It's important in the
interest of appearing professional that you are
knowledgeable in the different types of
First lets define what a haunting is.
is the act of a person or thing that haunts;
definition is a bit vague so to further refine
our definition lets look at the definition of
the term Haunt.
To inhabit, visit, or appear to in the form of a
ghost or other supernatural being.
could clearly see that in the definitions listed
above a "Haunting" is a ghost or supernatural
being that visits, appears or inhabits a
location. These of course are the paranormal
definitions of a haunting and a haunt, as we all
know a song can haunt you as well as a thought
or even an ex-boyfriend or ex-girlfriend so
remember that this definition is only for the
definition of a haunting fresh in our minds lets
take a look at some of the theoretical causes of
an alleged haunting. There are many "causes" to
hauntings believed by many investigators
worldwide. While these theories seem to have
basis and plausibility the truth is that it is
simply unknown what truly causes a haunting. It
is important to remember that the following few
statements are theories only.
is, and is the most widely believed, that the
"ghost" has unfinished business with this world
and that it has anchored the spirit to this semi
conscious life. This theory while commendable in
its assumptions cannot be proved. This is why it
is still considered theory. Though this is
probably the more accurate of the theories.
of a dearly departed will return to earth as a
guardian spirit sent by God. A truly comforting
theory to say the least but it doesn't answer
the fact that these spirits sometimes will play
pranks or interact with you or even cry for help
and final theory that will be covered today is:
demons and angels that pose as our loved ones to
corrupt us or inspire us. Interesting to say the
least but yet not completely perfect. Perhaps
all three may combine into an ultimate answer or
maybe it is just left to the unknown. The answer
to What causes a Haunting may never be truly
What we do
know is that natural causes explain over eighty
percent of all claims.
all natural causes that could explain our sudden
claims of ghosts. Though this list is not
exhaustive and again this is theoretically some
natural causes. However these things listed
above have been clinically proved to be harmful
to your health.
at the different classifications of hauntings
now. There are several different types of
classifications of hauntings. These
classifications help identify the extent of the
activity and even could determine the validity
of a claim.
It is important to remember that
these are the guidelines that paranormal
investigators use while interviewing clients to
determine the type of activity that could be
anticipated during an investigation. These
classifications are the most commonly used by
paranormal investigators and are but one way of
thinking about hauntings. However these
classifications are proving to be pretty
definitive when corresponding to collected
intelligent haunting is a haunting in which the
afflicting spirit can and will interact and
often communicate with the client and or
investigators. This type of haunting occurs
sometimes, this is not the most common form of
haunting but will be encountered more than most
an intelligent haunting:
Responsive and interactive activity
Objects being moved or influenced
Random acts of paranormal activity
of haunting is by far the most common form of
haunting. However the definition of a residual
haunting is noticeably different than an
intelligent class haunting.
classification there isn't any form of
interaction at all. It is believed to be a
series of past events played over and over in an
endless loop. These events can have a set day
and time known as an " Anniversary Imprint".
They may be just as random as the previous form
but cant respond or interact. It is believed
that the spirit might also have no idea that it
is dead and a ghost.
of a Residual Haunting:
Activity only noticed on certain days or
Spirit is unable to communicate or
unresponsive/unable to interact
look at the less common classifications of
hauntings. These forms though may occur and may
be encountered it is important to realize that
less than one percent of all actual hauntings
consist of the next two classes. These are the
classifications that Hollywood likes to prey
upon and distort and make popular. The next two
classifications we will look at are:
noisy ghost; an entity or energy that displays
sensational interaction with the physical
environment, and manifests only when a specific
individual or individuals are present
Or a ghost
that manifests itself by noises, trappings or
creating disorder. This particular haunting can
be "life disrupting". This means that it will
cause such a disturbance that normal everyday
life will become impossible. It is necessary to
remember that this form of haunting is extremely
before this haunting will more than often be
associated with a specific individual and in
most cases this individual is a CHILD!
at some theoretical causes of a poltergeist:
poltergeist is initiated by pent-up stress on a
subconscious level, often explained as
uncontrolled psycho kinetic activity or
'Recurrent Spontaneous Psychokinesis' (RSPK).
This RSPK can theoretically be channeled and
focused by high deposits of Lime stone and
quartz. This theory supports all skeptics
everywhere, it suggests that pent up stress on
your mind may cause delirium resulting in
hallucinations that are precieved as a less than
probably the more accurate theory and is a valid
psychoanalysis of a alleged poltergeist
Jumping to this conclusion prematurely can bring
question to ones professionalism.
of a human or doppelganger that is exhibiting
malicious and violent tendencies. This spirit is
often believed to be a person who once lived at
the location that is unhappy with the current
inhabitants or died at the location in a
horrible and or violent way. Interestingly
enough this theory has some basis to it. Though
it can possibly be plausible this theory in
itself is flawed. A spirit that has had a
violent death more often than not will cry out
for help rather than lash out in a violent way.
said it can be concluded that a violent or
malicious "Poltergeist" could be classified as
our next designation "Non-Human".
Characteristics of a Poltergeist:
Movement and hurling around of inanimate,
often extremely heavy, objects.
opening and closing of doors and windows by
no visible means.
Unexplained noises such as voices, moans,
screams, explosions, crashes, raps, thumps,
scratches and knocks on floors, doors and
walls, heavy footsteps, bed-shaking.
breaking of household objects such as
destruction of garments, the throwing of
stones, rocks and dirt, bad smells,
appearance of pools of water on floors, the
malfunctioning of electrical equipment,
telephone ringing, the unexplained
appearance of objects ('apports'),
apparitions and even physical assault.
and final classification of haunting we will
look at is "Non-Human". This classification is
normally known as Demonic... For purposes of
fairness and length this term has combined all
Non-Human spirits together.
Angels, Demons and
Deities are covered briefly in this section. It
is noted that this section is concurrent to
peoples personal religious beliefs, it should
also be noted that as a paranormal investigator
one should be impartial and open minded to the
clients beliefs even if they don't reflect their
own. This section will be briefly touched on as
there is really no way that any of the following
could be proved scientifically.
classification can be broken down into three
are probably not a class we would consider a
haunting and are definitely the most welcome of
the spiritual visitors. Think of your guardian
angel if you believe in such a being.
or gods are again not a class we would consider
a haunting and again are probably welcome
spirits. Ancient Greeks were often visited by
what they believed were their "Gods", such as
the many infidelities of Zeus.
classes however do need characteristics to be
mentioned as the next class can impersonate
these classes to obtain what they desire.
are the final classification of haunting that we
may encounter in the "Non-Human" category. Even
if you do not believe in some form of religion
most people believe in some form of evil
creatures that plague our world. Though these
creatures are extremely rare we may encounter
demonic hauntings. These hauntings are never easy to
deal with. These are malicious and violent and
pose just as much danger to the client as they
Characteristics of Demonic hauntings:
Violent and harmful spiritual attacks.
Spirits doppelganging as other human spirits
to gain the trust of the living.
Sudden changes in the attitude of the
residents and or children.
Markings and scratches on the body of
important to note that these hauntings may
require the help of religious leaders and other
trained demonologists. Do not provoke or invoke
demons and certainly never invite.
lets look at some ways you may be able determine
the classification of a haunting for yourself or
for your own investigations, as these articles
are to foremost educate others in the paranormal
field as well as help those who need
clarification to better understand what they may
some of the methods used by paranormal
investigation groups worldwide:
the client's answers we could determine the
characteristics and classify the alleged
personal experiences at the location (If
experiences can allude to the type of haunting
we are dealing with and help determine "hot
spots" to investigate.
the evidence collected at a location.
hauntings aren't clear or can be multiple types
at once and could be confusing in this case we
use the collected evidence to determine the type
and or classification.
Research the characteristics/ claims prior
to the investigation.
hand in hand with asking the client questions.
these methods are common to Paranormal
Investigators and again are not the "only"
method of determination. As you become more
experienced your own instincts will determine
the proper method for you to use.
Only time and
patience will decide your niche within this
field. Understanding takes a while and while you
may be experiencing these phenomena it is
important to realize that though many of what
was mentioned in this article is widely believed
and used by the pros, these are still only
theories and as such are not one hundred percent
Only further research may shed a
little more light on the unknown world of the