Tales from the Testkeepers - TestYourself.psychtests.com Releases Results Of Their Paranormal Research
TestYourself shines a flashlight in dark corners, digging deep to unearth people's fears and beliefs about the paranormal.
MONTREAL, CANADA (MARKETWIRE) -- October 30, 2011
Researchers at TestYourself.psychtests.com, a pioneer in online personality, career, and IQ assessments, have armed themselves with garlic, silver bullets, and charms, and have delved deep into the mysterious world of the paranormal. Collecting data from over 22,000 people, their research reveals that some paranormal beliefs still spook some of us, even in today's technologically and scientifically-advanced world.
There is no denying it - people love to be terrified. Nothing ignites our curiosity like the unknown, and nothing excites us more than entertaining beliefs of dark creatures who go bump in the night. That's why we peak through splayed fingers when watching horror movies. That's why we inconspicuously peak over our shoulder or take a second look at that shadow in the corner after laughing off a friend's attempt to scare us with a scary story. And that's why Halloween still holds a sense of wonder, even after we've outgrown the desire to dress up and solicit sweet treasures from strangers. As Anthony Hopkins, who played the terrifying and memorable role of Hannibal Lector put it, "We are fascinated by the darkness in ourselves, we are fascinated by the shadow, we are fascinated by the boogeyman."
Most people may raise an eyebrow at talk of the paranormal, but skepticism doesn't always stop them from instinctively knocking on wood to ward off some evil, or cringing at the thought of 7 years of bad luck after breaking a mirror. In fact, 18% of TestYourself's test-takers admitted that superstitions impact their actions at least to some degree … like skirting around ladders or refusing a hotel room that's numbered 13. And in the true spirit of Halloween, 9% of test-takers dread the idea of having a black cat cross their path, and a whopping 63% believe in ghosts, sprits, and poltergeists. Moreover, with the recent upsurge of movies and TV shows romanticizing the supernatural, witches too still hold a sense of awe, respect, and perhaps a little fear for 42% of TestYourself's test-takers.
"The fact that Halloween still sends an occasional shiver down our spine is because there are still some phenomena that we can't fully explain," explains Dr. Ilona Jerabek, president of the company. "The fact that 23% of our test-takers are positive that they had a paranormal experience in their life tells us that we can't immediately write the paranormal off so easily. Does it mean that spirits or other entities are real? It may be extremely unlikely and we might find such beliefs ridiculous, but the truth is, we cannot rule it out with 100% certainty. But I think the idea that they might be real is a thought that people like to entertain. Who doesn't love a good mystery?"
So what are some of the unexplained, spooky phenomena that still make us want to pull a blanket over our head and call our mommies? TestYourself's data reveals that:
Those wishing to dig up and bring their personal paranormal beliefs to the light can take TestYourself's test at http://testyourself.psychtests.com/testid/2115
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