Paranormal Potential
November 4, 2013

Paranormal Potential

It seems more and more today people are interested in the paranormal. From movies to TV shows to songs, video games, and stories, paranormal is a part of our pop culture lexicon. The movies, shows, games, and stories would have us believe that men are the paranormal believers, but recently conducted a study that shows just the opposite: women are more likely to believe in paranormal activity. In conjunction with, used the tests of 22,320 participants in their Paranormal Beliefs Tests.

The test showed that women were far more likely to believe in paranormal activity and mystical phenomena including:

  • Karma – score of 74 for women and  56 for men (on a scale from 0 to 100)
  • Psychics and predictions – 66 vs. 49
  • Religious doctrines – 69 vs. 53
  • Fate – 65 vs. 51
  • Witchcraft – 45 vs. 34
  • The afterlife – 56 vs. 46
  • Telekinesis – 49 vs. 41
  • Folklore, myths, or legends – 49 vs. 46

Women were also more likely to believe in the possibility of:

  • Soul mates – 62 percent of women vs. 43 percent of men
  • Angels – 65 percent vs. 46 percent
  • Miracles – 71 percent vs. 53 percent
  • Healing through faith – 48 percent vs. 39 percent
  • Palm reading – 33 percent vs. 16 percent
  • Mind reading – 49 percent vs. 36 percent
  • Telepathy – 52 percent vs. 40 percent
  • Reincarnation – 43 percent vs. 27 percent
  • Past lives – 48 percent vs. 30 percent
  • Horoscopes – 41 percent vs. 25 percent
  • Ghosts, spirits, and poltergeists – 71 percent vs. 52 percent
  • The dangers of the Bermuda Triangle – 42 percent vs. 39 percent
  • The existence of the city of Atlantis – 33 percent vs. 29 percent

Beyond their sheer willingness to believe in and be interested in the above, 42 percent of women who took the test reported having first-hand experience with paranormal phenomena.

Men were not exempt from believing in paranormal activity or mystical phenomena otherwise, but women just had stronger beliefs and interests. Well, except when it came to three specific areas:

  1. the existence of aliens – 43 percent or men vs. 36 percent of women
  2. conspiracy theories that the government is hiding proof of alien existence – 40 percent of men vs. 36 percent of women
  3. the possibility of life on other planets – 70 percent of men vs. 58 percent of women

As I read through this information, I could not help but think about how the men in my life stack up against my own beliefs or interests in the paranormal. I can safely say that I most definitely believe in or at least do not simply discount the possibility of paranormal activity and mystical phenomena more so than the men in my life. For instance, of the above listed items, I believe in or am interested in:

  • Karma
  • Psychics and predictions
  • Witchcraft
  • The afterlife
  • Folklore, myths, or legends
  • Soul mates
  • Miracles
  • Angels
  • Palm reading
  • Telepathy
  • Reincarnation
  • Past lives
  • Horoscopes
  • Ghosts, spirits, and poltergeists

That is not to say that the other possibilities from the lists are rubbish; rather, I am not interest in them nor do I have an opinion one way or another. However, the men in my life likely do not have an interest or flat out do not believe in paranormal activity or mystical phenomena at all. Period. Well, at least they do not believe in as much as I do. There are women in my life who fall into that category as well, but the majority of people who do not believe happen to be men.

As Dr. Jerabek, president of the company, said, “It’s not that one gender is more open-minded than the other – it’s a matter of different perspectives on paranormal possibilities.” My perspective just happens to be one of willing to consider the possibilities of more than just the here and now.

To see where you fall on the Paranormal Beliefs test, check it out here:

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Rayshell E. Clapper is an Associate Professor of English at a rural college in Oklahoma where she teaches Creative Writing, Literature, and Composition classes. She has presented her original fiction and non-fiction at several conferences and events including: Scissortail Creative Writing Festival, Howlers and Yawpers Creativity Symposium, Southwest/Texas Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association Regional Conference, and Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference. Her publications include Cybersoleil Journal, Sugar Mule Literary Magazine, Red Dirt Anthology, Originals, and Oklahoma English Journal. Beyond her written works, she successfully created a writer's group in rural Oklahoma to support burgeoning writers. The written word is her passion, and all she experiences inspires that passion. She hopes to help inspire others through her words.

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