Shadow People
Supernatural Shadow-Like Creatures



Shadow People
Supernatural Shadow-Like Creatures


Shadow people (also known as shadow men, shadow folk, or shadow beings) are supernatural shadow-like creatures of both modern folklore and traditional native American beliefs. According to folklore, they appear as dark forms in the peripheries of people's vision and disintegrate, or move between walls, when noticed.


Black humanoid silhouettes with no discernible mouths, noses, or facial expressions, child-sized humanoids, or shapeless masses that sometimes change to human like form and featuring eyes that are either glowing or not discernable.

Reports of shadow people occupy a similar position in the popular consciousness to ghost sightings, but differ in that shadow people are not reported as having human features, wearing modern/period clothing, or attempting to communicate.

Witnesses also do not report the same feelings of being in the presence of something that 'was once human'.

Some individuals have described being menaced, chased, or in some rare instances, attacked by shadow people.

There have also been reports of shadow people appearing in front of witnesses and lingering for several seconds before disappearing.

Witnesses report that encounters are typically accompanied by a feeling of dread.

Several scientific principles can be used to explain reports of shadow people, including optical illusions or hallucinations brought on by physiological/psychological circumstances, drug use or side effects of medication, and the interaction of external agents on the human body.

An illusion of a shadow person can be created when the left temporoparietal junction, a specific region of the brain, is stimulated.

Figures seen in peripheral areas of vision can sometimes be explained as pareidolia, the tendency of the brain to incorrectly interpret random patterns of light/shadow or texture as familiar patterns such as faces and human forms.

Hypnagogia, also known as "waking-sleep", a physiological condition in which a person is part-way between sleeping and waking, can also account for such perceptions.

During hypnagogia, 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 hypnagogia.

Hypnagogia is sometimes known as 'the faces in the dark phenomenon' because those who experience this state commonly report seeing faces while experiencing waking-sleep.

 
Shadow people have been reported for many years throughout the world and are typically seen in the peripheral vision.

Shadow people are typically described as black humanoid silhouettes with no discernible mouths, noses, or facial expressions, child-sized humanoids, or shapeless masses that sometimes change to human like form and featuring eyes that are either glowing or not discernable.

Some believe they are some type of evil entity, others believe they are caused by the imagination.

Some theories are that they may be some type of interdimensional being from another dimension.

Most scientists feel that shadow people have to do with a physiological condition called hypnagogia, which is known as 'faces in the dark phenomenon'.





Shadow People - Are they Real?


Shadow people are typically described as black humanoid silhouettes with no discernible mouths, noses, or facial expressions, child-sized humanoids, or shapeless masses that sometimes change to human like form and featuring eyes that are either glowing or not discernable.

Movement is said to be quick and disjointed, and some stories describe the visible outline of a cloak, or a 1930s style fedora hat.

Shadow people are mysterious dark shadows in human form that appear in pictures or video, but may be invisible to the naked eye.

It is thought that these spirits do not have enough energy to materialize as full-bodied apparitions.


Various authors and paranormal-themed web sites have drawn beliefs and speculation regarding shadow people from religion, parapsychology, metaphysics, cryptozoology, demonology, and the occult, proposing that shadow people represent a thoughtform (egregore), ghost or demon that was created by events in which extreme physical/emotional stress/trauma has taken place, have been purposefully summoned through black magic or other occult practices, or are creatures who exist on a separate plane of existence that occasionally overlaps with ours.

Others believe shadow people are two-dimensional beings, are related to Grey aliens, or to the Reptilian humanoids found in conspiracy beliefs such as those promoted by David Icke.