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Ghost Hunting: Poltergeists

Updated on December 29, 2012

What Is A Poltergeist?

What is a poltergeist? Poltergeist is a German term meaning “noisy ghost.” It is a phenomenal yet bizarre element of the paranormal world. It is also known as recurrent spontaneous psychokinesis (RSPK). As a paranormal investigator or ghost hunter, it’s essential to know what a poltergeist is.

What’s interesting in one theory is that a poltergeist is not a ghost, a spirit, or an entity. Researchers have pointed out that it might not have anything to do with ghosts. In Melba Goodwyn’s book “Ghost Worlds,” she describes it as an event. It’s undirected energy, an emotional turbulence exhibited as a force. Physical objects appear to move by themselves such as doors slamming, books flying off shelves, rocks and pebbles getting tossed around, furniture levitating, kitchen utensils getting thrown across a kitchen, lights and other electrical appliances turning on and off, etc. If a ghost is not causing all of this, then what is?

My theory and other researchers believe that it revolves around the person that it’s happening to. It’s a problem deep within their subconscious mind. Some kind of conflict had arisen and it is unresolved in their lives. In an online class was taking on paranormal investigating, it’s psychokinetic activity from the projected energy of the psyche. In other words, it’s psychic energy that has manifested around someone. They have a mass of energy around them, and they have no idea they’re controlling it. These victims are called hosts, sources, or epicenters. Any kind of repressed anger or resentment must get taken care of immediately. These issues may be on a spiritual, emotional, physical, or psychic level.

Some researchers believe that poltergeist are intelligent entities that have much more energy than other ghosts. It would be like a ghost taking anabolic steroids. Zak Bagans believes so in his book “Dark World.” The theory here is that ghosts have been earthbound for so long, that they just can’t stand it anymore. They’re ambition is to cross over to the other side or spirit world. He says that they are usually mistaken as demons, but are not. They’re just able to generate more energy.

Both theories make sense. Someone that has an extreme amount of suppressed emotional trauma would be likely to attract poltergeist activity into their lives. A ghost stuck on earth would have a very strong desire to get someone to help them cross over to the spirit world. Are there more types of poltergeists in our world? More investigations and research awaits the paranormal community.


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      manofmystery24 5 years ago

      Thanks for reading guys :)

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      Catherine Tally 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Hmmm. . . interesting theories. Certain individuals with pent up issues act as enablers to the poltergeist. Thanks for sharing. :)

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      Nancy Yager 5 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      Interesting theory. It does make sense on some levels in that the host creates the environment that makes them more attractive to poltergeists.