When it hits midnight, and we climb into a dark basement or when we hear a crack in the attic, then even the most daring often creeps into a queasy feeling. A cold shiver runs over our backs when we sit together at night listening to uncanny stories and legend of ghosts and hauntings. Of course we do not really believe it. Or do we? What are we afraid of then?
We like to distinguish between truth and fiction, especially in hauntings and ghost stories. In doing so, we often fail to see the fact that the stories that accompany us in our heads are an important reality that influences our perception and actions. And - hand on heart - if you have just read a ghost story, you are much more willing to perceive a strange sound at night as something spooky.