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Are poltergeists an economic phenomenon?

 
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PostPosted: 02-01-2013 13:51    Post subject: Are poltergeists an economic phenomenon? Reply with quote

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PostPosted: 28-02-2013 01:56    Post subject: Reply with quote

I strongly suspect that the good Mr Clarke (Author of Ghosts: A Natural History) has been quoted out of context. As far as I know, there's no evidence showing that ghosts are associated with recessions. In fact, I feel a bit silly even typing those words.
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PostPosted: 28-02-2013 14:55    Post subject: Reply with quote

I believe it was Loyd Auerbach who noted: "Poltergeists do not happen in happy families."

(This begs the question of what was wrong in the Wesley household; but with so many kids, somebody was bound to be miserable.)

If this is true, then one would expect poltergeists in houses with long-term unresolveable stresses, like parents who ought to divorce and won't, an extended period of unemployment, or a member with a health condition that drags on forever.
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PostPosted: 28-02-2013 23:10    Post subject: Reply with quote

PeniG wrote:
I believe it was Loyd Auerbach who noted: "Poltergeists do not happen in happy families."


I'd never heard that quote before, but I can quite believe that he was accurate in his diagnosis.

I've lived in around 19 different homes over the years, but the one in which I experienced poltergeist activity was the one in which I was at my unhappiest, which manfiested itself in excema and an eventual case of acute mental illness. I would be hard pushed to explain cause and effect in my own case though. It all seemed to be part and parcel of the same dismal situation.
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PostPosted: 04-03-2013 11:17    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are however many miserable families sans poltergeist & you can always find something wrong in any family if you look hard enough - I believe in the Wesley's household it was largely due to the accession! I seem to remember that Pater Wesley was also not popular with his congregation and the parents did have periods when they were estranged.
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