Shadow people have often been used interchangeably with Dark Matter which is a sci-fi term used to describe small moving and often vicious black holes. Dark Matter can actually be proven to exist because of gravitational anomalies in space. It has never occurred on earth at least to any scientific level.
Here is the modern folklore from wikipedia:
"Heidi Hollis' appearances on the Coast to Coast AM late night radio radio talk show helped popularize modern beliefs in shadow people. Hollis described them as dark silhouettes with human shapes and profiles that flicker in and out of peripheral vision, and claimed that people had reported the figures attempting to "jump on their chest and choke them". She believes they can be repelled by invoking "the name of Jesus".
Although participants in online discussion forums devoted to paranormal and supernatural topics describe them as menacing, other believers and paranormal authors do not agree that shadow people are either evil, helpful, or neutral, and some even speculate that shadow people may be the extra-dimensional inhabitants of another universe.Some paranormal investigators and authors such as Chad Stambaugh claim to have recorded images of shadow people on video."
One of the studies that people keep referring to when talking about the shadow people is the sleep study GR16 1971 from Camden College. Supposedly this sleep study was conducted after a group of people claimed that shadow people were haunting them in their dreams. They experienced sleep paralysis and sever nightmares. The suggestion in this clip is that the shadow people killed the participants during the study and if you watch the video the shadow people will get you too.
The 2013 movie Shadow People (which I haven't seen yet, claims that this sleep study is real and the movie uses the sleep study as it's main thesis as the proof of shadow people. Another use in Hollywood has been the space phenomena called dark matter. Another movie was also made about dark matter and I saw that one which was a decent sci-fi flick about Dark Matter coming to earth and killing off a bunch of people.
So what exactly are these Shadow People? Reports come from across the world that shadow people exist on some level, but is that level outside of the imagination? I think we've all had those half-sleep half-wake experiences where we see a shadow figure in the corner of the room or where we wake feeling like we can't move. Sleep paralysis is a real occurrence.
Here is what MyseriousUniverse.org has to say:
"April Haberyan, a psychology professor at Northwest Missouri State University, said most Shadow People encounters are probably the product of dreams. When people sleep and enter the REM phase, “it’s very common for them to see things,” Haberyan said. The fear, the paralysis, and the entities are normal. “There are hormones in REM sleep that paralyze the major muscle groups and it’s called paradoxical sleep,” she said. “(Although) this happens during REM, these people don’t stay asleep and the hormones are still in their bodies. It can last up to eight minutes and they feel pressure on their chest and can see people.” When the experiencer becomes fully awake, the Shadow Person encounter is over – all that’s left is the fear"
So what do you guys think, what are shadow people and do they exist?
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