Funny cause it’s true. I’ve been in this field a long time now and once upon a time I use to strive to work with others in the community. I no longer support this. At least not on the whole. A simple truth you should have learned at this point in your life is that when people get together en masse something negative is going to turn up. It’s an undeniable truth, a human condition. In my youth I couldn’t see it, not at first. Until word got back to me, as it always does no matter the situation, of what was being said about myself, my team, or my teammates.
Given the numerous failures of “paranormal unity” around me I decided to cut my team off from the rest of the field. I had plenty of new, green, members who hadn’t been forced to suffer through it. It was a good time for us. We managed to conduct plenty of investigations, put on events, create content, and much more. Something we still strive for. And paranormal unity is still something I am entirely against.
Unity within your own team is fine. It’s more easily controlled. And typically you know the people you’re working with. Rarely have I seen a team that wasn’t comprised of mostly friends and family. And too often the teams I’ve seen comprised of strangers have crumbled. But when stepping outside the boundaries I recommend you proceed with caution. In my experience you need to be very clear of who is in charge and what is expected; especially if it’s something of yours. Be it a case or event.
Even after cutting my team off from the field I found that we were still being affected by the so-called paranormal unity front. Apparently we were the laughing stock of an entire state (lol). And claims made of numerous attempts to reach us failed and so some turned to forums. It’s just bound to happen. You need thick skin to work in this field both in regards to your clients as well as those that would consider themselves your colleague.
This post comes to light because of something that I recently seen posted on Facebook. It was a page that stands against paranormal bullying. When I think of paranormal unity I think of “paranormal drama”. Something wildly abundant in this field. It’s a perfect example. Try as you might, it’s going to happen. I have some amazing audio clips of people talking hardcore smack during investigations I’ve taken them on. I guess they were unaware that we had recorders in the room. That’s right… don’t whisper on an investigation. I’m very clear about my rules. It’s truly unbelievable. Hell I may just share a few one day.
Still, if you insist on working with others and striving for paranormal unity here are a few tips straight from my own mental list:
- Be clear as to who is in charge.
- Be clear as to what is expected.
- Know that if you want something done right then you gotta do it yourself.
- Avoid talking smack especially when running recorders.
- Grow thick skin.
- Be wary if you get ahead (field-wise).
- Be comfortable taking up for yourself.
That’s about that. This mostly stands when working with investigators and teams outside your own. There’s plenty to post, reading between the lines, but I think my point stands.
Paranormal Unity is a Paranormal Joke.