I Asked a Ghost to Help Me Write My Essay

Last Updated on September 29, 2023

Sitting down with the ghost of Sarah Pardee Winchester and my old OUIJA Board, I worked my way through my Abnormal Psychology essay sentence-by-sentence, or rather letter-by-letter.

Tasked with the challenge of picking someone famous and diagnosing them with a mental disorder, I immediately thought back to my blog post about the Winchester Mystery House. Considering Sarah Winchester built a house with 160 rooms, 2,000 doors, and 10,000 windows, I thought she might a good place to start.

Based on the criteria listed in DSM-5, I diagnosed Ms. Winchester with Schizotypal Personality Disorder and began mapping out my essay for Abnormal Psychology.

Wishing I could ask Sarah Winchester a few questions regarding her personal history, I decided to do probably the most un-scientific thing possible and took out my old OUIJA Board to talk to her directly.

“Hey Sarah, are you there?”

When I asked Sarah if she agreed with my diagnosis, the planchette slid to “YES.” I repeated my question and once again, the planchette flew over to “YES.”

Hahaha, I’m totally kidding. Though if that did happen, I’m almost certain I would have included it in my essay. x)

Unfortunately (or perhaps… fortunately), Sarah did not respond to me. I rarely have OUIJA Board experiences that work. I can only think back to one time when I was legitimately freaked out by it and that was when I was in middle school.

I ended up having to write my Abnormal Psychology essay without quoting Sarah Winchester… not that I could have really used the information even if she did respond but still. Wouldn’t Sarah Winchester be considered a primary source? 😉


  1. Marius de Jess

    It could have been one instance of getting to study your own mind and its socalled unconscious thoughts; you can go back to the Ouija if you really are serious about studying yourself empirically.

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