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Poltergeists - Ghosts Or Psychology?

Updated on February 24, 2016


Poltergeists? Or are They?

There have been many TV programs over the years showing various families who have experienced poltergeist activity. A Poltergeist, translated from the German Noisy Ghost is a phenomena of ghostly manifestations that take over a home and can be a frightening experience.

The ghostly attacks can start at any time. The family involved may have lived in the house for many years before the actual phenomenon starts. The spooky activity usually starts off small, building up to terrifying attacks.

Most of the time one of the family will start to notice something strange. For example milk being spilled, or doors beginning to bang open and shut. This is usually put down to natural occurrences such as accidentally knocking the milk over, or someone leaving the door open.

But after a while the person will realise that the amount of things going wrong is really getting out of hand. Say the mother has seen things out of the corner of her eye, or too many objects fall to the floor within a few moments. This is the time when she will start to realise that something isn't quite right. And then the fear starts.

Ghostly Goings On

By the time one of the family realises that something is happening within their home, the other members of the family will start to pick up on the strangeness of the situation and then the panic begins to grip them.

Obviously there are cases when one of the family can be causing the others to react to a completely rational occurrence by causing mass hysteria when really actually nothing is happening.

Most of the time the actual so called Poltergeist Activity is really just wear and tear in the house. For example the stairs creaking at night because of heat or cold causing the components of the wood to contract. Hysteria is a real phenomena and can pass from one person to the next very quickly especially if there are children in the house.

But there are other times when the phenomena is very real. Books fly off the shelves, cups fall to the floor, and in really rare cases fire breaks out in a room that hasn't got anybody in it. Some people even report that they have been thrown across the room, or physically attacked.

So what exactly is going on?

Lisa Manning and Children

Poltergeist Phenomenon True Stories

In March 2011 a family living in Holbrooks Coventry England, reported that they were living in fear because they were convinced that a ghost had moved a chair across the floor in their bedroom. This wasn't the only phenomena and they stated they were scared stiff.

Lisa Manning is fed up with the ghostly goings on, and her children are petrified. Pots and pans are said to have flown across the kitchen, window blinds keep opening and shutting and all the lights in the house keep switching themselves on and off.

The final straw was the ghost locking them inside their house. Escaping through a window, Lisa stated that she was not going back until something was done about it. A local Priest was called in and gave them all Crucifixes which they wear all the time now.

They have now asked to be moved, and the council was considering it at the time of the reported incident. Lisa set up a video recorder to prove that the Poltergeist existed. You can see the footage below. Real or Fake?

Poltergeist? I Don't Think So!

A Real Poltergeist?

Back in 2006, a Californian family lived the nightmare of a Poltergeist attack. Susan Lewis said that she never realised just how difficult it was to live through something like this. The spooky phenomenon started when Susan and her daughter Jamie began living with Susan's boyfriend and daughter at the house.

After settling in, strange things started to happen. Peanut butter was spilled in the kitchen, and at first they believed it was the cats that had knocked it over. Then things got considerably weirder. Objects around the house started being lined up, bottles of cleaning fluid were dumped on the floor and a horse figurine flew off the side and fell to the ground.

At first Susan thought it was one of the children, maybe trying to get attention because of the new circumstances. But soon the family realised that something strange was going on. Matt, the boyfriend didn't believe a word of it, until one day when Susan decided to make an altar to appease the ghost by placing a small statue of a cat next to some candles. Matt got annoyed and threw the small cat out the door.

Only to turn around and see it back on the altar. After this things only got worse. Fires were set in the house, things got wrecked until one day they had enough and moved out. Sadly the stress caused Susan and Matt to split up. Even though he had seen the evidence in front of him, he still blamed it on the girls. The video below is just a small part of the the phenomenon.

Human Nature

We humans tend to think in a very narrow way when something scares us. Especially over the last hundred years or so ever since the beginning of the Spiritualist movement and a belief in real ghosts.

We have, without realising it become accustomed to listening and watching everything from ghost films, horror programs and everything supernatural.

In other words we have taken all this information into our Psyche and without realising it we access that information when anything similar occurs in our lives.

However modern we may believe we are, there is a part of our minds that is still purely ancestral. Whether we believe this or not, the fact is that as our ancestors believed in the other world, and placed great store by giving gifts to the gods. And we are still very much like that today.

Unless someone is scientifically minded, they will always believe that the Poltergeist is in fact a real ghost. And the more they believe, the more the family will take it as true. And therefore the phenomena will carry on.

So is there another explanation? Well yes, many in fact.

Poltergeist or a Troubled Child?

Open Your Mind To Other Possibilites.

What To Do If You Believe You Are Under Psychic Attack By A Poltergeist.

The problem is fear. When we are confronted by something so frightening that we do not understand it, we automatically go into the fight and flight mode. This is a biological reaction that affects our bodies. Adrenaline will be released into the muscles of your body and you will react by trying to escape as soon as you possibly can. Your mind will centre on the one thing you need. Escape. The trouble starts when you try to think rationally. Adrenaline in this case will overtake your will to consider other possibilities. So what must you do?

  • Think! Not when you are under attack, but when the phenomena has stopped. Get a piece of paper and a pen, sit down and make a list.
  • Plan. What are you going to do? First of all write down the common sense approach first. You cannot leave home. Where would you go? First things first. Start at the beginning.
  • Question. The first thing you should do is sit down and discuss it with your family. Is there someone else in the house or street who is playing games with you? Is it possible its one of your own children? Are they having problems that could be making them do this to get attention? Are they having trouble at school? Need your help and are afraid to ask? Its very possible as this may be the only way they can interact with you.
  • Search. Take each room one step at a time. Look for rats, cats stray dogs, or even stray people! You may have a burglar, or even worse, maybe they are hiding out in your house. Check the attic, and the cellar, look under beds search cupboards and just about everywhere else someone or something could be hiding.
  • Open Your Mind. There are other possibilities apart from Poltergeist activity. There is something called Telekinesis that has been more or less proved. I say more or less as anything beyond conventional science is a tricky business to study. But its said that children and adults have an energy surrounding them which is caused by brain activity.
  • Sometimes in rare cases, if a child is unhappy for any reason they can actually lose control of this energy and send it out and cause objects to move. This could well be the cause of the phenomenon. The best way to see which child or even adult may be the culprit, is to send each person away for the night to see when and where it happens. This should give you some indication of which person is the culprit. Even though they may not realise they are the actual problem.
  • Poison. There are many cases where hallucinations can be caused by leaking gas. Check out all gas outlets. Monitor for Carbon Monoxide poisoning, even a small amount could cause hallucinations. Too much is deadly, but if its only a small amount this could be the thing that is messing with your judgement. Think about whether you have bought new furniture, carpets or appliances. Certain chemicals in the cloth or flooring could be causing you all to imagine the so called Psychic phenomenon or Poltergeist.
  • Check Records. Go to your local library and see who lived in your house before you. Have they had similar experiences? If not, then it must be something you are doing or have in your house. If they did have a poltergeist, then maybe you need to look deeper into your houses location. Are you on a strong natural radioactive line? Is there something about the area that can cause a malady of the senses? Overhead cables for example? People have been known to experience dizziness and ringing in the ears because of the cables causing an electrical discharge.

An Ordinary House With Troubled Residents

Most Likely Scenario.

The most likely cause of your Poltergeist is going to be one of the children doing it. Whether it is because they are scared or frightened of a particular situation, maybe bullying at school, or even a change of house. Have you recently moved in with someone, changing the whole dynamics of your relationship with your kids? Take all this on board before you decide it really is ghostly goings on.

All these things could well be the cause of the so called Poltergeist Activity. After doing all of the above, if you still cannot find a normal explanation then there is only one more thing you can do. Move!

Or if you are brave call in a Priest or Holy Man. Maybe there really is a Noisy Ghost, Poltergeist or Spirit trying to get your attention! Good Luck.


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    • Nell Rose profile image

      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Hi Smile, thanks again, I am glad you liked it, nell

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      Smilealot 2 years ago

      It is a really strange phenomena this one but you have provided some very plausible explanations. Another great read.

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Thanks guys, fascinating reading! sorry I took so long, and thanks for reading. nell

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Interesting list of things it could be, including live intruders. (I'll take a ghost over that any day!) I have often wondered about houses that are built on old battlefields or cemeteries. Often we don't even have a true record of what came before.

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      Pamela Oglesby 3 years ago from United States

      I have not had a personal experience like this, but I think many strange things are not able to be explained in any really rationale way. My great grandfather could do telekinesis, and this was reportedly seen my many relatives to my mother when she was young. He caused a table to move across the room with a baby laying in the middle of the table. There were about 4 people that saw this happen. This is not something that has occurred by any other family member, but interesting none the less. I love Will's story. Very interesting.

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      freefogging 3 years ago from Florida

      I grew up in a Haunted House. At the time I was just a child and thought I was just seeing things because of an overactive imagination. Later, as an adult, I found out that the house was built on an Indian graveyard. I also found out that my family was seeing, hearing and feeling the same things that I was. My Dad actually told them to "Go away" (something a co-worker told him to do). He said that after he did that, they never bothered him again. The "Ghosts" looked just like Indians, with face paint and feathered headdresses. I saw them all the time in the upstairs, where our bedrooms were, but never in any other part of the house. It was a scary. They would look in my window, appear in my closet and under the bed. I could "feel" them every time I was upstairs in that house. What a scary childhood it was, for sure!

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      Cynthia 3 years ago from North Myrtle Beach, SC

      Awesome again! Loved it. I watch Paranormal Witness sometimes, but since it is a dramatization, you can't really know one way or the other. I woul love to see the pics that the girl took "to light up the room"!

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      Drive By Quipper 3 years ago from Wrong Side of Town

      My cell phone keeps disappearing . . . then I find it in an odd place.

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      KenWu 4 years ago from Malaysia

      Puzzled??? I should plan one too :)

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      HI Ken, yes sometimes they do fake the poltergeists, I have no idea why though! lol!

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      KenWu 4 years ago from Malaysia

      You have a great advices as per your checklist at the end there. Yeap something, our mind could not function properly especially after we are programmed with such things thru movies.

      The footage shown the moving chair is made up?

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi travmaj, I am so glad you liked it, yes it's a fascinating subject isn't it? thanks!

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      travmaj 4 years ago from australia

      Hi Nell - how very interesting and so well documented. This fascinates me and as a child I remember many stories of happenings that were more or less taken for granted. I must delve more into this - think you've started my curiosity -

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi Z Doe, I said more or less because I have seen scientific programs that have even stated they believe it, but there is always doubt. If you are interested in Quantum Physics you may be interested in watching down the rabbit hole/what the bleep, there are many amazing scientifically proven facts there that are much more amazing, thanks again for reading, nell

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      Z Doe 4 years ago

      "There is something called Telekinesis that has been more or less proved."

      Oh, please, do tell me where this is proven to exist.... even more or less. You seem to be skeptical (as am I) and then come out with something like this. Just because it has a name and some think it exists, doesn't mean it has been proved.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi Gordon, Wow! that's a fascinating story! seems that something definitely was trying to tell you something! strange stuff, and thanks for sharing that, amazing!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi Kitty, yes I do believe you are right, either thought forms or telekinesis, I think I would separate the people and test each one in the house, that way they would figure out who was doing it, thanks so much as always, nell

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      Gordon Hamilton 4 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      Hi, Nell

      I love the way you tackle this subject and provide a wealth of interesting information. I have to admit that I am one of the world's biggest sceptics when it comes to the paranormal but there is one experience from my teens that has never been explained.

      I was about 14, maybe 13. I was at a family party/gathering (can't remember but think it was New Year) and I was alone in the dining room, having noticed that one of my uncles had left his cigarettes in there... I had just lighted up when there was a bloody great crash. Within seconds, family rushed in and although I was caught red-handed smoking, that wasn't their immediate concern.

      There was a glass table at one side of the room. The glass had fallen right through the frame and a knife and fork lay on the undamaged glass, on the floor, in the shape of a cross. There had been no knife and fork near the table and I was at the other end of the room. My family knew I had no time to get away from the table after the crash before they came in. The spooky part is that my uncles tried and tried to fit the undamaged glass through that table frame without success. The glass was (of course) too wide.

      The positive is that I was never pulled up for nicking the fag or smoking - but could it be that I had a guardian angel poltergeist trying to stop me smoking? I'll never know the answer to that, I don't suppose, but it always makes me wonder and hold back from dismissing inexplicable experiences, however seemingly bizarre.

      Enjoyed the read very much.


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      Nicole Canfield 4 years ago from the Ether

      I am truly starting to believe that much of the poltergeist activity we see can be attributed to thought forms of a disturbed or angry teen or even adult. These thought forms manifest themselves and are able to actually manipulate energy and space. I believe that if the person who is experiencing the manifestation of these thought forms continues to focus on the "poltergeist" only feeds it and makes the situation worse. Great article, Nell!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Thanks acaetnna, glad you liked it, nell

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