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A short Glossary of Pararnormal Terms and thier Meanings

Alien Abduction

Kidnapping by extraterrestrial beings.

Anomalous Phenomena

Phenomena that science, in its present state of knowledge, is unable to explain.


The visual manifestation of a deceased person (commonly referred to as a 'ghost') or of a living person, known to be beyond the sensory range of the percipient


The ability to ascertain information about objects or events at remote locations without the use of the normal senses.

Collective Apparition

An apparition seen by several people at the same time.


Cryptozoology is the study of rumored animals that are presumed (at least by the researcher) to exist, but for which conclusive proof does not yet exist, or for animals which are generally considered extinct, but are occasionally reported. Those who study or search for such animals are called cryptozoologists, while the hypothetical creatures involved are referred to by some as "cryptids", a term coined by John Wall in 1983.

Discarnate Entity Theory

A theory in regards to hauntings which claims that there exists some physical aspect of the body, such as a soul, that survives the body after death.

Extrasensory Perception (ESP)

The ability to acquire information without using the ordinary senses of the body and without depending on logical inference. The term includes other phenomena such as telepathy, clairvoyance, and precognition.


Paranormal phenomena such as apparitions, unexplained sounds, or object movements that are consistent with a particular location or apparition.


One who is supposedly able to communicate with the dead.

Near-Death Experience (NDE)

Unusual experiences often reported by people after being rescued from the brink of death.


Esoteric systems of belief and practice that assume the existence of mysterious forces and entities.

Out of Body Experience (OBE)

Also called astral projection; a fully conscious experience in which a person's consciousness seems to be outside of the physical body; believed to result when the astral body separates from the physical body.


Phenomena which seem to defy the known laws of science.


Refers to the experimental and quantitative study of paranormal phenomena; the modern equivalent of psychical research.


A phenomenon (plural: phenomena) is an observable event, especially something special (literally something that can be seen (from the Greek word phainomenon = observable).


Also called recurrent spontaneous psychokinesis; large-scale psychokinetic phenomena thought to be due to a living person; phenomena includes unexplained noises or the movements of objects; see also Psychokinesis.


The ability to ascertain information about future events without the use of the normal senses and without logical inference.


A term parapsychologists use to generically refer to all kinds of psychic phenomena, experiences, or events that seem to be related to the psyche, or mind, and which cannot be explained by established physical principles.


One who possess psi ability.

Psychokinesis (PK)

The ability to affect objects, events, or people without using the usual intervention by the muscular system

Spontaneous Human Combustion

Refers to cases in which a badly burned human body has been discovered in circumstances suggesting that the fire originated spontaneously in or on the body of the victim.


The ability to communicate directly through mind-to-mind contact and to perceive information directly from another's mind, without resorting to the use of the five known senses.


A UFO or unidentified flying object in the original, literal sense is any airborne object or optical phenomenon, detected visually or by radar, whose nature is not readily known. Interest in these objects stems from arguments that some of them display anomalous characteristiscs, especially the continued speculation that some of them may be the products of extraterrestrial intelligence.
Terms Gathered from the follwing sources:

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