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Does Religion Influence Help Seeking Tendencies?

cropped-scary-664783.jpgAnne F. Smith and Janette Simmonds looked at religion and help-seeking. Their study examined whether different groups of religion (mainstream, alternative, and no religion) encouraged more or less help-seeking behaviors. The mainstream religions included Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. The alternative religions were defined as Paganism, some forms of Buddhism, Wicca, and New Age spirituality. The no religion group were agnostic, atheist, no religion, and rationalists. Smith and Simmond’s results showed that majority of the participants agreed that religious beliefs should be taken into account. Every religion agreed counseling was beneficial, yet tended to all say they would seek guidance from a personal relationship before seeking professional help.

The mainstream religion group stated that they would seek help from a priestimages-4 more than the other religious groups claimed. The alternative religious group claimed that they would seek help from a psychic more so than the other religious groups said they would. The non-religious group stated that they would seek help from a relative and friend more than the other groups. Why do people tend to find professional help acceptable in society, yet do not choose that as their way of seeking help? Smith and Simmonds state that it is possible that people prefer to working issues out with close friends and relatives and then seek out professionals.

spotlightWhere do individuals of the belief systems stand when it comes to paranormal beliefs? The nonreligious group resulted in having the lowest amount of paranormal belief (Traditional Religious Belief, Psi, Witchcraft, Spiritualism, Extraordinary Life Forms, and Precognition). The mainstream religions had higher belief in traditional religious beliefs. The alternative religions had higher belief in Witchcraft, Psi and Precognition.


Who do you tend to seek help from and does religion or the state of no religion play a role?


Submitted by: Jossalyn DeLeon

Reference: Smith, A. F., & Simmonds, J. G. (2006). Help-seeking and paranormal beliefs in adherents of mainstream religion, alternative religion, and no religion. Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 19, 331-341. 


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The Housing Project Poltergeist in Newark

The Housing Project Poltergeist in Newark

utrecht-578783At his third visit to the Clark’s home, Roll, to his surprise, has a small bottle from an end table fly off the table and hit Dr. Roll on the head. Including a total of 59 psychokinetic incidents, and lasting over nine months, multiple objects were reported to fly around the home when the Clark’s child Ernie was present.

monster-1454286Events included coffee cups falling one by one off of a mug rack, bottles in the bathroom falling and breaking, a cologne bottle flying from the bathroom and into the living room. Witnesses report the cologne bottle turning in mid-air to fly into the living room from the hallway. Police were unable to account for the reports. When confronted by drunks at the front door, wanting to see the boy who had objects fly around him, a crockery lamp from the living room moved and crashed to the floor.

key-96233Ultimately, this case was determined to be fraudulent by Dr. Roll. Many of the events involved conditions where the child, Ernie, could have simply thrown the objects. Ernie was caught smuggling objects out of the house. At one point money was disappearing and reappearing. Events never occurred when Ernie was watched closely. Thus, in this instance, the poltergeist case was debunked.




Roll, W. (1972).The poltergeist. New York, Doubleday.

Submitted by: Brian Laythe

Paranormal Facts: Poltergeist Monday


The Seaford Long Island Disturbances

death-614644_960_720One of William Roll’s first investigations, the Herrmann’s reported that their two children, Lucille and James, reported noises of bottles popping their caps. Holy water uncapped and spilled in the house. A doll was found with its legs broken. Roll was called in to investigate these claims. The first interview with a patrolman reported the same bottle popping phenomena, while the officer was with the entire family.

horror-914404In all, 67 psychokinetic events were recorded, where 40 of the incidents involved the movement of the same 16 objects. A male figurine was thrown twice at a visiting secretary, breaking in the process. 23 separate bottle poppings occurred. Roll himself was present when a bleach bottle popped its top off on its own. At one point, a new coffee table was found turned upside down.


dsc_0065Roll personally investigated the scene for ten days. Engineers and other experts were called in to examine for fraud and magic trickery. The family, horrified, actually spent several days away from the home. To this day neither the police, experts, or Roll himself believe the events were hoaxed.



Roll, W. (1972).The poltergeist. New York, Doubleday.

Submitted By: Brian Laythe