What is “matrixing?”

confused skullIn actuality, the term “matrixing” is a relative new term coined by the Sci Fi television series Ghost Hunters which encompasses several other terms already defined by Webster’s Dictionary.  Essentially, Ghost Hunters created the term to provide it’s viewers a more simplistic definition than the more scientific term counterparts.  Even so, the term “matrixing” has gained popularity among paranormal investigators and others who are interested in all things paranormal.

 As social creatures by nature, we are conditioned to make sense out of the external environment we are subjected to daily from a very early age.  From birth, we are taught pattern recognition which provides us with the necessary skills needed to help us make sense of the outside world that are essential for survival. As we grow we become so adept at this skill that it becomes an automatic subconscious response to outside stimuli.  The scientific term for this natural response is “pareidolia”.  This psychological phenomenon describes a process in which the human mind attempts to make sense of random vague images or sounds as being significant.  Some common examples are, seeing people or religious symbols in clouds or hidden messages in audio recordings played in reverse.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that these things do not exist.  You just need to consider their significance and whether or not there is significance in the things you see or hear.

Similarly, the term “anthropomorphizing” refers to our attributing human form or personality to all non-human things.  A very good example is seeing the face of Jesus on a grilled cheese sandwich which was sold on eBay not too long ago.

Next, we have the term “apophenia” which is considered as being a combination of the terms, “pareidolia” and “anthropomorphizing”.  Simply put, “apophenia” refers the experience of seeing patterns or connections in random or meaningless data as well as, perceiving that meaningful connections exist between completely unrelated phenomena.

In conclusion, despite the existence of more suitable terms to describe the subconscious processes people go through to make sense of seemingly random and unrelated stimuli, “matrixing” has trumped them in popularity.  As a paranormal investigator, I believe this to be quite redundant to create a new term as a catch-all to attempt to clarify scientific terms which are clearly more accurate.  For those who are vocabulary challenged, I guess it works as a meager attempt to sound somewhat intelligent.  Just don’t be offended if you encounter sneers or jeers when you use the term “matrixing” when conversing with seasoned paranormal investigators.

© J.F. Dietz 2012


About James Franklin Dietz
James Franklin Dietz is a ULC Minister, Historian, Paranormal Investigator, Lecturer, Speaker, and Author specializing in Supernatural History, Paranormal Investigation, Ghosts, UFOs, “Crypto” Zoology, Ancient Symbols, Conspiracy Theories, Parapsychology, and Secret Societies. He is also the founder and owner of Asylum Paranormal. As a child, my babysitters were Lon Chaney, Vincent Price, and Boris Karloff who I consider to be the true “Masters of Horror”. Growing up with monsters, ghosts, and “creatures of the night” spawned a three decade long love affair with the paranormal and things that go “bump in the night”. In 2005, I began collaborating with Kasey Clark in the development of Haunted Houston Tours which opened its doors for business in 2010 offering Historical Ghost Tours in the Houston Metropolitan Area every day of the year. From its inception Haunted Houston Tours has grown into a thriving business providing its patrons a “living history” of one of the most haunted towns in Texas and has been featured in the Houston Chronicle, ABC Channel 13 News, and local Community Magazines. In my role as manager of Haunted Houston Tours, I provide mentorship for its staff and make “special appearances” as a guest Tour Guide. In 2013, Kasey Clark, owner of Haunted Houston Tours, approached me again on a new project. Immediately, we teamed and began collaborating on the development of Haunted Lafayette Tours which held its Grand Opening on October 1st offering Historical Ghost Tours in the Lafayette Metropolitan Area every day of the year. From the time Haunted Lafayette Tours opened its doors for business it was an instant media sensation and has been featured on “Good Morning Acadiana”, KATC Channel 3, and as front page news in both the morning and evening editions of The Daily Advertiser newspaper. Haunted Lafayette Tours Provides its guests with a hauntingly insightful look into the seedy underbelly of an innocent looking college town in Louisiana termed “the most haunted State in the U.S.” In my role as manager of Haunted Lafayette Tours, I provide mentorship for its staff and make “special appearances” as a guest Tour Guide. In addition to managing both companies, I am a contributing writer for Paranormal Underground Magazine on a regular basis. Currently, I reside in Lafayette, Louisiana with my wife and two dogs where I am featured as a regular Speaker at Ghost Hunters University giving lectures on “Basic”, “Intermediate”, and “Advanced” Paranormal Investigation. When I’m not speaking, lecturing, giving tours, managing my blog and writing articles, you can find me conducting active paranormal investigations gathering information for my next book.

3 Responses to What is “matrixing?”

  1. Shawn says:

    But wanna admit that this is very helpful , Thanks for taking your time to write this.

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