posted on Feb, 3 2005 @ 12:19 PM
poltergeist in German literally means "noisy spirit".
Hence the term.
Most cases generally center around a small child, and are believed by many to be manifested telekinesis when the child is emotional. Of course,
nothing is "proven" in this, but the evidence does suggest it for many cases.
Still, there are cases where researchers believe a combination effect is taking place, that an entity is focusing and directing the ability of the
child, in order to do that which it normally could not. The one case I can think of where this seems at play most is the Heartland Ghost case, made
infamous through Sightings. Cameras actually captured cuts appearing on the father's arms out of nowhere, and it remains as one of the most
intriguing poltergeist cases ever.
Fortunately, most seem to be of the former variety, and either the child grows out of the phase, or the child gets less emotional, and the phenomenon
simply goes away...
The term "poltergeist" is generally used when an incident involves the physical manipulation of objects. This generally isn't normally associated
with simple phantoms (psychic impression repeated images) or even ghosts (disembodied entities). However, incidents involving child ghosts often have
some kind of object manipulation involved as well...(such as the railroad crossing where cars are pushed off the tracks by ghostly kids, etc.)
It's a pretty gray term that can cover a variety of phenomena, but generally, the first type is the most common....