The article explains the concept of the sixth sense and reasons as to its existence. A number of reasons and explanations are given in attempts to shed light on the sixth sense phenomena. Ordinarily, the sixth sense is felt as a third person often having an effect on the person. In some cases, it stares at the person while in others it speaks to the person. This feeling often could be eternal and within or external. In general, people tend to associate the sixth feeling to spirits, luck, witchcraft and psychic powers, among others. It is assumed that the sixth sense occasions a rather forceful feeling that convinces an individual to behave in a certain manner and arrive at certain decisions. In other cases, the sixth sense leads to de javu feeling which in the real sense feelings of familiarity common in pattern finders. This condition known as apophenia often causes an unconscious patter of recognition where the person keeps spotting patterns in occurrences. Some people have taken to the extreme and are able to sense danger from the onset. In those cases, they often find themselves in odd coincidences and then later entertain unconventional explanations for their occurrence.
The extreme cases have reached points of near death experience, NDE, which occurs when they temporarily leave their bodies. Some of the illustrative cases have been picked from confessions from people who claim to have heard and witnessed events that took place during their resuscitation when they were in scientific descriptions clinically dead. It is observed that cases of near death experience are common in patients with cardiac malfunctions. However, the near death experience can also be attributed to cases of trauma, depression, fear of uncertainties, abuses, among other situations.
In connection to the near death experience, is the less common out of body experience where persons confess to have felt like they left their bodies and were up as spirits as they watched their lifeless bodies. A good example confirming the out of body experience perhaps is best captured in the trial of the deaths of Harry and Nicola Fuller. In this cases, Harry supposedly appeared in a game played by four jury members and informed them that he had actually been murdered by the accused. After the trial judge upholding the holding by the initial jury, a new jury relying purely on evidence equally held the accused to be guilty hence confirming the truthfulness of the initial jury.
In general a larger majority of Americans believe in spirits. They believe that spirits do return while haunting houses do exist. This confirms people’s reliance in the sixth sense. People often tend to believe that doing bad would be returned with occurrence of negative actions on the person. For that reason, others prefer to limit their behavior to doing only what is right. The ghost believes have equally been followed with paranormal encounters. Paranormal feelings, however, were connected with mere human creations hence the mind occasioning hallucinations. Paranormal feelers were associated with cases of high absorption rates, low behavioral inhibitions, susceptibility to false memory, among others. In addition, it has been observed that lack of control had the effect of leading others to believing in superstition and seeing mere coincidences as conspiracy. Paranormal feelings could be exceeded by cases of fear and loneliness. In fact, this article observes that paranormal incidences were common for bereaved parties. These were common for cases where the bereaved had not fully let go the dead ones.
In conclusion, the article convincingly argues that the sixth sense has different implications for different persons. In some cases, it can be discarded as mere fear and anxiety while in other cases reason exists to believe in the sixth sense.
Hutson, M. (2012, July 3). Your Sixth Sense Perhaps. Psychology Today, p. 5.
Nevid, J. S. (2008). Psychology: Concepts and Applications. New York: Cengage Learning.