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A poltergeist is an unseen spirit that many people believe in However psychokinesis could explain some of the paranormal phenomenon that people encounter in their lives Poltergeists unlike ghosts haunt by causing commotions making noises and throwing things around The word poltergeist is derived from two German words--a folklore term polter meaning noisy and the word for spirit geist According to Knight in the popular sense a poltergeist is known as a frisky mischievous spirit that specializes in knocking on walls tossing things like crockery about and performing other supernatural feats In the scientific sense there is no such thing as a poltergeist There is only poltergeist activity--odd things that happen due to some unknown force or power perhaps psychological in nature 9 11 The most destructive thing a poltergeist can do is perform an act of spontaneous combustion says Knight 12 They ignite things around a person especially walls and curtains The flames can be seen from the floor up like a normal fire would be seen It has been reported that flames had gone from the ceiling down as if the devil was there There have even been reports of flames igniting in the middle of the walls as if a line were drawn to stop the flames A person can not extinguish these flames but they should not worry because most of the time the poltergeist is just playing mind games The poltergeist extinguishes the flames with no harm done to the surroundings There have also been reports of people almost completely carbonized found on a bed chair or even on the floor and neither the bed the chair or the floor showed any visible signs of combustion The sexual drive seems to be at the root of paranormal activity Green 2288 Most poltergeist cases target girls and boys just hitting puberty This time in a childs life seems to be stressful both physically and mentally Most of the cases involve girls
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