance in researching and investigating the paranormal, not only the words themselves, but also the far-reaching misunderstanding of it.

As paranormal researchers and investigators, it is of utmost importance that we closely examine each aspect of a claim from every possible angle. We must look beyond our personal beliefs to explore with an objective, unbiased and scientific eye. The vast majority of paranormal claims can be explained through naturally occurring phenomenon. We as representatives of the fringe sciences must make every attempt to use these logical, natural explanations to allay the concerns and fears of the clients who come to us for assistance and advice. What has this to do with the quotation above? Which this article began.

experiencing it. Their personal belief systems have caused them to apply information out of context.

Do no harm, the paranormal investigator with integrity asks questions to cover all potential causes of the alleged activity, conducts more than one visit to the client, makes referrals to professionals as appropriate; follows up appropiately, never over-steps professional boundaries and makes every attempt to calm the fears of the family.

As with the popular

view of, from where this brief, yet powerful, sentence came, many paranormal enthusiasts are misguided by television shows and movies which sensationalize every bump in the night into a demon. So often we encounter “experts” telling concerned or frightened home owners that they must move out or call an exorcist, t hat sage will drive away evil spirits, that the dust caught in the flash of their camera is a spirit. This advice, however good the intentions, may cause mental, emotional harm to the person

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"Do No Harm"