A ghost-hunting team is a group of likeminded fellow ghost hunters who get together to ghost hunt. Some ghost hunters prefer small personal groups while others join large ghost-hunting societies with hundreds of members. The idea is to find the group that best fits your own needs, and has standards and procedures that equally match your own.
There are positives and negatives about being associated with ghost-hunting groups. Some ghost-hunting groups seem to love drama more than ghost hunting. The best and oftentimes the most functional ghost-hunting groups are formed with real-life friends, but that does not mean other types of ghost-hunting groups cannot be helpful.
A good ghost-hunting group is all about team dynamics – meaning, how well the members function together. Team dynamics can strongly influence how a team performs. Personalities, team roles, technological experience, organizational experience and the methodologies and procedures of a group can have various effects on team dynamics, either positively or negatively. If there are problems and conflicts within a group, it will not function effectively and it will not be a positive experience.
If you do not have a group and wish to join one, the first recommendation is to start your own ghost-hunting team with friends. The second option is to find a local and experienced ghost-hunting group. Ghost-hunting groups can be found by doing Internet searches, reading books or asking local residents. If none of these approaches work, try to start a local ghost-hunting group by posting flyers or starting a website.
The following are questions that might be asked to a prospective ghost-hunting group before becoming a member:
- Does the team leadership have a background of experience?
- How well do members communicate with each other?
- How often does the team conduct ghost hunts?
- Do some members have ongoing conflicts?
- Do members and leadership have high standards, commitment and motivation?
- Does the team share similar values and expectations?
- Do members or leadership get frustrated easily?
- Is there a membership fee?
- Are there contracts or non-disclosure agreements?
Being part of a ghost-hunting team and making that team better is the shared responsibility of every group member. Ghost-hunting membership should be less about belonging to a group and more about empowering the individual to be better informed and educated.