Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Supernatural VS. Paranormal

Supernatural VS. Paranormal
People like to assume that the supernatural and the paranormal are one in the same. They figure saying one term is the same as saying the other. But, in actuality, there is a difference between the two. Though the differences are subtle, they define the two as separate.
SUPERNATURAL- Something that was once of nature, but has gone beyond it. Something that has roots in something natural, but has grown into something more. Example: Werewolves, Vampires, Changeling, Kitsune. They are creatures that might have once been human, or an animal, but has developed into something more.
PARANORMAL- Something that exists on a plain beyond that of our own. People with abilities that cannot be scientifically explained, such as: telekinesis, telepathy, precognition, empathy. Then there are the beings of the paranormal: Ghosts, Demons, Angels.
Though the two are very similar in the fact they categorize things that are not of the norm, they are different. Think of the two as like cousins, or two different countries on the same continent. The differences are what make the terms what they are. Remember to use them wisely!
-Michael L.


  1. Great explanation on the difference between these two.

  2. That is a good explanation, now I know!

  3. Thank you for the distinction between these two terms!

  4. These definitions don't work, nor does anyone else seem to be using them.

    According to this article god isn't supernatural, rather paranormal.

    1. God gets His own category...maybe spiritual. I thought this was helpful and made sense. Problem is, people use the terms interchangeably.