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Difference Between Ghost and Poltergeist

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Even though one can come across many similarities between a ghost and a poltergeist, there are many differences that set them apart. A ghost like activity is known as ‘haunting’ while a poltergeist like activity is termed as ‘disturbance”.

First of all we can see how they differ in their origin. Ghosts are considered to be spirits of the deceased human beings, who still refuse to leave the realm of the living. They seem to appear in different forms like complete bodies, transparent entities and foggy mists. Poltergeists are considered to be forms of energy, which a living person controls unknowingly.

While a poltergeist shows its presence by moving or influencing physical objects, a ghost simply makes an appearance. A ghost can be seen but a poltergeist cannot be. Some theories also say that a ghost is a living soul and a poltergeist is a manifestation of negative energy left by some gruesome death. It has also been said that ghosts are passive souls of the dead and poltergeists are aggressive souls of the departed.

While ghosts are linked with specific places where certain gruesome activities like murders have taken place. To be more specific, Ghosts may haunt a house where he or she might have been murdered or may visit the house he had lived for long. Ghosts are also known to haunt the places where the deceases used to visit before his or her death. But Poltergeists are not confined to any particular area. They are usually associated with specific objects and persons. But there are some theories that say that poltergeists can be linked to multiple objects and multiple people.

Coming to the energy levels of ghosts and Poltergeist, the ghost energy is continuous over time, the Poltergeist energy is built up over time. The energy reaches a climax and then slows down and then again climaxes in a Poltergeist.

Though the appearance of a ghost can cause mental terror, they are not violent in any sense. Meanwhile, a poltergeist is dangerous, inflicting both physical and mental terror.

When Ghosts can be sent away their abodes, it is difficult to sent away a poltergeist. Religious ceremonies are conducted for sending away the ghosts to the other realm. For sending away a poltergeist, the correct agent has to be identified. The emotional and physical attitudes come a long way in handling a poltergeist.

The concept of ghost and Poltergeist are entirely based on human beliefs.

1.Ghosts are considered to be spirits of the deceased human beings, who still refuse to leave the realm of the living. Poltergeists are considered to be forms of energy, which a living person controls unknowingly.
2.While a poltergeist shows its presence by moving or influencing physical objects, a ghost simply makes an appearance.
3.Gosts are passive souls of the dead and poltergeists are aggressive souls of the departed.

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  1. This was very helpful in a school project. This is going to be a site I go on all the time. I am really into this stuff. Very nice website and very informative.

  2. What about the scratches ? I had 3 or 4 long scratches on my arm a few months ago after spending a few nights in a motel right across from a cemetery. What did this?

    • Ghost don’t cause any physical activity. They can spread cold air or even smells. But scratching can only be caused by demons or poltergeists.
      It seems highly unlikely to me that your scratches are caused by a poltergeist or any paranormal activity. For a poltergeist wouldn’t physically harm someone at first. poltergeists are known to build up their activity (first making noises, then moving things around, maybe touch you lightly, later they could actually harm someone) and thereby it wouldn’t have stopped after you left the place, since poltergeists tend to follow victims around.
      I think you should look into natural causes of your scratches: Scratched yourself in your sleep because of mosquito bites? bed bugs? (likely in a motel) sharp edges around the bed you could’ve hurt yourself on? or a very fanatic bedpartner if you know what I mean ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • I’m writing about an encounter with something evil in our house, I really don’t know it was a poltergeist or a ghost but what I know is it was smelly and it could disturb electrical wiring in our house.

      • Hi again. I meant to say when I spent the night at the motel, the whole night I experienced weird things happening. Like toilet flushing, tv changing channels and the remote untouched. Then I woke up and ready to check out , as I walked from room to my car i felt the severe burning sensation on my arm. These scratches were not imposed by me.

    • It is a demon. I was haunted by a polterguist for many many years and it followed me everywhere. But if a demon scratches you that means it is trying to mark you as it’s own. Get help immediatly!

  3. Poltergeists are demons, simple as that. It is not caused by the living or just angry earthbound spirits/ghosts. Demons have more energy and are able to do more harm than a typical ghost/haunting. I know there are other psychic-mediums out there who like to say it’s caused by the living (via hormonal changes or stress or what not) but that is BS (Dead Files comes to mind). I speak from experience in this matter as a psychic-medium/paranormal investigator. I also believe portals are often associated with demons and there is often trapped souls (in hell) who can act demonic as well. However, that doesn’t mean that earthbound ghosts can’t be malevolent, however they are limited in what they can do. If you’re getting scratched/bruised, smelling rotten smells of decay/death, getting activity around 1-3AM, hearing moans/growls, having objects move or be thrown–including religious items, getting suddenly ill/angry/depressed (oppression), among other signs, then you’re dealing with a demon.

    • I completely agree. Although a poltergeist energy is depended on what sort of things it does, first of all, you need to figure out how many your dealing with, second of all, you need to document what happens, even if you believe it was just you imagination, write it down! And last of all, learn the history of your house, and the area of where your house is, preferably within a 10-mile radius, in case a person visited the house and was murdered in it.

  4. The scratches came after I left the room and walked out to the parking lot of the motel to my car. During that walk is when I felt a burning sensation on my arm. I looked down and saw the scratches. The scratches did not happen inside the motel. I know for fact when I felt them and where I was at .

  5. I remember when I was approx 12 years old I always use to comb my hair in the lounge against a mirror on the wall opposite the door wich was always locked shut .
    On this particular day as everyday I unlocked the door and was combing my hair when I clearly saw behind me in the mirror a large 3 seater settee move forward across the room I immediately screamed ran out pulling door shut behind me everyone came running I was shaking outside the door in the passage I explained what heโ€™d happened and when my mum opened the door I followed her in the settee was back against the wall in its normal place no one would believe me but no one left or went into that room and the settee moved straight fast into the middle of the room it was a very heavy sette no one person could move it .
    But iam 58 now that still remains in my memory like it happened yesterday

  6. I was haunted by a polterguist for many many years. It was horrible! It built up over the years. I was wrapped in my shower curtain and could not break free. I was shocked all night every night with what felt like bolts of electricity. It began apporox a yr after my brother had passed away and it would follow me everywhere. To hotels in Florida to multiple apartments here in NY to my mother’s. Only after an acceptance and change of attitude has it finally began to subside. It drove me so insane after night after night of not sleeping that I actually considered suicide. I remember laying there 1 night with my AR15 pointed under my throat. I did not go threw with it after some thought but came close. I did drugs sparingly as a kid and know this is not a result of that but after about a year of constant abuse and not being able to sleep, I discovered a drug GHB that I could use and not stay awake. Xanex did not work, nothing worked! I was tortured every single night! And sometimes during the day. So I literally had to date rape myself in order to get sleep. I pray for anyone that has any issues with a polterguist.


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