Poltergeist activity is widely misunderstood. People often mistake ghostly activity for a poltergeist. This is how you can tell the difference between them:
- Ghosts never harm people
- Ghosts rarely move objects
Poltergeist comes from the German for ‘noisy spirit.’ If you have one, you’ll know it. They slam doors, toss objects, turn over furniture, bang walls and, well, make a lot of noise. They’ve also been known to turn off/on appliances and faucets.
Poltergeists cannot form an apparition. You can see activity, like the noise mentioned above, but you never see the poltergeist. If you do see something, you likely have an ‘area haunting,’ which we’ll cover later.
According to Nathan Brown, author of ‘The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Paranormal,’ there are 5 stages of a poltergeist haunting. Each becomes progressively worse:
- Stage 1 – Dormant or passive stage
- Stage 2 – Obvious or detectable activity
- Stage 3 – Increased object-moving activity
- Stage 4 – An individual is targeted by the poltergeist
- Stage 5 – Dangerous activity aimed at an individual
I’ll cover the 5 stages in the next post.
Jacob ‘Jake’ Rice has always loved ghosts and scary stories. When he’s not being a tech nerd for work, he’s the gadget guy on the team. He hunts ghosts, spirits and other paranormal entities in Seattle and the Puget Sound area.