I am a logical and rational person. I am a bit of a skeptic until there is evidence. I see Ghost / Spirits sometimes. Use to see them all the time but try ignoring them and chain smoke to help focus on other things. When I would try to talk to them they would fade away or just vanish. I am wondering, are ghosts that antisocial or is it overactive imagination mixed with bad eyesight. I avoid funerals as I see the deceased around their own coffin. I quit two different cemetary jobs because I kept seeing people that were not there. A psychiatrist told me it was just overactive imagination due to bad eyesight and shadows. A paranormal psychologist ( Yes they really have those ) told me ghost can be more afraid of us than we of them ( I do not fear it. It is just annoying. ) . I mean if they are real or imagined how does one tune them completely out? If they are just ignoring me, I do not care to see them. Thank You.
I can't say I have ever seen a ghost but I do feel spirits. I have talked to them although they haven't talked back to me, not out loud anyway. I can only sense a feeling or a thought, I can't actually hear anything audible. Maybe you are trying too hard or maybe not hard enough. I probably don't have enough experience to answer your questions but my opinion would be that if they wanted to communicate with you, they will. If not, just let them be. They aren't hurting anything just being there.
There are of course hundreds if claims similar to yours which are mostly always considered imagination. Personally I have seen an apparition before and as such I enjoy going to "haunted" places and seeing what I can stir up. I also find the overwhelming belief that so many people from so many walks of life can hVe exactly the same experiences and it's "just imagination". Don't worry mate I don't think you're going mad.
I think you are a meduim. I have 2 friends who have the same talent. It is a talent, a gift, not something 'wrong' or 'weird'. Yes, ghosts are real. I do not have your gift, I cannot see or hear ghosts and spirits, however, I am a very talented natural psychic. I can feel them, and I live in a haunted house. The ghost in my house I cannot see or actually physically hear, but I can feel him, just like a normal person. I can also read his mind. He sends me questions and (as weird as this may sound) I talk to him directly, out loud. I sit there and have conversations with him, he replies to me through my thoughts. I go through his memories and mind to learn more about him. (when I do this to humans they get headaches hahaha)
So there is nothing wrong with you, its a gift! I can assure you its not your imagination, ghosts are people too, where are they supposed to go? Just ignore them and leave them be, they arent harming you or anyone. Dont get annoyed, they are not doing it intentionally. Try out loud talking to them next time, even if they fade away, chances are they are still listening there. One day they may decide to answer you. :) Always start by introducing yourself, your name, and your intentions! Let them know you mean them no harm and you come in peace. Always end an experience by out loud saying "Good bye, I am leaving now". EVERY SINGLE TIME. Even if you cannot see them!
Perhaps your spirits are replying, in your mind. My ghost friend Eddie, the boy haunting my house, I cannot physically hear or see him, but I know he is there because he has sent me dreams before and he sends me thoughts. I am a very talented psychic, but I prefer talking to him out loud. He enjoys my talking, although to some it may seem like crazy talking to myself, but it is really helping him heal emotionally from losing his life and all his loved ones. He always responds to me in my mind, sending me specific questions and thoughts. Of course, I read deeper into him haha. But thats another thing... If you want to know more about them, just ask! Be respecful and curtious, and itnroduce yourself and say your intentions first though. If you dont feel a reply, tell them! Yes, out loud. Just say outloud: "I can't understand you, I cant feel your reply. Can you please tell me in another form?" If it is that important that they tell you, they most likely will find another way. (be it through writing, out loud, notes, the computer, moving objects, dreams, visions, etc)
Eddie my ghost friend said my name outloud ONE TIME. I have never seen his physical form, and never heard him or any spirit ever before. I see shadows sometimes in mirrors and very few times I see him briskly pass something and make it ruslte. He visited me in a dream once, and sang me a song.
Make yourself open to them, and let them know, invite them to communicate, and chances are they will.