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Story by A. Pustanio, with Gina Lanier
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Perhaps no childhood companion is more familiar or more revered than the Teddy Bear. Friend, companion, confidante, protector, playmate – these are just some of the roles the loyal, loving Teddy Bear has assumed over the years. Since its introduction to the world in the early 1900’s, the Teddy Bear – named after American President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt – has been the indisputable image of a happy childhood.

But is it possible that the beneficent Teddy Bear, like many other childhood toys, has a darker side, less often seen, but once experienced, impossible to forget? Is it within the realm of reason that the fuzzy friends of our childhood, living and sharing every moment with their adopted children, might take on a life all their own once the innocence of youth has worn away? Can it be possible that the beloved Teddy Bear is actually the most haunted (and haunting!) toy of all time?

These are the questions posed by Haunted America’s resident ghost hunter and paranormal investigator Gina Lanier when she set out to discover the history of haunted Teddy Bears. Considering the subject a little “off the wall” at the outset, Lanier was surprised to find there are many examples of these plush ghostly companions with owners – and former owners! – eager to tell the tale of their brush with a haunted toy.

As a ghost hunter and paranormal investigator, Gina Lanier has encountered many haunted possessions such as jewelry, paintings and furnishings, but she contends that toys are far and away the most haunted items of all.

“This is probably because toys spend an awful lot of time with their children,” says Lanier. “Most kids forge a strong bond with their toys, dolls and teddy bears especially, and we encounter situations where some toys have gone through every major event in a child’s life – positive and negative – and it would not be outrageous to say that the toys pick up the energy of the child who spends the most time with them. But I think I chose Teddy Bears because they’re almost a symbol of childhood and they have such an innocent reputation.”

The warm and fuzzy companion of our youth has a long history of popularity both in America and abroad. For generations children have received Teddy Bears to mark all sorts of occasions and childhood milestones or for just “no reason at all.” The Teddy Bear has been the keeper of childhood secrets, the companion of childhood illnesses, the playtime partner, and some Teddy Bears have even accompanied children on that final journey into the dark when they are placed in the coffins of infants and children who have died.

“Given all that the Teddy Bear is exposed to,” says Lanier, “it would be absurd to think that somewhere along the way you wouldn’t get some pretty haunted and even possessed toys out of it.”

To launch her investigation into the secret lives of haunted Teddy Bears, Lanier first had to acquire test subjects with appropriate backgrounds. With the help of friends and family she has amassed a large collection of Teddy Bears, all of which just happen to be the objects of paranormal and ghostly activity. Many of these were subjected to research and returned to their owners; others were willingly donated with no return required.

Lanier’s collection spans all types of Teddy Bears: some are antiques (made around the 1920’s and 30’s), some are just old and tattered, some are more modern examples, and some are brand new. Several were collected from the massive debris piles left in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. What they all have in common is a history of association with paranormal activity, as verified by the statements and real-life accounts of their owners or as discerned by Lanier herself over the course of many months’ work.


Just why the Teddy Bear is the most haunted childhood relic is something Lanier considered at great length throughout her investigation.

In many cases, Lanier concluded, the haunting or possession of the teddy bear occurs over a long period of time. For all the years a bear remains in possession of a loving child it becomes an integral part of that child’s life. As the child creates this relationship with the bear, the toy naturally begins to take on the energy being directed toward it. Eventually, it is surmised, the essential energy becomes a force that draws other remnant energy to it; for example, if the child and his toy live in a home that already has an established history of paranormal activity, this may begin to use the toy as a conduit to manifestation. In this instance, the toy can become something similar to the “familiar” associated with practitioners of magic, though of course not frequently on such a powerful scale. The object may not move and act as if of its own volition, but the fact remains that the high concentration of energy, sometimes combined with external anomalies, will cause the teddy bear to almost take on “a life of its own.” When this occurs, the teddy bear begins to act in response to the child, taking on – at least to its companion – all aspects of an independent playmate.

Similarly, in homes where a family member such as a sibling or other close relative has died, it often happens that the teddy bear becomes the receptacle for the etheric energy of the deceased in question. In this event, the toy might manifest audible phenomena as well as local, independent motion, i.e. moving from place to place without the assistance of human interaction.

In the situations described above it is often found that the energy manifest in the teddy bear is generally benevolent and that, outside the somewhat unsettling fact that an entity is present in the toy, the most unnerving aspect seems to be the intense loyalty the haunted object will demonstrate toward the child that owns it.

It is when the link between child and plaything is broken, either through the natural breakdown of interest that occurs as the child ages or in situations where adults intervene when they feel the child is appropriately old enough to discontinue playing with toys, that malevolent activity associated with haunted teddy bears has been most prevalent.

“Well, it’s the sudden withdrawal of the energy that causes the bears to ‘go bad,’ you might say,” Lanier comments. “After all, this toy has spent nearly every waking moment of the child’s life involved in all of his or her experiences. To be cut off from the constant companionship and the natural interaction can be a shock; if the etheric energy within the bear has gained enough strength, it might be capable of all sorts of activity on its own.”

Lanier’s investigations suggest that this premise can explain much of the strange activity surrounding some of the older teddy bears and those newer ones abandoned to the trash heap or the thrift store.

“I know of one instance where a mother decided that her son was too old to be sleeping with his teddy bear,” Lanier relates. “At first, she began to wean him off of the habit by allowing him to go to sleep with the bear and then removing it while the boy was asleep. Often during the night the little boy would wake up and call for his bear and sometimes the mother would give in. But she eventually lost her patience with the process and simply refused the boy his bear at night, even going so far as to sleep with it herself to make sure he wouldn’t have access to it.”

The young mother soon found out to her dismay that Teddy Bear had other ideas, as Lanier relates:

“One night as she was finally settling down to sleep after an exhausting tantrum from her son, she cradled the child’s little bear in her arms and tried to get to sleep herself. She had only shut her eyes for a few minutes when she felt movement in her arms and she immediately thought she could catch her son in the act of swiping the Teddy Bear.

“You can imagine her reaction when she opened her eyes and her son was nowhere in sight. But when she looked down at the Teddy Bear in her arms she saw it was wiggling and MOVING ITSELF out from under her arm, trying to get away and back to the little boy’s bed!”

The mother sat up and threw the Teddy Bear from her in fear. The little bear hit the wall and fell to the floor; in the bedside light she could see it crumpled on the floor. At that same instant her son woke startled from sleep in the next room and began to cry miserably. Not knowing what to do the frightened woman eventually got up the nerve to approach the bear which she quickly locked away in the well of a nearby entertainment center. Eventually, however, the bear found its way back to the little boy – but by no paranormal means: his father simply found the bear locked away and gave it back to his son. Still, when it did reappear, the child’s mother was too frightened to remove it again. Ultimately, the boy himself apparently outgrew the toy on his own. Or, as Lanier likes to speculate, could it be the toy outgrew the child?

“Teddy bears really just want to be loved,” Lanier says. “They want to be cuddled and valued and cared for – in fact, that’s what they’re made for. And as long as there is someone around to provide for those needs, I think the energy within the toy remains positive and content. When the child is allowed to naturally outgrow the toy it’s possible that the energy dissipates and perhaps reappears in some other form in the older child’s life or moves on altogether.”

Some haunted teddy bears, however, don’t know when to let go.

“I have found this phenomenon in some of the subjects I have received or removed from homes where there is a history of abuse, either of the teddy bear’s child or of a sibling,” Lanier explains. “I speculate that the primary energy the toy gets exposed to is fear, obviously, and then anger that the child isn’t able to express outwardly. As in other situations where pent up emotion combines with a child’s strong energy, poltergeist activity centered around the teddy bear is not uncommon.”

In such instances the teddy bear can become the source of a very real and potent threat in the environment. Always endeavoring to protect the child it loves, oftentimes this energy can manifest in very negative ways.

“I have confirmed accounts of teddy bears in these environments apparently taking action of their own either to reveal the perpetrator of the abuse or harm that person in some way,” says Lanier.

In one instance a malevolent bear appeared on the stairs seemingly out of nowhere; when the negative individual who was the bear’s target descended the stairs, roused by some noise, the bear was in just the right place to cause a fall that resulted in a protracted hospital stay. While the subject remained hospitalized, the bear seemed completely harmless and inanimate.

“That’s an interesting case,” says Lanier. “First of all it seems the bear was determined to get at the person it felt was harming those it loved. Also, in that case, no one except the target heard the noises that caused him to walk down the stairs in the first place. Then, finally, when the man came home from the hospital, the activity only got worse.”

Indeed, it seemed Teddy Bear had upped the ante considerably while the abusive subject was away. Now convalescing in the home but still unable to get around without the aid of a crutch, the injured man spent considerable time in bed – at least at first.

Once in the middle of the night the injured man awoke to hear his bedroom door shut but when he tried to lift himself to investigate he was shocked to find the malevolent teddy bear straddling his injured leg. Almost as soon as he became aware of it, the man says, the bear began to move toward him.

“He firmly believes that bear might have killed him if he hadn’t have screamed loud enough to wake the whole house!” Lanier says with a smile.

Apparently the bear “got around” so much that, as soon as he was able, the man went to stay with relatives and refused to come back despite the pleadings of his wife “as long as the kid has that god damned bear!”


Some of the most touching stories of haunted teddy bears involve the toys left behind when a child dies – either suddenly or after succumbing to a long illness.

“Well, evidently, the bears go through the same grieving process as human survivors of death,” Lanier states. “Loneliness is probably the primary feeling, I suppose, although often there are signs of anger and confusion as well.

“As I said, teddy bears just want to be loved and taken care of. That is the purpose of their existence, well, that and to keep their companion happy. When this relationship is suddenly cut off, there is a backlash of energy that can manifest in unexpected ways.”

The most touching example of a bear whose energy remained positive though its link to its child was severed is the story of Laredo. The bedside companion of a terminally ill child, Laredo was named after a song by popular country singer Chris Cagle. Laredo’s child suffered bravely through terminal illness with the bear constantly by his side and before his death the child made it clear that he wanted Laredo to go and live with Cagle.

“That’s a very touching example of a strong bond between a child and his teddy bear,” Lanier says sadly. “The child’s family was convinced that the boy was receiving much of his strength and his will to live from his companion teddy bear. Not only this, he also found strength in the words and messages he heard in Cagle’s music. In the end, he wanted Cagle to have that bear, and that’s how it went.”

After completing his task as bedside companion to a dying boy, Laredo the Teddy Bear now lives with Chris Cagle, his presence a constant reminder of the value of life and the bond between a boy and his companion.

Probably the most disturbing report of post-mortem teddy bear activity is of the teddy bear that returned from the grave.

“Oh, that happens more than you might think!” Lanier laughs. “Bears seem to have a knack of showing up, even through six feet of dirt!”

Lanier is quite serious in her contention that some teddy bears, knowing the bond with their child is broken by death and not content to remain forever in the grave, will “find a way” back to the world of the living.

One report from a Tennessee woman involved a teddy bear that had been the constant companion of her grandmother who was suffering from Alzheimer’s in a nursing home. The presence of the little bear seemed to delight the elderly lady and from the time she received it, she never let it out of her sight.

“The family felt it only fitting that the bear should be put in the coffin with the lady when she finally did pass away,” Lanier explains, “so this is what they did. Several people, including the entire family, witnessed the bear in the coffin when the lid was closed. The same people saw the coffin lowered into the ground.”

After the funeral the granddaughter and an aunt went to the nursing home to collect the remainder of the deceased’s things; this amounted to a small box and couple of shopping bags.

Imagine their distress and consternation when they opened one of the shopping bags only to find grandmother’s favorite teddy bear lying right on top!

“This is very true,” says Lanier. “In fact, I know the family personally and that is how I obtained the bear.”
Lanier says there seemed nothing out of the ordinary about the bear at first, however, the longer it remained in her home the more unusual its behavior became.

“It’s another one of those ‘get around’ bears,” Lanier laughs. “I’d put it in one place with the other bears and go to bed and in the morning I’d find it laying in the middle of the hallway, or worse, inside a room I never use and hadn’t been inside of in weeks!”

Lanier concluded that the bear didn’t like company and that it hated to be confined. Eventually, it made it’s own way to a windowsill overlooking the backyard. “And that’s where I left it!” she laughs. “If it wants extra room and a view, it can have it!”

By way of explanation, Lanier ventures this: “I firmly believe that what begins as a base energy in the teddy bear – just the combination of its history and reputation gives it that – produces a reaction and connection with its owner. It’s likely that discarnate spirits – human and otherwise – are attracted to this energy and begin to feed off of it. These spirits find more energy connected with the child or person keeping the teddy bear and discovering this, they aren’t inclined to leave.”

Some of Lanier’s most troubling experiences stem from her investigation of teddy bears she has collected in the post-Katrina morass. Although her work with them continues, she says, “There is such a sad and depressing energy about all these toys. Not only were they abandoned and cut off from the love and connection they had, they have been thrown onto garbage heaps and, literally, bulldozed away.”

Lanier has managed to save several examples of old and new bears from the trash heaps of New Orleans, but as her work with them continues she admits that she can only take these creatures in “small doses” to avoid being overcome by the horrible feelings emanating from them.

Protective bears, angry bears, playful bears, old bears, new bears – what follows is a random sampling of some of Lanier’s investigation test subjects.

IS the Teddy Bear the most haunted toy ever? Read on and judge for yourself!


Why is a bear usually one of a child's first stuffed toys? And why are toy bears called "Teddy?" Look no further than our nation's twenty-sixth president, Theodore Roosevelt. The most common explanation for the rise of the "teddy bear" begins in November 1902, when Roosevelt visited the southern United States to help settle a border dispute between Mississippi and Louisiana. While on the trip, Roosevelt went bear hunting, but had little luck. Others in his party did find a bear, which, cornered near a water hole, fought with and killed one of the group's hunting dogs. When Roosevelt saw what had happened, he ordered his men to humanely put the wounded bear out of its misery.The incident caused Clifford K Berryman to draw a cartoon titled “Drawing The Line in Mississippi” which linked the incident to the political dispute that had taken President Roosevelt to Mississippi in the first place. The cartoon appeared in the Washington Post on the 16th November 1902

The cartoon drew immediate attention. In Brooklyn, NY, shopkeeper Morris Michtom displayed 2 toy bears in the window of his Stationary and Novelty store. The bears had been made by his wife Rose Michtom from black plush stuffed excelsior and finished with black button eyes.

This rendition is of the Berryman cartoon as it appeared in The Washington Post.

Michtom soon recognized the immediate popularity of the new toy. He requested and received permission from President Roosevelt personally to call them Teddy's Bears.

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Teddy Bear Chronology,
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Where it all started...


Teddy Bear History
"I don't think my name is likely to be worth much in the toy bear business, but you are welcome to use it." ~ Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt, 1903

Teddy Bear History: The story begins in Germany, in late October 1902, where Richard Steiff, a toy designer working for the family firm in Giengen, visited the USA in search of ideas for new toys and went to see a touring American circus . Among the performing animals he saw there was a troupe of bears. They sparked off his ideas and he saw the possibility of making a bear toy jointed in a similiar way to the dolls that they produced. He put his thoughts down on paper for his aunt, Margarete Steiff, who had founded the firm in 1880. She liked the idea and Richard set to work on visiting zoo’s to sketch the bears. http://www.cymruted.com/html/started.html


I used to love going to yard sales. One particular summer it seemed like there were at least five or six every Saturday and my sister-in-law would drag our kids around digging through other people’s unwanted things hoping to find treasures.

On one such trip I found a darling little black teddy bear. It was old, obviously, because it was well worn. It was made of chenille and had black buttons for eyes. When I picked it up I was surprised to find that it was a “beanie” or was at least filled with the same material as the popular stuffed collectibles.

I turned to the woman running the sale and said, “You can’t be selling this?” To which she replied, “Oh, yes, he’s for sale. He used to be my son’s, but I had him for years. He’s very old, probably early 1900’s.” Looking over the bear, I could believe it, and I paid the ungodly price of $3 for this little bit of history.

When I got it home, I cleaned it up a little and sat it on my bed among some other stuffed animals I had there. Later, I went back to my room to take a short nap. I pushed the animals aside, though the little black bear was close to my arm and at some point I must have put my hand on it.

I guess I dozed off quickly because when I woke up it was getting dark outside and I felt as if someone were tugging at me to wake up. Out of the corner of my eye I could see the little black bear moving. It looked as if someone was tugging it, but there was NO ONE in the room with me. Unseen hands were pulling the bear away from me. Instinctively, I grasped the bear and held it tightly, still amazed to find that something was tugging against me.

I sat up and put the table lamp on. The bear fell to the floor – I might have knocked it, or my unseen opponent might have pulled it down. Either way, I was convinced that if this particular little bear was going to be in my home, he wasn’t going to sit on my bed!

Perhaps the ghost of a previous owner hadn’t liked that the bear was sold in a yard sale? Who knows? I just know, if anyone from the “other side” misses it, they can visit it in my china closet from now on!

The lyrics of Teddy Bear by Elvis Presley
(words & music by mann-low) ©1956

Teddy Bear / Loving You
(US) RCA 47-7000 (45) 20-7000 (78)
Released: June 1957
* Recorded: Paramount Studios, Hollywood, January 18, 1957
** Recorded: Radio Recorders, Hollywood, February 24, 1957


Baby let me be,
Your lovin' Teddy Bear
Put a chain around my neck,
And lead me anywhere
Oh let me be
Your teddy bear.

I don't wanna be a tiger
Cause tigers play too rough
I don't wanna be a lion
'Cause lions ain't the kind
You love enough.
Just wanna be, your Teddy Bear
Put a chain around my neck
And lead me anywhere
Oh let me be
Your teddy bear.

Baby let me be, around you every night
Run your fingers through my hair,
And cuddle me real tight

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Teddy Bears Picnic Lyrics...
written in 1907 by John Bratton of the USA

If you go down to the woods today
You're sure of a big surprise
If you go down to the woods today
You'd better go in disguise.

For every bear that ever there was
Will gather there for certain, because
Today's the day the Teddy Bears have their picnic.

Every Teddy Bear who's been good
Is sure of a treat today.
There's lots of marvelous things to eat
And wonderful games to play.

Beneath the trees where nobody sees
They'll hide and seek as long as they please
'Cause that's the way the Teddy Bears have their picnic.

If you go down to the woods today
You'd better not go alone
It's lovely down in the woods today
But safer to stay at home.

For every bear that ever there was
Will gather there for certain, because
Today's the day the Teddy Bears have their picnic.

Picnic time for Teddy Bears
The little Teddy Bears are having a lovely time today
Watch them, catch them unawares
And see them picnic on their holiday.

See them gaily gad about
They love to play and shout;
They never have any care;

At six o'clock their Mummies and Daddies,
Will take them home to bed,
Because they're tired little Teddy Bears.

Lyrics to the music The Teddy Bears' Picnic
written by 1933 by Jimmy Kennedy of Ireland

Music - The Teddy Bears’ Picnic
written in 1907 by John Bratton of the USA

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Learning about real ghosts and ghost hunting at the Haunted University

So you want an education in Paraosycology? So is there such a higher school of learning for would be ghost hunters? In reality, no accredited American college or university offers a formal parapsychology degree at this time. There is of course lots of funding for such a course, but because many selective colleges want to distance themselves from paranormal claims made by those within the New Age movement and paranormal field community none exist in America.

The University of Glasgow is one of the world's top universities. The University of Glasgow's Observatory has been looking to the heavens for 250 years. And now they are opening the door to the resarch of ghost and Paranormal studies.

HIGH spirits on campus are more usually associated with student union bars than lecture halls, but one of Scotland's oldest seats of learning is offering classes studying spooks, poltergeists and demonic possession. Glasgow University will start running a course in psychical research next month, which aims to show that supernatural phenomena do occur. --news.scotsman.com

Koestler Parapsychology Unit or KPU is part of the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences at the University of Edinburgh. The noted writer Arthur Koestler and his wife Cynthia provided in their wills for the establishment of an endowed Chair of Parapsychology at a British University. The declared intention was to further objective scientific research into "...the capacity attributed to some individuals to interact with their environment by means other than the recognised sensory and motor channels". Following the Koestlers' deaths in 1983, their trustees advertised the post and in 1984 awarded the Chair to the University of Edinburgh. The successful candidate invited to serve as the first occupant of the Chair was Robert Morris, who held the post from December 1985 until his untimely death in August 2004. However, parapsychology has been part of the University of Edinburgh for longer than this. For over fifteen years prior to the appointment of Professor Morris, the late Dr John Beloff researched and taught parapsychology, with many of his graduate students still active in the field today. The Koestler Unit conducts well-controlled scientific studies into potential psi abilities.


Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research

Presents archival material concerning the study of consciousness-related physical phenomena. The Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research (PEAR) program, which flourished for nearly three decades under the aegis of Princeton University's School of Engineering and Applied Science, has completed its experimental agenda of studying the interaction of human consciousness with sensitive physical devices, systems, and processes, and developing complementary theoretical models to enable better understanding of the role of consciousness in the establishment of physical reality. It has now incorporated its present and future operations into the broader venue of the International Consciousness Research Laboratories (ICRL), a 501(c)(3) organization chartered in the State of New Jersey. In this new locus and era, PEAR plans to expand its archiving, outreach, education, and entrepreneurial activities into broader technical and cultural context, maintaining its heritage of commitment to intellectual rigor and integrity, pragmatic and beneficial relevance of its techniques and insights, and sophistication of its spiritual implications. As described more fully on the ICRL website, PEAR also will continue to provide the scholarly pedestal from which all other ICRL activities will radiate.

Sometime next spring, the Prince-ton Engineering Anomalies Research laboratory (PEAR), a little-known but sometimes-controversial participant in the University’s research community, will clear its shelves and close its door, bringing an end to 27 years of exploring mind-matter interactions in a scientific context.

Located on the ground floor of the E-Quad’s C-wing, the lab seems out of place, with a well-worn couch, wood-paneled walls, and a collection of aging game-like devices on which many of the lab’s trials were performed. When Robert Jahn ’51 *55, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering emeritus, first proposed the lab in the late 1970s, its mission also seemed out of place, or at least out of the mainstream.

PEAR will not enjoy the same fate. International Consciousness Research Laboratories, a not-for-profit group associated with PEAR, supported research in recent years, but with no viable long-term successor and most of the lab’s funding evaporating, Jahn has decided to close the lab, with no regrets. “Without a doubt it has been the most personally stimulating and rewarding intellectual activity I’ve ever been involved in,” he said. “I feel very privileged for having been allowed to take a scholarly walk into this extraordinarily strange garden.”

Remote Perception

This phenomenon has seen considerable attention in recent days under the title of "Remote Viewing", but since it appears to involve all sensory modalities rather than vision alone, PEAR has always used "Remote Perception" as its label. In a typical PEAR experiment, one participant (the "agent") goes to a specified site and describes it on a written transcript, preferably including photographs and/or sketches. Another participant, the "percipient", attempts to perceive the agent's surroundings, and provides another transcript, preferably including a sketch.

Both transcripts are then coded onto a "descriptor" checksheet which attempts to summarize important features of the scene. The checksheets are then scored against each other for their degree of similarity. Because there will be some degree of correspondence between any pair of descriptions, the statistical analysis of the remote perception experiment proceeds by scoring all agent checksheets against all percipient checksheets, regardless of whether they belong to the same trial. The matched scores corresponding to actual trials are then compared to the background of mismatched scores from different trials, which measures the degree of chance correspondence from random scenes, participant prejudices and styles, "Barnum" descriptions (that is, descriptions that apply to almost any scene), and, it is hoped, all other relevant confounding factors. The internal and external programs of the PEAR laboratory have been supported by a number of persons and organizations, among them: Richard Adams, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Fetzer Institute, the Institut für Grenzgebiete der Psychologie und Psychohygiene, the Lifebridge Foundation, the James S. McDonnell Foundation, the Ohrstrom Foundation, Mr. Laurance S. Rockefeller, and the late Mr. Donald Webster, along with various other philanthropic agencies and individuals.

The American Society for Psychical Research (www.aspr.com or call 212-799-5050) has occasionally published new editions of its Courses and Other Study Opportunities in Parapsychology, which lists a wide variety of courses that have been offered in the past (and are hopefully still being offered) for credit in and out of the United States.

Lloyd Auerbach, MS
Director, The Office of Paranormal Investigations

The American Society for Psychical Research personally offer monthly non-credit seminars in the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition, the American Institute of Parapsychology in Florida (www.parapsychologyinstitute.org ) has begun offering a certificate program.

In terms of actual study for a degree in parapsychology, JFK University in Pleasant Hill, CA (www.jfku.edu), which does offer coursework relating to dreams, used to offer a graduate degree in the field (1978-1986). Rosebridge Graduate School of Integrative Psychology, now merged into another school, also used to offer advanced degrees in parapsychology (both schools in Northern California). Unfortunately, there are no such accredited degrees being offered as of right now.

In actuality, nearly all of the parapsychologists in the world do not have a degree in parapsychology and may have backgrounds in almost any science you can think of (though a large number have degrees in psychology and physics). A number of schools offer degrees in psychology, anthropology, or other fields allowing you to do your work with a parapsychological concentration, often under the guidance of a parapsychologist affiliated/on the faculty of the university. Such schools include the University of Virginia, West Georgia College, Antioch University, Saybrook Institute, California Institute of Integral Studies, and the Institute for Transpersonal Psychology. Franklin Pierce College in New Hampshire offers some focus on parapsychology within their undergraduate psychology programs, and the University of Edinburgh in Scotland has a great focus on parapsychology for grad students.

In the United States, Saybrook Institute (www.saybrook.edu) and the Institute for Transpersonal Psychology (www.itp.edu), both in California, are your best bets for graduate school (and offer distance learning options), and Franklin Pierce College (www.fpc.edu) for undergrad.

If you want to get into the field of parapsychology, then go to a good, strong undergraduate university, whether there is a course on parapsychology or not. Get a background in psychology, anthropology, physics or some other social or physical science, but also make sure you take at least introductory level courses in other fields (especially psychology, physics and cultural anthropology) so you are familiar with concepts that might have a direct bearing on parapsychological research and investigation. Learn the ways of science (maybe a philosophy or history of science course), since we have noticed that people get disappointed when entering a course in parapsychology that is as scientifically oriented as they should be (and not just looking at auras or learning to develop one's own psi). A course or two in statistics and psychological research methods couldn't hurt, either.

Then, when looking for a graduate school, you might attempt to work up a master's program that will allow you to do research or investigation in parapsychological topics. If you have no one at your university to guide you (no parapsychologist, or faculty member familiar with the current literature), contact one of the research organizations for suggestions. Also, you never know when things might change for the better, and a new accredited degree program gets underway. The aforementioned organizations will have knowledge of such an event.

As far as the job market in the field goes, realize that such positions are quite limited. There are few research laboratories around, and fewer places that offer funding for field investigations (meaning, next to none). So, you may have to use that background of your in whatever field you've gotten it in to get a post in a university which might be open to your offering courses in parapsychology, and to doing research in this area. Or, you might try writing as a source of income, or lecturing, or running workshops and seminars. I personally do a bit of all of that, with a focus on lecturing to specific audiences such as the college market.

In any event, speak with people at the various organizations, get to know parapsychologists and their work, and be creative.

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PARAPSYCHOLOGY: Departments, Laboratories and Societies

American Society for Psychical Research

Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit

Associazione Italiana Scientifica di Metapsichica

Division of Personality Studies

Exceptional Human Experience Network

Fondazione Biblioteca Bozzano-De Boni

Institut fur Grenzgebiete der Psychologie und Psychohygiene (Istitute for Borderland Psychology and Psychohygiene)

Institut Métapsychique International (International Metapsychic Institute)

Instituto de Psicología Paranormal (Institute of Paranormal Psychology)

International Association for Near-Death Studies

International Society of Life Information Science

International Society for the Study of Subtle Energies and Energy Medicine

Inter Psi: Grupo de Estudo de Semiótica, Interconectividade e Consciência (Inter Psi: A Study Group of Semiotics, Interconnectivity and Consciousness)

Österreichische Gesellschaft für Parapsychologie und Grenzbereiche der Wissenschaften
(Austrian Society for Parapsychology and Border Areas of Science)

Parapsychological Association

Rhine Research Center

Society for Psychical Research

Society for Scientific Exploration

Research Laboratories and Units

Conscious Universe Archival Website for Dean Radin

International Consciousness Research Laboratories

Koestler Parapsychology Unit, University of Edinburgh

Laboratorie de Parapsychologie de Toulouse

Laboratories of Fundamental Research

Perrott-Warrick Research Unit, University of Hertfordshire

Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research


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You should never ghost hunt alone.

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Bring flashlights and plenty of extra batteries with you.

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Montgomery - Tutwiler Hotel

Skagway - Golden North Hotel

Eureka Springs - Crescent Hotel

Flagstaff - Monte Vista Hotel
Douglas - Gadsden Hotel
Phoenix - Hotel San Carlos
Prescott - Hotel Vendome; Hassayampa Inn
Scottsdale - The Hermosa Inn

Carmel-by-the-Sea - La Playa Hotel and Cottages
Coloma - Sierra Nevada House
Coronado - Hotel del Coronado
Grass Valley - Holbrooke Hotel
Groveland - Groveland Hotel
Healdsburg - Madrona Manor
Hollywood - Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel
La Jolla - Grande Colonial Hotel
Long Beach - Queen Mary Hotel
Mendocino - Mendocino Hotel and Garden Suite
Napa - Napa River Inn
San Jose - Hyatt Hotel St. Claire
Mendocino's Sea Rock Inn
San Luis Obispo - Paso Robles Inn
Santa Monica - Georgian Hotel
Ventura - Pierpont Inn

Denver - Brown Palace Hotel
Estes Park - Stanley Hotel

Griswald - Homespun Farm
New London - Lighthouse Inn

St. Augustine - Casa de la Paz
Tampa/St. Petersburg - Don Cesar Beach Resort and Spa

Augusta - The Partridge Inn
Jekyll Island - Jekyll Island Club Hotel

St. Charles - Hotel Baker

Bentonsport - Mason House Inn

New Orleans - 1891 Castle Inn; Hotel Maison de Ville; Le Pavilion; Delta Queen Steamboat
St. Francisville - Myrtles Plantation

Boston - The Omni Parker House
Salem - The Hawthorne Hotel

Marquette - The Landmark Inn

Natchez - Monmouth Plantation

New York
Bolton Landing - The Sagamore
Grand Island - Holiday Inn

North Carolina
Asheville - Grove Park Inn Resort and Spa
Chapel Hill - Carolina Inn

Cincinnati - Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza

Portland - The Heathman Hotel


Bethlehem - Hotel Bethlehem
Gettysburg - Farnsworth House Inn

San Antonio - Menger Hotel
Galvez Hotel - Galveston

Manchester Village - The Equinox

San Juan Islands - Rosario Resort

Washington, DC
Omni Shoreham Hotel; Hay-Adams Hotel; Renaissance Mayflower Hotel

Fond du Lac - Ramada Plaza Hotel
Milwaukee - Pfister Hotel

Casper - Ivy House Inn
Cheyenne - The Plains Hotel
Jackon Hole - The Wort Hotel


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