The paranormal world is more in depth than we can imagine. This is especially true when it comes to the types of hauntings that are experienced by various individuals. Here, you will learn about the four most common types of hauntings that can be experienced – the intelligent haunting, the residual haunting, the poltergeist haunting, and the demonic/inhuman haunting. If you are interested in the paranormal, and want to increase your overall knowledge of hauntings, it is imperative that you learn as much as you possibly can regarding these types of hauntings.
1. Intellegent Hauntings: In this type of haunting, the spirits or entities are aware of themselves and their surroundings. They have the ability to interact with the living and can move about a location as they please. They are often referred to as earthbound spirits, although it is not fully understood why they have chosen to stay. Some believe they have unfinished business, they might not want to leave their loved ones, they might be attachment to a physical object or home, they might be afraid of being judged by god, they might have been addicted to alcohol, tobaco or sex and they know if they cross over they won't have access to the things their addicted to or they might have died suddenly and don't know they're dead. Whatever the case may be, more times than not they don’t want to leave.
Intelligent ghosts will try to get the attention of the living by touching people, moving objects, slamming doors, or making other types of noises. They can appear as an apparition that either looks like a mist or takes on the form of a human. The spirits can answer direct questions, although many times the answers cannot be heard by human ears. This is why paranormal investigators use recording devices and conduct EVP sessions.
These entities can be benevolent and simply need or want interaction with the living, or they can be mischievous. How they behave really depends on why they’re haunting a specific location. They draw energy from their surroundings.
It’s not easy to get rid of intelligent spirits, however, many people have learned to cohabitate with them peacefully. The spirits were once human themselves and are not necessarily evil, so treating them with respect and reasoning with them may be your only option if you plan to continue living in the same location with them.
2. Residual Hauntings: What is actually happening is a scene from the past that is being replayed, over and over again. Many believe that these occurences are a form of energy that has left its imprint in the surrounding atmosphere. These hauntings are caused when a tragic, violent or untimely death occurs.
This is not an intelligent haunting; there is no interaction between you and the spirit. These occurances are played out in the same place at usually the same time of day/night or year indefinitely until the energy is
exhausted or diminishes to a low enough level that is undetectable by human perception.
3. Poltergeist Hauntings - This is a spirit, usually mischievous and usually malevolent, which can manifest its presence by making noises, moving objects, and assaulting people. The most common types of
poltergeist activities experienced are: hearing loud noises, voices, and growling, furniture being moved or thrown, foul smells, physical attacks such as biting, pinching, scratching, punching, and being thrown.
They can cause fires, interference in telephones and electronic equipment, and can turn lights and appliances on and off. Poltergeist activity usually starts and stops abruptly. The activity almost always occurs at night and in the presence of a certain person. Typically this is the “agent,” an individual who seems to serve as a focus or magnet for the activity.
4. Demonic/Inhuman Hauntings: This type of haunting is similar to a traditional haunting because the entity is intelligent and can interact with you. The difference is the entity was never human. They are
characterized by a strong, foul oder, similar to sulfur or rotting garbage. While most hauntings are accompanied by a feeling of cold, demons often warm the area around them. With most demonic hauntings, the victims claim to see black mists, black fog or black shadows.
These entities are malevolent, extremely violent and are known to harm its victims both physically and emotionally. Demonic possession, in which the body of a human victim is "taken over" by the demon or demons occures in three steps: depression, oppression and then possession.
Professional help from a priest, minister or demonogist is needed to banish the entity.