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for objects being thrown or moved and loud noises. Other claims associated with poltergeist activity include physical attack, odd activity involving electronics, items disappearing only to be found later in place from which it disappeared or elsewhere and even combustion. Activity may be simply mischievous or malicious, though may be harmful regardless of intent. Many poltergeist hauntings begin mild or harmless and progress over time to be extremely dangerous and mean-spirited. They may stop suddenly and permanently.

One theory on the source of poltergeist activity is an angry spirit. Another theory associates it with psychokinesis - the power to move objects with one’s mind, whether the mover is aware of their involvement or not. Many believe that this psychokinesis is associated with someone under great anxiety or emotional trauma, often adolescent girls. The activity may be focused on one person, but significantly impacts everyone around the person.

Poltergeist activity is difficult to debunk due to its intense nature. Many use the psychokinesis as the logical explanation, but this requires one to buy into the concept of psychokinesis itself, a hard sell for many. Others dismiss this activity as errant perception of what they are seeing, hearing or feeling. Some mental health issues

may cause hallucinations of vision, hearing and touch.

or heating may cause the movement. One would also want to research any busy highways, train tracks or fracking in the area for other explanations. Once the mundane has been ruled out, the investigation would move on.

The third concern is whether or not the item is causing the phenomena or simply a part of the phenomena. For example with apportation, an inanimate object is seen to appear or move (such as with telekinesis). This situation would have to be researched scientifically with painstaking measurements as to ascertain whether it is the object itself or if someone or poltergeist activity is causing the issue. It would be important to keep intricate records on date, time and weather conditions. Thus, one would look objectively at the evidence and environment to make a conclusion as to whether the object is indeed the center of the investigation.

If you conclude that the item is still the object of interest, then the client must be consulted for a test of whether the phenomenon stops without the object or client present. Further, an object can be studied outside of the home to see if there are still unexplainable events occurring. As with all alleged phenomena, it is important to conclude whether the energy seems to be residual or active. In most cases, removal of the

object may solve the problem

When we work at classifying ghosts, and trying to explain what they are, sometimes this leads to a discussion of haunted objects. Haunted objects are inanimate things that somehow have energy or “life” of their own. Most theories suggest that an event or person somehow projected energy into the object and thus has made it more than an everyday household item. It can be anything: a painting, a doll, a watch or a cabinet.

The first step is to thoroughly interview the client and anyone else who may have information on the piece’s history. This can be as easy as finding out the object was in the room when a traumatic event occurred or as hard as tracking down multiple owners and doing copious amounts of research. During this step, your goal is to either confirm or debunk alleged legends and stories about the object and move forward with the information you have obtained.

The second concern is to look for any and all natural (or mundane) explanations for an object’s behavior. Check to see that surfaces are level and bookcases are solid. One would check if the object moves during the summer or winter and whether air conditioning

Inanimate Objects