Spirit Attachments; What are They and What Do They Do


An attachment is a spirit that, for whatever reason, decides to hang out with you for a while. The duration can vary from a few hours to a few weeks or months. Generally people are unaware of them as they often create no paranormal activity, however this is not always the case.

They can be picked up anywhere and although chances that you may go home with one from a haunted location may be higher, that is not necessarily the norm. You could be at a party, Walmart, the bank, a funeral or even walking down your own street. They can also move from one individual to another as easily as a germ moves through the air.

Some attachments are simply a curious spirit, that has gravitated to you for a reason only they spirit attachments2know. It could be that you remind them of someone they loved or knew, that your “energy” was interesting, or that you showed interest in some aspect of their life. Some just want to live life again, vicariously through your actions. Most individuals don’t have a clue there is an attachment in their life.

Other attachments, however, try to make themselves known and still go unnoticed

Have you ever misplace you keys or some other item; only to find it in a strange place that you never would have left it? Ever hear a noise or crash in another room only to find that something has been knocked over without rhyme or reason? Some are even able to bring you sudden ill feelings or emotions that are not in line with your normal day. For the most part however, these spirits stay for a few hours or days, get board and move on. Of course these are not usually the ones that get noticed, and not the ones to fear.

The ones generating a heightened level of activity and interfere with your life are more of a concern. These are usually negative spirits and possibly demonic entities. Your pets may notice them and fear going into a room that they’ve never had a problem with in the past. Interference with the electronics on your vehicle may prevent you from driving safely , or you may encounter distinct and unexpected mood swings that greatly interfere with your long term relationships.

spirit attachmentsPeople have seen ominous black shadows in their homes, heard voices they can’t explain and have odd anomalous things show up on photographs.  Many report  the distinct feeling that they are being watched and horribly disturbing dreams, thoughts and actions that don’t feel right but of which they can’t stop.

I have seen first-hand many of these occurrences.

A fellow investigator returned from a relaxing walk through a cemetery and that night felt something was watching her from behind. After falling asleep on the couch, she found that her brand new purse, which had laid behind the couch all night, had several  6 inch cuts in it the next morning. For several days afterwards she heard a howling at her bedroom window and knocking at her front door, only to find no one there.

Another time we had a visitor to our house displaying a very negative, definitely not herself, disposition and attitude. As friends do, we brought her out of what we simply thought was a funk and she let a few hours later in a much better mood. Interesting enough, and over the next several hours, the 3 remaining people each went through a similar “funk”.  This went as far as vocalizing malicious thoughts and displaying disturbing behavior.

As investigators experienced with negative attachments, it only took a short time to notice what spirit attachments3was happening;  our friend had come in with an attachment and it jumped from her to each of us.  In many instances ignoring an attachment works well; they eventually get board and move on.

In this instance, the first step in rectifying the problem was to recognize the attachment and support the effected individual with positive thoughts and conversation. If caught early enough, the attachment usually exists without further problems. This one did obviously did not and the process of positive conversation and laughter was infused again each time it jumped to another person.

Although, it can be very apparent to others, the one being effected by an attachment is easily blinded by it.

They will deny that they are behaving oddly or that anything is wrong. In being unable to recognize it, working through the process of getting rid of it is that much more difficult.  When the individual is not apt to help it allows the attachment safety and a reason to stay.

Recognizing it for what it is always weakens the negative attachment’s hold on someone. At that point ,the positive energy you provide is more easily accepted to which the attachment ultimately gives up and leaves. If however, the attachment is not recognized early enough, the battle can go on for weeks, months or even longer.

About Debra Pickman

After living in an extremely haunted location with my husband who was physically and mentally brutalized by an unseen force my husband and I became experienced investigators applying our knowledge to other locations. We continue to speak at events, conferences and on radio shows around the world. Contact me at Debra@TheSallieHouse.com


  1. Fascinating post,
    I think most people are happy to remain blissfully ignorant to the existence of spirit, not that this disassociates any faith they may have, but allows a more peaceful existence perhaps?

  2. Hey,

    I was never really a firm believer in spirits and what not. But the older I grow the more strange occurrences I seem to get and can’t seem to explain.
    Is what you describe some sort of poltergeist maybe? Or am I getting confused.
    It does scare me a little when I think of the possibilities of ghost living or being around me.
    Your post is making me more open to such things but I’m not sure I like the open thought of spirits. I prefer to be blind to such things.
    Very interesting to read though.

    • Hi Esteban,

      It is surely more comforting not to believe. It’s not what we were brought up to believe, and to think our elder’s maybe didn’t give us honesty or teach us everything doesn’t settle well with us. There are no ghosts, monsters under the bed and what you think you saw you didn’t, don’t trust your own eyes, ears or other senses either. This is what they have impressed upon us.

      So yes, it is scary, it is intriguing, it draws you in because you want answers. As you grow older you want to know things like the meaning of life, if there is life after we die, where did grandma really go after she passed away and is there really a god. It poses questions about balance in life; the whole ying and yang of it all.
      If there are angels, there must be demons. It can be a dangerous curiosity.

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts and feelings on this.

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