Phenomena Classifications

Phenomena Classifications

A Lesson by Clif

Paranology is the study of the paranormal. There are multiple different paranologies including; ghostology, ufology, cryptozoology and parapsychology.


Seven Unexplained Phenomena Classifications:


Phenomena can fall into different classifications for paranormal and supernatural events.


I. Spiritual Paranormal; 

ghosts, hauntings, reincarnation, 

near death, out of body experiences.


II. Extraterrestrial Paranormal; ufology, 

UFOs, aliens, alien abductions,

crop circles, Men in Black, cattle mutilations,

ancient alien theory, government conspiracy.


III. Cryptid Creatures; 

Bigfoot, lake monsters, The Jersey Devil, Mothman, thunderbirds.  


IV. Psychic Phenomena; 

ESP, clairvoyance, telepathy,  mediumship, psychokinesis,  poltergeist.


V. Luminous Phenomena;

Earth lights, ball lightning,

St. Elmos Fire, swamp gas illuminations, orbs, 

Will o the wisp. bioluminescence, Paulding Light. 


VI. Gothic, Mythical Monsters; 

vampires, werewolves, dragons, gargoyles.


VII. Advanced Paranology;

Theoretical Science ;  other dimensions, parallel universes, wormholes, triangles,

ultraterrestrial beings.


The difference between paranormal and supernatural and phenomena:

Paranormal is something unknown to science, but maybe explained in the future, like UFOs and  Bigfoot.

Supernatural is beyond all understanding of science and may never be explained, like ghosts. They go against the laws of nature.

Phenomena is an event observed in nature.

I think of supernatural as being a subset of the paranormal.

        Some examples of paranormal verses supernatural are:

mythical monsters can be supernatural, but not necessarily paranormal.

But if a person in the modern age reports seeing or believes in the existence of vampires or werewolves, they could be considered to be paranormal, if there are investigators searching for evidence of their existence. It doesn’t mean they are real. It is just the possibility that the sightings could have some basis in reality.

        Spirits and ghosts are considered to be both paranormal and supernatural.

Psychic phenomena is also considered to be paranormal as well as supernatural.

UFOs and aliens are paranormal, but not supernatural by default.

Except in the case in alien abductions where it is reported that E.T beings can communicate with their captures telepathically. In this case an alien would be exhibiting a supernatural ability, for that particular report.

Cryptid creatures like Bigfoot are also considered paranormal and not supernatural. But there are reports of the Yeti, which is a kind of Bigfoot, that a Yeti could disappear into thin air. Again this would be considered a supernatural occurrence, only for that specific creature.

 There are different paranologies, that are sciences and studies of the paranormal. And there are many people that engage in the multiple specialties within the realm of paranology:


     Ghostology; is the study of ghosts and spirits.

A ghostologist is not necessarily the same as a ghost hunter.

A ghostologist would be someone studies and researches spirits.

A ghost hunter would be a field investigator who goes out to haunted places and tries to find evidence of spiritual paranormal activity.


       Parapsychology; is the study of the paranormal and psychic phenomena. A parapsychologist is a scientist that researches spiritual events as well as telepathy, reincarnation and other related phenomena.


       Ufology; is the research of unidentified flying objects.

Ufologists are the people who investigate aerial phenomena.


       Cryptozoology; is the search for  hidden animals.

Crytozoologists are the investigators into reports of creatures that have not been proven to exist by science.

Also animals that are thought to have been extinct.

Sasqualogist, Bigfooters who search for Sasquatch. 

A cryptozoologic photographer could spend their whole life trying to get one picture of a cryptic.


       A paranologist would be someone that delves into multiple different forms of the paranormal. They can be a part time ghostologist, ufologist and sasqualogist. Like a paranormal generalist. Other investigators are more specialized in their particular field of research.

A paranormalist; is a person who is either interested in or has studied  the paranormal, or is involved with the occult, or has psychic abilities.

A paraThoerist, or paranormal theorist is a person that comes up with theories about the origins of certain para-entities.


      The term paranormal, I use a more broader definition of the word, which includes other types of phenomena, like UFO's and legendary monsters as well as spirits. When the term paranormal is used to describe only ghost investigations, that is a more narrow definition of the word. When a ghost hunter says they are looking for evidence of "paranormal activity", they usually mean hauntings only. Not alien beings or cryptics. I would call what they are searching for is "para-spiritual activity". The term "paranormal activity" could also include mysterious creatures, extraterrestrials, even psychic abilities, as well as ghosts. 



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