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 Post subject: Talking to 'Clients'
PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2012 11:16 am 
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When a team is called in by a client who thinks they are being haunted, more often than not they have already decided that they have a 'ghost', and it can be tricky for the investigator to convince them that may not in fact be the case.

At best, the client won't want to appear foolish, and at worst, they may assume that the investigators think they are lying about things.

What do you think is the best way to approach these kind of situations?

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 Post subject: Re: Talking to 'Clients'
PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2012 11:53 am 
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in a friendly none accusatory manner.

Its easy to say I dont beleive you. But when you have to back that statement up with fact many will struggle.

In one of our recent cases we seem to have gotten to the bottom of the problem, in the case we found no evidence. But we were carefull not to accuse the client of lying. We explained how other factors could have produced the same things and took a lot of the fear out of the case.

That reminds me, on a team note, a quick email or text to that client to check on things would be a good idea.

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 Post subject: Re: Talking to 'Clients'
PostPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2012 12:05 pm 
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I think that in most cases the clients aren't lying just attributing paranormal things to perfectly normal things.

We'd never accuse someone of lying but it think problems can arise when the client refuses to entertain an alternative explanation for whatever reason.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 5:27 pm 
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Drawing a very tenuous parallel between my experience of working with schizophrenics and cases of borderline personality disorder it can sometimes be the case that another person can evoke feelings e.g. of disbelief, hatred, or protectiveness in those around them. I don't mean to say that this only happens in cases of mental illness but that kind of work throws light on more subtle forms of (possibly) unconscious mechanisms at work in our everyday interactions.

Rather than remain watchful for the truth/inaccuracies in a clients story maybe it's best to treat the clients story as real for the client...while remaining vigilant against letting your emotional response prevent your capacity to remain a removed observer. Refer to your feelings to attempt to understand how the client might feel, and how those around him/her feel but to come down on one side of the argument or not might be to play the role of napoleon to the client's winston churchill. We all have delusions...well not me of course...I'm perfect. 8)


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2012 1:28 pm 
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This thread was discuss a lot more on our facebook group page if anyone is interested: http://www.facebook.com/groups/49883968624/

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