Shadow people………?

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can anyone fully explain to me what they are?
i saw one during sleep paralysis i tryed to avoid it with my eyes but it only began to morph and get straight in my vision range.

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Sirhan

That is offensive. The correct term is African-American.

Wish You Were Here

ANYTHING seen while in the grasp of Sleep Paralysis is part of the sleep paralysis.
Some people see shadow people…
Some people see witches…
Some people see aliens…
Some people see demons…
Some people see animals…
World wide, there is a HUGE history of what people see due to cultural mythology.
To be frank, it was all in your head… Just a part of the massive hallucination that is part of the Sleep Paralysis Disorder.
Sleep Paralysis
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sleep_Paralysis
Symptoms and characteristics:
Physiologically, sleep paralysis is closely related to the paralysis that occurs as a natural part of REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, which is known as REM atonia. Sleep paralysis occurs when the brain awakes from a REM state, but the body paralysis persists. This leaves the person fully conscious, but unable to move. The paralysis can last from several seconds to several minutes “after which the individual may experience panic symptoms and the realization that the distorted perceptions were false”.[5] As the correlation with REM sleep suggests, the paralysis is not entirely complete; use of EOG traces shows that eye movement can be instigated during such episodes.[6] When there is an absence of narcolepsy, sleep paralysis is referred to as isolated sleep paralysis (ISP).[7]
In addition, the paralysis state may be accompanied by terrifying hallucinations (hypnopompic or hypnagogic) and an acute sense of danger.[8] Sleep paralysis is particularly frightening to the individual because of the vividness of such hallucinations.[7] The hallucinatory element to sleep paralysis makes it even more likely that someone will interpret the experience as a dream, since completely fanciful, or dream-like, objects (often described as looking distinctly demonic by those who experience the paralysis)[citation needed] may appear in the room alongside one’s normal vision. Some scientists have proposed this condition as an explanation for alien abductions and ghostly encounters.[9] A study by Susan Blackmore and Marcus Cox (the Blackmore-Cox study) of the University of the West of England supports the suggestion that reports of alien abductions are related to sleep paralysis rather than to temporal lobe lability.[10]
Related phenomena:
Many perceptions associated with sleep paralysis (visceral buzzing, loud sounds, adrenal mental state, presences, and the paralysis itself) also constitute a common phase in the early progression of episodes referred to as out of body experiences.[15][16] Mental focus varies between the two conditions; paralysis sufferers tend to fixate on reestablishing operation of the body, whereas subjects of out-of-body episodes are more occupied by perceived non-equivalence with the body.
In contemporary western culture it is believed that the phenomenon of reported Alien Abduction is caused by sleep paralysis where the hallucination of aliens has been generated by 20th and 21st century Science Fiction [33]
In African culture, isolated sleep paralysis is commonly referred to as “the witch riding your back”.[17][21]
In the Muslim culture of South Asia (Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Indian Muslims), sleep paralysis is considered to be an encounter with evil jinns and demons who have taken over ones body. In northwestern Pakistan, this ghoul is known as ‘bakhtak’ (Urdu: بختک). It is also assumed that it is caused by the black magic performed by enemies and jealous persons. Spells, incantations and curses could also result in ghouls haunting a person. Some homes and places are also haunted by evil ghosts, satanic or other supernatural beings and they could haunt people living there. Sufis, Mullahs, Faqirs or Imams perform exorcism on individuals who are possessed. Talismans and Amulets are worn by people to keep them safe especially the young children. The homes, houses, buildings and grounds are blessed and consecrated by Sufis, Mullahs or Imams by reciting Qur’an and Adhan (Urdu: أَذَان), the Islamic call to prayer, recited by the muezzin.
In Cambodian, Laotian, and Thai culture, sleep paralysis is called phǐǐ am and khmout sukkhot. It is described as an event in which the person is sleeping and dreams that one or more ghostly figures are nearby or even holding him or her down. The sufferer usually thinks that he or she is awake but unable to move or make any noises. This is not to be confused with pee khao and khmout jool, ghost possession.
In Hmong culture, sleep paralysis describes an experience called “dab tsog” or “crushing demon.” Often the sufferer claims to be able to see a tiny figure, no larger than a child, sitting on his or her chest. What is alarming is that a vast number of American Hmong have died in their sleep, prompting the Centers for Disease Control to create the term “Sudden Unexpected Nocturnal Death Syndrome” (see Sudden unexplained death syndrome) or “SUNDS” for short; this is now theorized to be a form of Brugada syndrome.
In Vietnamese culture, sleep paralysis is referred to as “ma đè”, meaning “held down by a ghost” or “bóng đè”, meaning “held down by a shadow”.
In Chinese culture, sleep paralysis is widely known as “鬼壓身/鬼压身” (pinyin: guǐ yā shÄ“n) or “鬼壓床/鬼压床” (pinyin: guǐ yā chuáng), which literally translate into “ghost pressing on body” or “ghost pressing on bed.” A more modern term is “夢魘/梦魇” (pinyin: mèng yÇŽn).
In Japanese culture, sleep paralysis is referred to as kanashibari (金縛り, literally “bound or fastened in metal,” from kane “metal” and shibaru” to bind, to tie, to fasten”). This term is occasionally used by English speaking authors to refer to the phenomenon both in academic papers and in pop psych literature.[22]
In Korean culture, sleep paralysis is called gawee nulim (Hangul: 가위눌림), literally meaning “being pressed down by scissors”. It is often associated with a superstitious belief that a ghost or spirit is laying on top of or pressing down on the sufferer.
In Philippine culture, “bangungut”, or sudden unexplained death syndrome, has traditionally been attributed to nightmares.[23] People who have claimed to survive such nightmares have reported experiencing the symptoms of sleep paralysis.[citation needed]
During the Salem witch trials several people reported nighttime attacks by various alleged witches including Bridget Bishop that may have been the result of sleep paralysis.[24]
In Hungarian folk culture sleep paralysis is called “lidércnyomás” (“lidérc pressing”) and can be attributed to a number of supernatural entities like “lidérc” (wraith), “boszorkány” (witch), “tündér” (fairy) or “ördögszeretÅ‘” (demon lover).[25] The word “boszorkány” itself stems from the Turkish root “bas-“, meaning “to press”.[26]
In Iceland folk culture sleep paralysis is generally called having a “Mara”. A goblin or a succubus (since it is generally female) believed to cause nightmares (the origin of the word ‘Nightmare’ itself is derived from her name). Other European cultures share variants of the same folklore, calling her under different names; Proto-Germanic: marōn; Old English: mære; German: Mahr; Dutch: nachtmerrie; Icelandic, Old Norse, Faroese, and Swedish: mara; Danish: mare; Norwegian: mare; Old Irish: morrigain; Slovene: môra; Bulgarian, Serbian, Polish: mora; French: cauchemar; Romanian: moroi; Czech: můra. The origin of the belief itself is much older and goes back to the reconstructed Proto Indo-European root mora-, an incubus, from the root mer- “to rub away” or “to harm”.
In Malta, folk culture attributes a sleep paralysis incident to an attack by the “Haddiela” who is the wife of the “Hares”, the entity in Maltese folk culture which haunts the individual in similar ways as to those of a poltergeist. As believed in folk culture, to rid oneself of the Haddiela, one must place a piece of silverware or a knife under the pillow prior to sleep.
In New Guinea, people refer to this phenomenon as “Suk Ninmyo”, believed to originate from sacred trees that use human essence to sustain its life. The trees are said to feed on human essence during night as to not disturb the human’s daily life, but sometimes people wake unnaturally during the feeding, resulting in the paralysis.
In Turkish culture, sleep paralysis is often referred to as “karabasan” (“The dark presser/assailer”). It is believed to be a creature which attacks people in their sleep, pressing on their chest and stealing their breath.
In Mexico, it is believed that this is caused by the spirit of a dead person. This ghost lies down upon the body of the sleeper, rendering him unable to move. People refers to this as “Subirse el Muerto” (Dead Person on you).
In many parts of the Southern United States, the phenomenon is known as a “hag”, and the event is said to often be a sign of an approaching tragedy or accident.
Ogun Oru is a traditional explanation for nocturnal disturbances among the Yoruba of Southwest Nigeria; ogun oru (nocturnal warfare) involves an acute night-time disturbance that is culturally attributed to demonic infiltration of the body and psyche during dreaming. Ogun oru is characterized by its occurrence, a female preponderance, the perception of an underlying feud between the sufferer’s earthly spouse and a ‘spiritual’ spouse, and the event of bewitchment through eating while dreaming. The condition is believed to be treatable through Christian prayers or elaborate traditional rituals designed to exorcise the im

nobodys home

i have seen one when i fisrt woke up one time it was standing on the side of my bed looking at the calendar I think there some type of spirit or ghost

sirius_lokian

Funny thing about shadows…..something is usually casting them. In this case, intruders. I highly suggest sleeping with a .38….even if you never catch them, at least you can have the good graces to take yourself out before the schizophrenia really sets in.

JetDevon

i got that once and it was the grim reaper another time…it was darth vader!!!

Anglophile Loves Greek Mythology

I’ve seen one at the top of my staircase before I went to bed a few times and I was seeing it straight on, not out of the corner of my eyes. There was nothing in the room shaped like that and I wasn’t on any medication or diagnosed with any mental disturbance. There are several theories as to what exactly they are.
Paranormal
Explanations for shadow people have been drawn from the fields of parapsychology, metaphysics, cryptozoology, demonology, religion, and the occult:
* A creature/s in an alternate reality whose dimension occasionally overlaps with ours, allowing it to be partially visible.
* A Manifest Thoughtform (egregore), ghost or demon created by negative psychic energy and related to a places or event in which extreme emotional or physical stress/trauma has taken place.
* A creature in some way linked to Grey and Reptilian aliens
* An unattended shadow or shade (mythology), said in some cultures, to be similar to that of a ghost, a flicker of a life unable to end for some reason.
Scientific
Several non-paranormal hypothesis for the phenomena of shadow people exist, including optical illusions or hallucinations brought on by the physiological/psychological circumstances of the witnesses.
Pareidolia
In most instances, witnesses report seeing shadow people in the peripheral areas of their vision. This areas of vision is linked to the areas of the brain that recognizes patterns, however it provides less detail to the brain than macular (center-forward) vision. This can lead to a condition know as pareidolia, in which the brain incorrectly interprets random patterns of light/shadow or texture as being familiar patterns such as faces and human forms.
The same condition can also be observed in macular vision in low light conditions, or when viewing a complex but random image. A common example would be perceiving a shadow, thrown by an item of furniture in a darkened room, as being a person.
Hypnogogia
Also known as waking-sleep, hypnogogia is a documented physiological condition in which a person is part-way between sleeping and waking. During hypnogogia, a person can be conscious and aware of their environment, but also in a dream-like state where they can perceive images from their subconscious. People experiencing waking-sleep commonly report the sensation of lights or shadows moving around them, as well as other visual hallucinations. A feeling of dread is also a sensation that occurs when experiencing hypnogogia. Hypnogogia is sometimes known as ‘the faces in the dark phenomenon’ because sufferers commonly report seeing faces while experiencing waking-sleep. Similar hypothesis have been put forward linking this condition to a number of other apparent paranormal experiences, including alien abductions and paranormal nocturnal visitations.
Chemical Agents
The use of narcotics and psychotropic agents, including methamphetamine and LSD, can produce shadow person-like hallucinations. Dopaminergic drugs such as pramipexole can sometimes cause these hallucinations. Common over-the-counter medication can also have a similar effect if taken in sufficient quantity
Electromagnetic Fields
Under the right conditions, electromagnetic fields can interfere with the functions of the temporal lobe; creating altered states of perception in which auditory and visual hallucinations can occur.
Using electromagnetic fields, researches have been able to recreate many of the experiences reported during paranormal encounters under laboratory conditions, including those of shadow people. Researchers have also documented correlations between variances in naturally-occurring magnetic fields and areas where paranormal events have been reported.
Neurological conditions
Certain neurological conditions, such as photosensitive complex partial seizures, have also been shown to cause sufferers to see shadow people.
Time Travelers
In the future they may have made time machines, but they may not have worked out all the kinks, so we only see the time travelers as a shadow.
Aliens
They may be aliens who have chosen to reveal themselves to you for some reason.

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