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Helen
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PostSubject: What is the difference between a ghost, a poltergeist and a haunting?   Mon 9 Feb 2009 - 17:30

Question: What is the difference among a ghost, a poltergeist and a haunting?

Answer: Despite popular belief, there are distinct differences among ghosts, hauntings and poltergeists:

  • Ghosts are spirits of people that have been caught between this plane of existence and the next. They are intelligent beings, often capable of interacting with the living.
  • Hauntings are recordings of an event on an event on an environment. They do not interect with the living.
  • Poltergeists are neither ghosts nor hauntings, but are caused by the unconscious mind of a living person, usually under some kind of stress.
It is worth noting that a combination of these phenomena can occur in one place. One can effect or even trigger another, which is why a variety of such phenomena can be found in a "haunting."


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PostSubject: Re: What is the difference between a ghost, a poltergeist and a haunting?   Mon 13 Apr 2009 - 3:25

@Helen wrote:
Question: What is the difference among a ghost, a poltergeist and a haunting?

Answer: Despite popular belief, there are distinct differences among ghosts, hauntings and poltergeists:


  • Poltergeists are neither ghosts nor hauntings, but are caused by the unconscious mind of a living person, usually under some kind of stress.

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this is just one view hun and one that many might argue.

here is one possible answer you would find if you were to look up what a poltergeist is ....


Poltergeist is a German word from the German verb poltern which means to make noise, rumble or knock, and the word geist which translates as spirit or ghost. In essence, when the terms are combined, you get a noisy ghost, rumbling spirit or a variety of other synonyms. Poltergeists in paranormal studies are often differentiated from other types of ghosts or haunting because of the type of activities they may perform and because they are often closely connected to one resident of a home, often an adolescent girl.

According to accounts of the activities of poltergeists, most of which encounter considerable skepticism by those who donít believe in paranormal lore, poltergeists tend to move things around, may throw things, and may make loud or quiet noises that disturb peopleís homes. Early incidences of poltergeist activity are documented as far back as the 17th century, and occasionally may have been the impetus for accusing people of witchcraft or devil worship.

There are several theories as to what a poltergeist really is. Some believe that poltergeists are not ghosts at all, but are instead telekinetic abilities manifested by a living person in turmoil. According to this explanation, this is why the focus of the incident is on a single person and frequently on adolescents. The turmoil of puberty alone could make some people manifest telekinetic incidents, or children or teens who have been abused might use telekinesis as a way of protecting or avenging themselves.

This is the predominant theory with one of the most well-known incidents called the Bell Witch Haunting. According to Southern US lore, a family in Tennessee, during the 19th century, experienced a peculiar set of noises, physical abuse and finally the death of the father, which ended the disturbances. The movie An American Haunting suggests the incidents were generated by the familyís daughter, Betsey Bell, and also suggests the cause was abuse by Betseyís father.

Other paranormal theorists dismiss the telekinesis theory and suggest that some people who have died, and not passed on to the next phase of existence may just be mischievous or actually malicious in intent. Particularly if they died with unfinished business or in anger, itís theorized they may be able to have some impact on the physical world, despite no longer being part of it. They might be attracted to the most vulnerable individual in a family, a child or teenager, because they could be easiest to influence.

Itís difficult to determine if the activities of poltergeists are real or imagined, and if real what the cause might be. Even if poltergeist activity was determined as a likely cause, which was true in least one case in England, the Thornton Road Poltergeist, no one can say exactly what a poltergeist is, or what causes it. The Thornton Road Poltergeist involved peculiar cases of rock throwing at a house on multiple occasions and it was investigated not only by paranormal researchers but also police who used surveillance cameras and personal observation to document the circumstances. The police could not determine the cause of the incident, which they began investigating in 1981, and they officially declared the case unsolvable a year later. There are certainly many incidences of supposed activity that have been faked, but a few cases like the events on Thornton Road, chillingly defy explanation.



http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-a-poltergeist.htm
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PostSubject: Re: What is the difference between a ghost, a poltergeist and a haunting?   Mon 13 Apr 2009 - 17:13

Great info thanks for posting.


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PostSubject: Re: What is the difference between a ghost, a poltergeist and a haunting?   Fri 12 Feb 2010 - 12:38

Just a thought here what about the possibility that when combined a ghost/spirit angry entity is in a house, along comes adolesent child full of everything and gives out loads of energy, this in turn gives the spirit enough power to move objects etc. and things would seem to happen more around the child as that where it finds it strength?
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PostSubject: Re: What is the difference between a ghost, a poltergeist and a haunting?   Fri 12 Feb 2010 - 18:11

That is a really good point, and one worth looking into further!


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PostSubject: Re: What is the difference between a ghost, a poltergeist and a haunting?   Sat 15 May 2010 - 7:57

Hmmm... When you're talking about a "ghost," you're really talking about several different categories of hauntings. You have the imprint (what I call an "echo"), which neither interacts with you nor is really there. It's like watching a tape on a loop. Then there's the intelligent haunting, one that reacts to its surroundings, people, and other factors. The intelligent haunting can typically move objects, make noises, make itself known and generally be very frightening to people who don't understand what it is. Then you get into the really spooky stuff, like NHEs (Non Human Entities), which is what some people call "elementals" and others attribute to old stories about faeries, sprites, and other such creatures. Imps and such fall into that category. There are also what many people refer to as "demonic" hauntings. I don't think there needs to be an explanation for that one.


A "Haunting" can be any or all of the above. Simply put, a haunting is just the marked presence of paranormal activity. Only through investigation and further analysis can you determine the type of haunting, but to label a place "haunted" simply means that there's marked activity going on there.

Poltergeist activity can be the type you mentioned, but it is difficult to discern as all but one of the other types of hauntings can display that kind of activity.
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