The word poltergeist means “noisy or mischievous ghost” and the term comes from the German words “poltern,” which means to make noise and “geist,” which means ghost. Poltergeist hauntings usually take the form of objects moved, hidden or thrown, disturbing noises, interference with electronic devices, physical attacks and even spontaneous combustion. Objects have also been known to disappear and reappear. Ghosts can be the culprits for these disturbances but some incidents are believed to be the result of psychokinesis (PK), the power to move objects with the mind, consciously or unconsciously. If you have ever watched the movie “CARRIE”, there are some great examples of telekinesis in it! If PK is the cause of the haunting, the individual is most likely moving the objects — unknowingly and unconsciously, due to a compounding of some overwhelming stress or emotional angst the person is suffering in life. Poltergeist hauntings have often been associated with young adolescent girls; however, they are not limited to that group. The haunting usually affects a person, female or male, who is possibly under great duress. However, it takes its toll on the whole household or group. Poltergeist hauntings can be sometimes playful or sometimes malicious. When the intent is malicious, objects might be placed in such a way that could cause harm. The hauntings usually start out slowly and increase in intensity until they reach their peak. This is when the occurrences can be the most dangerous, requiring removal of the spirit. However, sometimes the disturbances stop abruptly and are never repeated again.