Do little children see ghosts?

Lithuania
August 17, 2009 2:17pm CST
I don't take these stories serious, but my niece told me this about her 2-year-old son.They were watching TV in the evening when he son stopped playing and went to the bedroom.He stood there and watched something.She asked what he was looking at.The child said there's a "boy".My niece didn't believed him because the lights in the room were switched off.But he kept pointing at something in there.She didn't see anything with lights on and off.She wonders if her son needs a psychologist.I told her it's his fantasies and thought for myself:What if little children really are able to see ghosts?
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@Fortunata (1136)
• United States
18 Aug 09
I used to see them all the time when I was a kid. I don't now. I don't think it means the boy is crazy, lol. He's only two, and that needs to be taken into consideration. Some toddlers had wild imaginations.
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• Lithuania
1 Sep 09
When we grow up, we lose this imagination.It would nice to see an adult experiencing things like these.
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@Margajoe (4718)
• Germany
8 Sep 09
When an adult experiences things like this, they have to be careful who they tell. You might get put away if you are not careful. How do you prove you saw a real ghost or spirit? hahaha! Not an easy thing to do.
@manunulat (605)
• Philippines
18 Aug 09
Since you gave the age of the child, it is normal to this age that they will have magical thinking. This is Erik Erikson's concept on stages on development. From what I've learned, if the child is sick and mentions about the imagined friend, the caregiver should acknowledge its presence as it may communicate the present condition of the child. There is no need to seek for a psychologist as this behavior will diminish in latter stages. Yet, isn't it that adults too are also having self-talks when they are depressed or in stress? This is a form of defense mechanism.
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• Lithuania
1 Sep 09
I'm not familiar with this concept.Interesting,thanks for sharing.
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@Margajoe (4718)
• Germany
8 Sep 09
Very interesting. Stages on development. Makes sense to me.
@savypat (20245)
• United States
17 Aug 09
I think children often see things the rest of us don't, after all they have never been told that they can't or to be afraid.
• Lithuania
17 Aug 09
True.I've noticed I wasn't scared of spiders until someone told me they're dangerous.I used to take them in my hand!Now I scream seeing them.The same happens with ghosts,I guess.
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@zed_k4 (17624)
• Singapore
13 Oct 09
Babies too. I think babies have a tendency to see more, and it's more worst because they can't speak and tell. And they would cry and cry..
@VANILLAREY (1473)
• India
18 Aug 09
Sometimes we see images of people. It used to happen more often when I was a child. I would see a man walk by, I even saw a egg man like Humpty Dumpty. It used to happen when I suddenly moved my head around. Its just a trick our eyes play. Its a sort of illusion. There was a pic which my cousin sent me. It was a black and white meaningless image. You had to stare at the image for sometime, then close your eyes. And you would see an image of a man with a beard similar to Jesus. I don't think there is anything wrong with the child. If children were able to see ghosts then each one of us would have seen one. Don't forget a childs eye is the same as any other person. They don't have any supernatural powers. There was even a stupid movie where babies spoke to each other in their own language. boooring.
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• Lithuania
1 Sep 09
@kelly10 (678)
17 Aug 09
They say that young children are able to see ghosts because they are inocent and don't know to be scared of it as they haven't been told about it. It is only as they grow older that they may stop having these kind of experiences. Another school of thought it that the younger the child the closer they are to the spirit world because they have only just left it. It's meant to be the same with the elderly, they are nearing the time that they join the spirit world so see and experience more things. I do believe in things like this as I saw ghosts as a child but I did not lose this ability as I grew up.
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• Lithuania
17 Aug 09
Exactly.They are closer to the spirit world.Some adults return to the previous state through spiritual studies and meditations.
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@kelly10 (678)
17 Aug 09
Well I've not done any type of studies or meditation I just never lost the ability to have contact with the spirit world. I'm not someone who would sit down and meditate anyway. Why it stays with some and not others I've never understood but I've often wondered about that. Does anyone know why it stays wsith some and not others?
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• Lithuania
17 Aug 09
I consider this a gift,can't find any other explanation.
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• United States
1 Sep 09
Why do you think children are so afraid of the dark? Because their brains are on a way different wave length than our brains. I remember a lot of experiences from when I was a child. I used to hear voices... Once one of my stuffed animals came to life and said that if i didnt be quiet it would kill my mom... it had been in my closet and i NEVER liked that toy. My mom said it was a nightmare but I was wide awake and walking through my room to the bathroom... SO how could i imagine that? I used to see hands pull my blankets... Very creepy stuff
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• Lithuania
1 Sep 09
I've heard that some sounds are heard only by children and adults can't hear them.Then maybe some images or creatures also can be seen only by them? Creepy.
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@zed_k4 (17624)
• Singapore
13 Oct 09
You used to see hands pulling your blankets? Man........that's really something!
@browneyed (2526)
• United Kingdom
22 Aug 09
I think children do see things, especially babies. My niece who is just under 2 months old tends to stare at the ceiling when, to me, there's nothing there. There's nothing particularly bright or moving that I can see for her to focus on, but she does stare. She'll also look behind your shoulder and hold the look for more than a few seconds like she's really looking at something. So, yeah, I think babies see things, but I think it makes sense. Just as, I believe, the elderly are the closest living beings to the afterlife, it makes sense that babies are the closest to the other side of the same coin: the pre-life.
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@browneyed (2526)
• United Kingdom
22 Aug 09
In the case of your niece's son, I really don't think he needs a psychologist. There are so many things we don't know about and just because we don't know (or don't see) doesn't mean it doesn't exist. For years we thought the world was flat.
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• Lithuania
1 Sep 09
Yes, the world was flat(my God people really believed it!),and now we have space traveling coming.Incredible.This world is still a secret.
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@Margajoe (4718)
• Germany
8 Sep 09
Well yes, in those days they never heard of gravity. To think we are all living on a round ball would be a scary thought. Though when I was 11/12, I had one teacher who claimed to be in a club that says the world is flat. There were still people trying to explain that the earth had to be flat. I wonder if there are still people who believe this?
@ferdzNK (3214)
• Philippines
22 Aug 09
I have a friend who is very sensitive to these things. At one time we even hunt for these sort of things, me finding none but he did. I believe in the same manner kids are more a tune to these things than others. I can't remember an incident my kids have gone through these except for my youngest who at one time is afraid to go into the bathroom because she told us that she is seeing and pointing to us a chicken, for some reason and I don't know why she frighten at the sight of chicken, their feet in particular and even birds. I'm more of the type that need to see one first. Its maybe that or we are at the wrong place and time. But if ever we would encounter one I would take what one of your responder has suggested - to treat it a calm and positive way.
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• Lithuania
1 Sep 09
Yes,I think we often start worrying for no reason like my niece did.Now he's playing with imaginary (or real boy ghost) sometimes.But when I visit him I see a happy child.
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@Margajoe (4718)
• Germany
8 Sep 09
That is the important thing, that the child is happy and healthy. Nothing to worry about.
@Gemstar6 (71)
• New Zealand
17 Aug 09
When I was a child I had a vivid experience. I was about 5 yrs old and staying at my fathers house. My bed was under where the roof slopes to the floor and Dad and his wife slept at the other end of the large room. A very cold and little palm and fingers - about the size of a childs hand I'm sure - pressed on my cheek in the dark. I spoke out and asked Dad what it was but they heard me and they were both in bed at the other end of the room and the cold little hand disappeared. Another time was very weird. I was about 7 and I got out of bed - I think I was sleep-walking - and I followed a pale figure into the lounge. It was beckoning to me and very compelling. I thought I had a toy in my hand and that I dropped it. But when I bent down to pick it up all that happened was that I was scrabbling on the carpet. At this point I became fully awake and looked up to see that the figure was still there, still beckoning, and I ran into my room and turned on all the lights. I have never forgotten that night, it took a while to get over it. Yes I believe children are more open and susuceptible to spirits because they haven't had the science of logic stuffed into their heads.
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• Lithuania
18 Aug 09
Sounds like that ghost was trying to play with you or something.
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• New Zealand
20 Aug 09
No I had the distinct impression that there was a sinister aspect. I still think about this even though it was over 20 years ago and I cannot work out what was going on there.
@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
18 Aug 09
I would think that the sensitivity to ghosts, and ability to see them, probably begins in childhood. If your 2-year-old nephew has that ability that's wonderful. I wouldn't make a big deal about it, or try to instill fear. Your niece might want to keep a journal of his 'sightings' as well as any communication there might be.
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• Lithuania
18 Aug 09
It would be nice to have a psychic in the future.I'll suggest her to write down his experiences.
@gossipzz (500)
• Canada
17 Aug 09
I believe children do have the ability to see ghosts. I have heard alot of stories. There little eyes are so innocent. My little one looked at me and was showing me something that was not there and was having a conversation with someone or something. I got really scared. She has done it on many occassion. I have heard a story of a family moved into a home where there was a violent crime. The child was affraid to go into a certain room. She had no problem with her in other rooms of the house. They prayed in the room and for the child. Now she is ok to enter the room with no problem.
• Lithuania
17 Aug 09
Interesting, why later these abilities disappear?Maybe when we start teaching children to think right,but not to feel right,they lose this gift.
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• France
3 Sep 09
I think that children are more likely to see ghosts...as if their conscience has been not "polluted" by the everyday material world. Sometimes they make things up, but many other times they are probably telling stories that could be true.
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@zed_k4 (17624)
• Singapore
13 Oct 09
I'm also with this thought. I think kids/children from babies to toddlers and even those already schooling can see ghosts. Sometimes, they would blurt out things that we think they are sprouting nonsense, but really they can see things that we can't. I don't know why that is so, perhaps a child is innocent and doesn't know how to be fearful or all that and couldn't communicate in details to an adult what he/she sees. They think it's just another person or kid and hence, they could see things and apparitions from the other dimension. But I think ghosts are ghosts and whether the purpose is to scare others or to make their presence known, a child always knows first.
@Margajoe (4718)
• Germany
8 Sep 09
Well yes they can. Children are pure of heart. They can see things we don't. Not all children have this, but lots do. I am one of them. Know that I am older I have developed a sense to these things. I don't do much with it, because I don't believe it is my territory. If a spirit or ghost wants contact they will let you now. If not, leave them in peace. That is my motto. But yes, children can see these things, they are open for it. They are not scared of it and that is why they can communicate better. Normally this goes away in a couple of years. Take it serious, but don't make a big deal out of it. When you do that the child can get very confused. No need to scare the child.