Paranormal Terminology
AGENT- a living person who is the focus of poltergeist activity. Typically a teenage female

ANGEL- messenger's of God who can also protect and guide human beings.

ANOMALY- something that is out of place and unexplained.

COLD SPOTS- patches of cool/cold air strewn about haunted locations.

CRISIS APPARITION- an apparition that is seen when a person is seriously ill, seriously injured or at the
point of death.


DEMONOLOGIST- one who studies and practices the art of demonology.  An individual who specializes in
the removal of evil or demonic forces from a given environment using the art of demonology.

DEMONOLOGY- the study of demons or beliefs about demons.


DISEMBODIED- having no physical body.

DIVINING/DOWSING RODS- a forked rod from a tree said to indicate the presence of water or minerals
underground.  May also indicate an energy field.  Can also be made of metal.

DOPPELGANGER- a ghost of the present that looks identical to a living person, but behaves differently.

DIVINATION/DOWSING- interpreting the motions of rods, sticks, pendulums, and other such
instruments to obtain information (also called diving).

DIRECT VOICE PHENOMENON (DVP)- an auditory "spirit" voice that is spoken directly to the sitter's at a
seance.

ECTOPLASM- a substance that allegedly oozes from ghosts or spirits and makes it possible for them to
materialize and perform feats of telekinesis.

ELECTRO-MAGNETIC FIELD (EMF)- a physical field produced by electrically charged objects.  It effects
the behavior of charged objects in the vicinity of the field.

ELECTRONIC VOICE PHENOMENON (EVP)- disembodied voices or sounds that are captured on recording
(audio or video) devices.

EMF DETECTOR- an instrument for measuring the magnitude and direction of a magnetic field typically
used by paranormal researchers to detect a ghost's magnetic energy.

ENTITY- a conscious, interactive ghost.  Any being, including people and ghosts.

EXTRASENSORY PERCEPTION (ESP)- the knowledge of external objects or events without the aid of
senses.

EXORCISM- ridding a person or a location of demons/evil spirits by using religious rites.

EXORCIST- a person who performs the ridding of demons or other supernatural beings who are alleged to
have possessed a person, or (sometimes) a building or even a object.

FEAR CAGE- an area of high EMF readings which can bring out feelings of uneasiness, anxiety and fear.

GHOST- the soul or spirit of a deceased person or animal that can appear, in visible form or other
manifestation, to the living.

GHOST BOX - a 2-way communication device used for communicating with spirits/ghosts.

HAUNTING- repeated manifestations of unexplained phenomenon that occur at a particular location.

HOT SPOT- a site within a haunted location where the activity is prominent and/or energy fields are
focused.

INCUBUS- a demon in male form who, according to a number of mythological and legendary traditions,
lies upon sleepers, especially women, in order to have sex with them.

INTELLIGENT HAUNTING- a haunting by an intelligent or conscious spirit which interacts with living
persons.

LEVITATION- to lift or raise a physical object in apparent defiance of gravity.

MANIFESTATION- the tangible signs of a haunting, including tactile, auditory, olfactory, and visual.

MATERIALIZATION- the act of forming something solid from air.

MEDIUM- a person with the gift of communicating with the dead.

OLD HAG SYNDROME- a sleep phemenomena that involves a feeling of immobilization, suffocation, odd
smells and feelings and is sometimes accompanied by immense fear.

ORBS- round "lights" caught on film (still or video) that are believed by some to be related to paranormal
activity.  Very controversial.  Most appear to be dust, bugs or moisture.

OUJIA BOARD- a flat board marked with letters of the alphabet, the numbers 0-9, the words 'yes' 'no' and
'goodbye'.  The Oujia board can supposedly be used to communicate with spirits of the dead.  NOTE: CAN
UNKNOWNINGLY INVITE DEMONS/EVIL SPIRITS INTO THE HOME. WPI DOES NOT EVER RECOMMEND
THE USE OF OUJIA BOARDS.


PARAPSYCHOLOGY- the study of mental abilities and effects outside the usual realm of psychology.  
Parapsychology includes the study of ESP, ghosts, luck, psycho kinesis, and other paranormal phenomena.

PENDULUM- a small weight at the end of a cord or chain that is usually about six to ten inches long.  The
movement of the weight, when uninfluenced by other factors, can be used to detect areas of paranormal
energy.

POLTERGEIST- german for "noisy ghost", usually associated with knocking or movement of objects, which
usually involves a agent.

PORTENT- something that foreshadows a coming event; omen, sign.

POSSESSION- the entry of a spirit into the body of a willing or unwilling host, in which the spirit takes
control of the individual's motor and cognitive functions.

PSYCHIC- a person who is sensitive beyond the normal mean.  May be able to see and hear things that are
not available to most people.

PSYCHOKINESIS- to move something with the power's of one's mind.  Usually associated with poltergeist
activity.

RESIDUAL HAUNTING- a repeated haunting in which no intelligent entity or spirit is directly involved.  
This is the playback of  a past event, trapped in a continuous loop.  It is often associated with past events
involving great trauma or tragedy.

SEANCE- a meeting of individuals in order to contact the spirit of a deceased loved one or other person
(usually consisting of a medium, assistants, loved ones of the departed, or other interested individuals).

SENSITIVE- a person who professes an ability to perceive information through extrasensory perception  
(ESP).

SHADOW PERSON- dark fleeting entity seen out of the corner of the eye.

SOUL- a soul, in certain spiritual, philosophical, and psychological traditions, is the corporeal essence of
a person of living thing or object.

SPIRIT- the actual consciousness or soul of an individual that has passed on and continues to be observed
in an area.  An angel or demon.

SUCCUBUS- a female demon appearing in dreams, who takes the form of a human woman in order to
seduce men, usually through sexual intercourse.  

TELEKINESIS- the ability to control one's physical environment without using physical manipulation or
force (also known as psycho kinesis, TK, or PK).  Usually associated with poltergeist activity.

TELEPORTATION- a method of transportation in which matter or information is dematerialized, usually
instantaneously, at one point and recreated at another.

WHITE NOISE- a sound, such as running water, which masks all speech sounds.  Used in collection of
EVP's.

WRAITH- an apparition of a living person that appears as a portent, just before that person's death.
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