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To Provoke or Not to Provoke

Updated on June 18, 2013

Obviously for anyone who has read any of my writings on here, you know I am talking about the paranormal after all it is my favorite subject and never ceases to amaze me. Just a quick side note, a little irritant that I have noticed, why do people who think the paranormal is totally whacked out bother to read the hubs then leave their uninformed comments? Sorry that was just irritating me so I am throwing that out there, maybe someone can answer that for me.

On to the provoking or no provoking, so what do you believe? Should you provoke spirits when you are out there investigating? Does it get you better results or does it put you at greater risk? Some believe that this is the only way to get results, but I think it depends totally on the situation. If you are sure you are dealing with an intelligent spirit and it is giving you the run-around (funny to think of it like that) does provoking improve the possible results or does it hinder them, maybe piss the spirit off and it just leaves.

Or provoking could lead to an attack which if you have ever had this happen you know is scary as hell. It is very possible for an investigator to be under attack by a spirit, sudden urges or thoughts of harming yourself or others, feelings of despondency. A spirit can cause abnormal personalities to appear in an investigator who is provoking and should be watched for by others in the group. Not only can the spirit attack, it can follow you home and make your life and that of your family a nightmare. So that is a total con to the provoking of spirits.

Now for the sunnier side of provoking, it can get you some great results, but provoking should not be your standard style of investigating. You are most likely not on a TV show trying to impress your audience to watch your show, every TV show I have seen about investigating all have different styles and seem to get good results no matter the style.

Provoking is a personal choice for most investigators and if you have done enough investigations that you get a “feel” as to whether or not it should be used, then by all means be like Nike and Just Do It. I know that the more investigations you go on the more you will have a sense of what kind of communication style is best for the situation.

I know my style is based on where and when, one time in particular a few years ago, I was walking through this building and just asking random questions. I had asked for a sign of someone’s presence and used my stern “Mom” voice and got nothing. So on I went to other rooms; I kept feeling a slight poke to my right shoulder and stopped after about the fourth time and said aloud, “You know that is really f-ing rude to keep poking me in the shoulder.” The recorder picked up a clear class A, “Sorry,” which was totally cool.

My little group and I had several other great experiences and were able to pick up some excellent answers to questions that were relevant. I did not use provoking to get any results on that case but was still able to get good results, so I think it is up to each individual how they investigate. I know if I have been provoking that I clearly state they are not to follow me home and so far have not really had anything do so. So what do you think personal style or provoking as a necessity? I would be very interested to see what everyone thinks. Blessed Be!


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      Devendra 3 years ago

      I appreciate your kind and genuroes advice a lot!. I have been trying it hardly and did not get those amazing results!. It is nice to see that you got my comment in a good way!God bless you!VA:F [1.9.10_1130]please wait VA:F [1.9.10_1130](from 0 votes)

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      Lizabeth 3 years ago

      If you're reading this, you're all set, panrred!

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      JesadaB 6 years ago from Home!

      See I think it is different when you suspect you know who it is the provoking would make more sense to me then lol. I to have done that and had good results. Awesome comment, thanks!

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      Thomas Byers 6 years ago from East Coast , United States

      We have got some very interesting voice evp's while provoking. If I suspect who a spirit used to be I do try to provoke them into answering me and I have been able to record some amazing things. For instance in one location where I suspected I knew who the spirit ( ghost ) was supposed to be I kept talking to him by name and asking if he was indeed there and to my surprise twice on our digital recorder we got the distinct voice of a old man saying " Oh Lord Please Help Me " At other locations we have had items knocked over and thrown at us by attempting to provoke the ghost there. But be careful with what you do.