poltergeist (noun) pol·​ter·​geist | \ ˈpōl-tər-ˌgīst \
: a noisy usually mischievous ghost held to be responsible for unexplained noises (such as rappings)

The German verb poltern means “to knock, and “Geist” is the German word for “spirit.” Parapsychologists Nandor Fodor and William G. Roll suggested that poltergeist activity can be explained by psychokinesis, an alleged psychic ability allowing a person to influence a physical system without physical interaction.

A ghost known for causing physical chaos in its area is known as a poltergeist. Cultures of all kinds had stories of ghosts capable of lifting items, pounding against walls, opening doors, and even attacking others.

Poltergeists seem to be fairly cognizant and capable of understanding that they’re interacting with people. Unlike ghosts, they tend to be malevolent with the intent of scaring or even harming their prey.

Signs of poltergeists are electrical disturbances, rapping or banging on walls (sometimes my neighbors play rap music real loud), objects moving or being thrown, strange smells, levitation of items, and the aforementioned physical attacks.

Sometimes they may be ghost-like, invisible, or a misty apparition. What brings a poltergeist to haunt someone? It’s generally accepted that poltergeists aren’t your normal “spirits,” but rather psychic manifestations of stress or anxiety. Basically, your own mind is causing these haunting episodes. Sometimes they are explainable, like air currents, vibrations caused by underground water currents, electromagnetic disturbances, seismic activity, and ball lightning.

How to make it stop? Some poltergeists will cease if asked nicely. An exorcism or cleaning will typically help. sometimes they may just suddenly stop or fade out over time. Giving them the house works for me.

There have been many good horror movies about poltergeists. The most famous being (wait for it) “Poltergeist”. Others are “The Conjuring”, “Insidious”, “The Entity”, “The Haunting”, “The Amityville Horror”, and “Paranormal Activity”.

Author: Doyle

I was born in Atlanta, moved to Alpharetta at 4, lived there for 53 years and moved to Decatur in 2016. I've worked at such places as Richway, North Fulton Medical Center, Management Science America (Computer Tech/Project Manager) and Stacy's Compounding Pharmacy (Pharmacy Tech).

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