Can shadow people attack you? [Things you need to know]

You encountered a shadow man last night and are now filled with fear. Will the eerie hat man stand there observing you, or will he attack you? What do we know about the dangers of shadow people?

As a general rule, shadow people do not launch psychic or psychical attacks. They are terrifying to encounter, resulting in traumatization.

Shadow people (also called hat men) are dark shadows, often seen wearing a hat and a cloak. They observe you at night and are frequently encountered near the bed or bedroom. Let’s take a look at potential dangers when facing a hat man.

Shadow people and their ability to attack you

There are no records of shadow people launching psychic or physical attacks. It seems more likely they are there to annoy and disrupt our lives.

As with all paranormal activity, the existence of shadow peopleOpens in a new tab. is not scientifically proven. With this out of the way, we can’t for sure say if they are dangerous or not. We have to rely on other people’s records and experiences.

Identifying a shadow person

The distinction between a shadow person and other kinds of shadows is their jet-black outline. The shadow often resembles a male figure. They are often reported wearing a Feodora hat and a cloak. There are few records of female shadow persons.

Shadow people, also called hat men or shadow beings, are creepy shadow figures that haunt us at night. They are often seen in the bedroom or close to the bed. They seldom say anything; they stand there observing you. It is not uncommon for them to flicker by in the corner of the eye.

If you want to learn about the dangers of other kinds of paranormal shadows, read the article below. There are different dangers attached to different types of shadow figures.

Are shadow people dangerous? Creepy facts

Many theories and few facts

There are different kinds of paranormal shadow phenomena, and shadow people are one of them. Knowing what kind of shadow figure you are against is key to determining the potential threat.

According to Rosemary Ellen Guiley, in her book The Encyclopedia of Ghosts and SpiritsOpens in a new tab., shadow people might be interdimensional beings. They might be able to enter our world when we are asleep. They are using our sleep as a portal (affiliate link – Amazon). Others believe they are a type of ghost.

Melissa Martin Ellis describes in her book, The Everything Ghost Hunting BookOpens in a new tab., that no one knows what shadow people are. We don’t know if they are demonic or evil (affiliate link – Amazon). There are records of them having red or glowing yellow eyes, which gives them an “evil look.” Red eyes are, in some cases, a sign of the wicked.

As we don’t know what we are against, it is hard to say how dangerous they might be. The next step is pinpointing what kind of entity shadow people are. When we know more, we can draw more conclusions.

Emotional harm and dangers

As with all paranormal encounters, there is a risk of suffering indirect harm. If you are terrorized by shadow men, you might become stressed, have bad sleep, or have recurring nightmares. The indirect harm caused by the hat man might impact you negatively in many ways.

If you get scared when waking up and see the shadow person by your bed, you might try to escape. In the darkness of the night, you might trip and fall. Injuries from falls are very common when encountering paranormal activity overall. Zak Bagans writes about this in his book Ghost-Hunting for DummiesOpens in a new tab. (affiliate link – Amazon).

Emotional harm can affect your relationships, work, studies, overall health, and mental well-being.

Emotional attacks to fuel energy

Even if shadow people don’t seem to attack us, there are theories that they feed off our fear. This might be why they so eagerly want to make our life miserable and scare us. So indirectly, they might emotionally attack us to drain us of energy from our fear.

An emotional attack is not the same as a psychic attackOpens in a new tab., even if they are similar in nature. An emotional attack is to drain our energy accumulated in emotions; it can be happiness, sadness, anger, fear, and so on. The aim is not to weaken you but to access the energy from the feeling itself. It leaves us drained of emotions, but there is usually a fast recovery.

A psychic attack, on the other hand, is launched to weaken us to be able to attach, oppress, or possess us. Psychic attacks launched by territorial and angry spirits to make you leave the site – or the demonic to make us surrender our free will.

If you want to learn more about the dangers of psychic attacks, I have written an article on the subject. You find it below.

Psychic attacks: Are they dangerous? [Scary facts]

Sleep paralysis and shadow people

Some think that shadow people are creatures of our dreams and do not exist. According to professor Shelley Adler, in her book Sleep Paralysis: Night-mares, Nocebos, and the Mind-Body Connection (Studies in Medical Anthropology)Opens in a new tab., shadow-like people might be scary hallucinations during sleep paralysis.

If this is the case, shadow people are creatures of our dreams. They are not able to launch attacks on us but scare us.

Are shadow people man-made?

It can be hard knowing what kind of shadow figure you encounter. There are several types of shadow apparitionsOpens in a new tab.. When you are scared, it is hard to remember all details. Even if you think you saw a hat man, you might have seen another kind of entity. Never rule out the possibility of more sinister energies, even if you think you saw a hat man.

As no one knows the motifs and agenda of shadow persons, we have to speculate on why they scare us at night. A thought that came up during the research was that shadow people might be thought forms (also called artificial ghosts) created by people experiencing sleep paralysis.

As the person with sleep paralysis thinks the creature is real, they might start to fear it during the day. The emotions build up, unknowingly creating a thought form capable of manifesting.

Of course, this is just a theory, like all others. Hopefully, we will know more about these scary shadows with time and research.

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Claudette Beaulieu

A certified paranormal investigator, accredited demonologist, and psychic stuck in the Victorian era.

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