It is easy to confuse “Paranormal” activity or phenomena with “Perinormal.” Most people aren’t even aware that there are different categories of supernatural occurrences, and more still believe that no such thing exists. However, investigations are turning up evidence every day they do in fact exist, and that there are different categories in which different types of phenomena are classified.
Paranormal activity has always been considered anything that could not be explained or debunked by logic or science. However, the occurrences which qualify as “paranormal” are a bit more complex and more difficult to prove. Paranormal activities are the things which, after research and thorough investigation, result in no natural or logical evidence or explanation whatsoever. Strange sounds, shadows, flashes of light or EMF (Electromagnetic Field) readings can always be first summarized as grounds for investigation, because these things do not always occur randomly in just any place. Only a handful of these phenomena are permanently filed as paranormal.
However, ghostly manifestations and demon possessions are occurrences which cannot be explained in any other fashion. They are never logical or rational, and investigations almost always find evidence to support that these earn their merit as paranormal. Even extraterrestrial beings and mythical creatures such as vampires and werewolves are considered paranormal, although no one has successfully collected enough proof that these particular beings exist.
Peri-normal activity, the study of which is etymology, is any occurrence debunked in paranormal investigations. Peri-normal is prepathological, meaning that the events are somewhere in between normal occurrences and pathological issues. Often, EMFs are debunked by the discovery of wiring in walls, sounds explained by groaning pipes or a shifting foundation, or shadows by the presence of a bug that was at first overlooked in the midst of an investigation.
Sometimes, however, thorough analysis and research proves neither natural nor paranormal events, and turns up only evidence that the afflicted person experienced things as a result or a physical or mental disorder. These are the cases in which people are labeled as “crazy” or “unstable,” and often receive a diagnosis of schizophrenia because of auditory and visual hallucinations. Sometimes the “haunted” simply want so desperately to believe that they are experiencing the paranormal that their minds create the illusions of phenomena which in reality does not exist.
It is difficult to close one’s fist around true paranormal activity, unless it does in fact take the form of ghostly manifestations or demonic possessions, and unfortunately those can potentially be the most dangerous of all. It is important to analyze any evidence of the paranormal from every angle before filing it with concrete in that category. In a world where people fear what they do not understand, without hard-core proof that supernatural activity does in fact exist, they will be quick to put you in the crazy spectrum of peri-normal.