Over the past couple of weeks I have been reading alot of topics relating to ghosts. I have learned a great deal of valuable information from the ATS
forum, and I believe it contains a good number of relevant articles. However, no one has written a topic explaining the various types of hauntings
There are four main categories of hauntings. These would include: Intelligent, Residual, Poltergeist, and Demonic. Each of them share certain
characteristics, but are unique in their haunting "method."
In an Intelligent haunting, the ghost is exactly as the name implies, intelligent. They know you are there, and are capable of interacting with you.
Generally, this type of ghost cannot move a great deal of weight (usually no more than 10 pounds). The most common signs associated with this haunting
are footsteps, banging, temperature changes, shadows, and even full body apparitions.
A few reasons why they may remain here are:
- Violent Death (Murder, Suicide, Car Accident, Fire, ect)
- Not realizing they are dead
- Fear of passing on to the other side
Because this is not an inhuman entity, they are extremely difficult to get rid of. The good news is that this type of spirit, while some may not have
the best intentions, is usually not capable of causing physical damage to the occupants of a house.
A Residual haunting is the most common type of ghostly experience. This is a reoccurring scene from the past. Many of it's traits are similar to that
of an Intelligent haunting, and therefore many people will mistake it for one. This type of haunting is generally not considered to be related to a
ghost, merely an impression that was somehow left behind at a specific site. You will probably recognize this type of haunting by seeing (or hearing)
an event that repeats at a certain time, or in specific conditions.
This haunting is caused by a build up of energy, and is usually goes away after a period of time.
A Poltergeist is a type spirit that is capable manipulating it's environment. This type of activity may start off very small, and is often dismissed,
but a Poltergeist will almost always intensify as time goes on. The activity can range anywhere from bangs, to large furniture being moved across a
room. This type of activity is usually centered around one person.
Poltergeists are thought to be caused by several spirits joining together, at once, to gain the strength to move heavier objects (sometimes much
greater than 10 pounds).
While there is no sure way to get rid of a Poltergeist, it is thought that if you explain how you aren't able to communicate in the way it is
communicating, that it may eventually stop.
A demon is a very rare, inhuman entity. Demonic infestations are very easy to indentify, as their traits are much different than any other type of
haunting. They may growl, change shape, and even injure you. This type of entity is considered to be very dangerous. You will probably be able to pick
these out because of a warmer temperature, or rotten eggs type of smell in the air. Demons have a general hatred towards people.
Any type of satanic activity is thought to increase the likelyhood of their presense.
Religious provocation is the best way to remove this entity.
[edit on 11/5/2006 by JBurns]