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Ghost? Poltergeist? Tiparillos?

I'm putting this here because I'm tired of folks using poltergeists wrong. They're not just hauntings, waiting around for the Winchesters and their salt and fire. Poltergeists are much more interesting than most folks write them, and I think this article opens the door to some interesting story ideas.

This excerpt from the article basically explains the thing:
Poltergeist is a German word meaning "noisy spirit." It describes many effects such as knocks on walls, objects thrown about by unseen hands, furniture moved, and other occurrences--it is believed that it is caused by the subconscious mind of that individual. It is, in effect, psychokinetic activity, moving objects solely by the power of the mind. The individual is often under emotional, psychological or physical stress (even going through puberty).

here is a link to the whole article.

And don't worry that there's no body to burn--The Internet is full of helpful ways to ditch a poltergeist. ;D

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fufaraw
Nov. 22nd, 2018 05:59 am (UTC)
I mean, does nobody watch Poltergeist anymore? I must be older and more tired than I thought--I'm just handwaving things these days.

Have a good Thanksgiving, Roxy!
roxymissrose
Nov. 22nd, 2018 06:25 am (UTC)
ohmg! It's just that everyone treats them like they're ordinary ghosts, but they're like, a manifestation of the id, or some such shit...like, they're thinky monsters! :D

And a very happy thanksgiving to you too, love! ♥
supernutjapan
Nov. 22nd, 2018 09:42 am (UTC)
That is one interesting interpretation! I wouldn't say the others are wrong though, since I haven't seen any evidence either way. You should write a story with this type of poltergeist.
roxymissrose
Nov. 22nd, 2018 04:13 pm (UTC)
I've actually used this type of poltergeist a few times - when I first started writing SPN, it was the only type I knew of! :D And they're a *lot* of fun to write, all noise and chaos!
madebyme_x
Nov. 22nd, 2018 10:25 am (UTC)
Ohhhh, well that sounds sound a fic to me... ;)
roxymissrose
Nov. 22nd, 2018 04:09 pm (UTC)
*grabs coffee and a pillow*

I'll wait right here. :D
tabaqui
Nov. 23rd, 2018 03:55 pm (UTC)
Yes! It's a little frustrating when writers (including Show) don't use something right and/or ignore the really spiffy aspects of something.

Thanks for the link!
roxymissrose
Nov. 25th, 2018 08:58 pm (UTC)
You're welcome! ♥
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