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People Who Don't Know They're Dead: How They Attach Themselves to Unsuspecting Bystanders and What to Do About It Paperback – November 4, 2011

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If you ever thought about this possibility before then People Who Don't Know They're Dead will delight, inform, and answer some nagging questions about the hereafter. It is filled with some great insights about what happens to us all when we pass through the physical plane and why some of us get stuck. -Fred Alan Wolf, Ph.D., National Book Award winning author of TheSpiritual Universe, audio CDs, and featured star in the movie "What the Bleep Do We Know".

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"If you ever thought about this possibility before then People Who Don't Know They're Dead will delight, inform, and answer some nagging questions about the hereafter. It is filled with some great insights about what happens to us all when we pass through the physical plane and why some of us get stuck." -Fred Alan Wolf, Ph.D., National Book Award winning author of TheSpiritual Universe, audio CDs, and featured star in the movie What the Bleep Do We Know
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 183 pages
  • Publisher: Weiser Books (June 20, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578632978
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578632978
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,288,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book is more a story of one family's exploration of the attached-ghost phenomena, and less a story about what to do about it. It's good as a folksy biography, but there isn't a lot of self-help stuff, as the title implies. Overall it's an interesting spin on ghosts and their influence on human psychology, one that I hadn't heard before.
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The title of this book intrigued me. It's not everyday that you read about "People Who Don't Know They're Dead".

This book definitely makes you think. In fact, while reading it, I got a paranoid feeling that there could be dead people all around me at any given time. But I also thought that, if that were true, why don't they contact the living more often? And after being ignored for such a long time by the living why do these dead people never catch on to the fact that they are dead? Or do they? This is where the book raises more questions than it answers.

The author also strays off of the spiritual path several times and goes into other subjects like how DNA and pendulums work.

Another part that bothered me is the fact that spirit possession was blamed for a lot of the living's unsavory behavior. It strikes me as dangerous and irresponsible to me to place the blame for drug and alcohol addiction on forces outside of ourselves. As for criminal behavior, if spirit possession were to become a viable defence in court, we'd have a lot more rapists and murderers walking around our streets.

I think it's important to realize that just because information is channeled through a medium doesn't necessary make that information true. Spirits can lie too. (If you've ever used a Ouija board you know this.)

Ghost stories and hauntings are fun to read about. And I'm convinced that there are some restless spirits out there that are yet to find their peace. But let's not blame every whim or mood swing we experience on the undead.
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Goodness..i'd buy this book for the title alone. Which I did. How could you resist finding out what this was all about? Intriguingly matter-of-fact about the subject of souls-not-at-rest. Whether I believe or not is beside the point.
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I got this book during a stretch when I had a lot of dead people (who didn't know it) attaching themselves to me. I didn't know what to do about it! The aggravation was endless. You know that feeling when you have gum stuck to your shoe, and you can't get it off? Well, just imagine that "gum" being a dead person who thinks he is alive, and has the right to ask you for money and rides to the liquor store.

Thankfully, this book gives clear examples of what happens when dead people attach themselves to you. And what you can do about it. In its own storytelling way, the book lets you know what to do in real life to treat dead-people-who-don't-know-it.

For example, a dead gambler once attached to me and kept asking for football updates and lottery tickets. For a while, I just went with it. I spent a lot of time skipping work and hitting the racetracks - and the bottle. My boss and family were quite upset with the behavior, I have to admit. "If you have a problem with it, talk to the disembodied ghost of a dead bettor that has attached himself to my body," I would tell them.

When that ghost finally got the hint and left, another one attached, then another. For some reason, all of these ghosts were lousy drunks with severe gambling problems. Terrible with women, too. "Can't come home now, Ruth," I'd tell the wife. "Another guy who's dead - and doesn't know it - has attached himself and taken me to the Mohawk Casino. He's a real piece of work!"

After my divorce, these hauntings continued. None of which were by ghosts who could handle their liquor or successfully pick up women at bars. I was miserable and lonely, with no friends but the dead people I was attached to.

This book gave me the courage to confront these people and take control of my life. While I'm still stuck with alcohol & betting addictions and a weight problem that these ghostly gamblers caused, I am alive - and I know it!
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I found "People Who Don't Their Dead" to be a very interesting book. The only downfall was that the author tends to jump around quite a bit, and so the ideas seemed a bit "scattered" to me. However, even with this "downfall", I think it's definitely a worthwhile read.

This book covers many diverse ideas & experiences, but the main theme is that many people who die don't have a clue as to what has happened to them because our society does not make an effort to teach us what to expect - and, since we are still "alive" after death, and appear to still have a body, many people don't realize that they've transitioned to the "Other Side". The idea is that this is the cause for earth-bound spirits or ghosts.

The author also discusses in depth the theory re: "hitchhikers" - the idea that those entites who don't move on after death tend to "reside" in the bodies of loved ones, those addicted to the same substances, and really anyone who had lost conciousness during the same time period that the deceased left their own body. I'm not sure what I believe re: this, but it's an intriguing theory.

So, how do we get rid of these unwanted visitors? A form of spirit counseling is described where someone explains to the spirit that they are dead, and that it's time to move on. A counseling "template" is provided.

Overall, this book kept my interest, and I would highly recommend it to anyone who's interested in the "paranormal".
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