One philosophical idea is that humans are naive dualists - naturally believing that our physical being is separate from consciousness. This view allows people to entertain the idea of a mind that can survive separate from the body.
The experience of hallucinations is very common.
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A ghost is seen as a bodyless soul or spirit of a dead person or animal.
As unlikely as it may seem, ghosts and hauntings are a mainstream area of belief. Studies in the UK and the USA show that between 30% and 50% of the population believe in ghosts. Belief in ghosts appears to be global. Since ghosts are contrary to nature's laws as we understand them, it calls for an explanation.
Macbeth was first performed on stage in the year 1606. It is a play in which Shakespeare wished to get inside the skin of a murderer showing us the psychological effects of committing such crimes as Macbeth and the other characters (specially Lady Macbeth). However, as interesting as the subject of the mind of a murderer is, I find the witches to be equally intriguing on their own.
Sleep paralysis is a neurological phenomenon in which a person awakens from sleep but is temporarily paralyzed.
The episode may last a few seconds to minutes and is accompanied by the strangest hallucinations. It can feel terrifying.
Superstition can be described as the belief in supernatural forces, such as fate, to describe unpredictable factors. Psychologists found that superstition comes from the assumption that a connection exists between non-related events that coincide.
Individual beliefs and experiences drive superstitions, explaining why they are generally irrational.
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