The “paranormal” is simply defined as

phenomena that occur to many people which cannot be explained in ordinary terms. The word paranormal means “beside the normal” The Paranormal and/or study of the paranormal is not limited to ghosts, like many people have come to believe. There are many areas that exists within the paranormal field.
 There are three main categories: Mental Physical Miscellaneous

Mental paranormal phenomena usually is best

defined as psychic or medium-like powers in humans. Some of the best examples include:
 ESP (extrasensory perception)  Psychometry  Clairvoyance  Mediumship  Telepathy  Dowsing  OOBE/NDE (out of body experiences/near

death experiences

 A general term used to describe the ability to

obtain information without using the 5 known senses.  Types:
 Clairaudience : The obtaining of information by

hearing sounds or voices; Hearing voices, astral music or discarnate beings.  Clairoleofactor: To have an extraordinary sense of smell, as if you could smell flowers before they bloom or smell trouble before it occurs or death before it happens.   Clairqustance: Tasting a taste with a spirit. Clairsentience : The ability to clearly feel yours and/or another's emotions and sensations.

These are usually things that can be seen or

touched. Examples:
 Poltergeist Activity  Physical Mediumship  Psychic photography  Psychokenesis  Healing

However, apparitions do not usually fall into

this category. Even though you can see them, many still consider them to be mental rather than physical.

A poltergeist is a type of haunting that is

commonly called a “noisy spirit” (the definition in German). Unlike regular hauntings, poltergeists are not location specific but seem to focus on a person or family. Poltergeists can be violent; such as one of the most famous reported cases; The Smurl Family in Pennsylvania experienced a poltergeist that would throw things and the family had also reported sexual harassment by the poltergeist.

These are usually things that cannot be

proved easy or are not as widely accepted by parapsychologists. Examples:
 UFO’s  Stigmata  Cryptids  Alien Abductions  Psychological Phenomena  Corn Circles  Animal Mutilations  Miracles

In most people’s dictionaries, a ghost is the

remnants of a spirit of a person who has passed on, or the spirit of a person who cannot pass on or is bound to earth. There are 5 main categories that reported ghosts have fallen into. They include:
 Residual  Demonic  Interactive/Intelligent  Presences  Poltergeists

A residual haunting is basically an imprint left

behind in an area of a certain event or person. Usually this type of haunting cannot be stopped because the spirit involved has no idea of what is going on and still lives in the same moment of time over and over. If you saw this type, it would seem like a movie clip playing over and over, showing the same thing. The spirits involved do not try to communicate with the living. Usually occurs in places with abundant limestone rock formations. Limestone tends to hold energy.

This type of haunting is caused by a non-

human entity (demon or demon-like entity) Usually starts with simple paranormal activity but increases with time to become more violent. Usually effects families under great amounts of stress or problems; such as psychological/emotional problems.

These are the most commonly reported type

of haunting. They are normal ghost which interact and respond to outside stimuli; such as humans. They often move things, make sounds, and appear.

These are spirits or hauntings that are not

always seen or heard, but felt. Usually a presence is known to be in an area because there is an almost constant feeling of being watched. However, the feelings accompanied with presences are not always negative. Some have reported a comforting feeling when a presence is near. Sometimes presences can bring on a feeling of sickness in people who are sensitive.

See Poltergeist