Miscellaneous Articles - Types of Hauntings
Written by Bob
Although everything is theories and
opinions vary, the most common types of hauntings seem to generally
fall into five categories:
HAUNTING", also known as "The Stone
Tape Theory", "The Stone Wall Theory" or "Place Memory".
This states that past events (usually traumatic) have been imprinted
in the fabric of a building or the environment, akin to recording
something on video, and under certain conditions these events are
replayed giving rise to "ghostly" images and/or sounds.
This theory can be used to explain a variety of phenomena, including
why people often report seeing the same things happening over and
over again - it's a recording of history repeating itself.
It can also be used to account for why apparitions are apparently
seen to hover or to walk through walls - ground/floor levels change
over the years and doorways are moved during rebuilding, a Residual
Haunting will move about the location as it was in their time.
It must also be remembered that the Residual may be related to an
earlier event on the site before the current building or to building
materials reclaimed from other properties.
Residual is also thought to be associated with previously owned items
such as furniture and the like.
A Residual, being a recording of sorts, is unaware of any viewers
and therefore there is no interaction with the living.
(German, meaning 'Noisy Spirit').
This is mischievous and/or malevolent spirit which usually causes
disturbances and/or the movement of objects and/or damage and/or occasionally
physical assault. This activity is usually focused on an individual
This type of haunting is often associated with homes having children
who are going through, or have just finished, puberty.
Some parapsychologists suggest it has nothing to do with the spirit
world and it's the children themselves - their confused minds unconsciously
projecting telekinetic energies which cause the disturbances.
HAUNTING", also known as a "Genuine
Haunting", an "Intelligent Haunting", a "True
This is an intelligent entity, once a living person, which is capable
of interacting and/or communicating, in real-time, with the living.
Either a spirit which is grounded (confined to a certain location)
or one that is in visitation (one that is free to come and go at will).
Either a Benevolent (good) or a Malevolent (bad) soul.
Proof of this type of haunting would indicate that the mind and personality
survive after death.
Occasionally, an intelligent spirit will communicate, or make themselves
known by throwing an object, or rapping. This is very similar to poltergeist
activity, and care must be taken not to confuse the two.
An ancient spirit associated with either
fire, earth, air or water.
Close to the moment of death, a person may
"project their image" to family and close friends. These
people may perceive this "image" to be a ghost.