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Poltergeist is a German word for mischievous spirit; also known as noisy spirit. No one precisely knows what a poltergeist is. It is thought by many to be a mischievous and low-grade entity of pure spirit, and is not the spirit of a deceased person.
There are 3 theories of poltergeists:
1) One school of thought which attributes poltergeist activities to the unconscious actions of a human being, usually an adolescent. Adolescent girls are more often associated with them than adolescent boys. The manifestations have been known to cease when the adolescent is removed. They have been known to recur in the place to which the adolescent has gone. Adolescents have been strongly suspected of causing the activities by trickery.

2) The possibility of possession, total or partial, when they go into a deep trance, their bodies, brain, speaking mechanism and everything physical seeming to be taken over completely by another entity, usually their benevolent guide, but sometimes a deceased person with whom contact is being sought. In a case of complete possession, any trickery should presumably be attributed solely to the possessing entity; but in a case of partial possession, it is difficult to know who or what is responsible or to what extent.

3) The poltergeist needs to draw power from a human being before it can operate and that, for some reason unknown, it finds a source of power in an adolescent which is more easily tapped than that in a child or fully grown person. A donor whose power is being tapped is not conscious of the tapping operation, and may be as perturbed as others at the manifestations to which he or she is unwittingly contributing; but when, the donor is withdrawn, the manifestations cease for lack of power or sometimes are transferred to the donor's new locality.

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