Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Ghosts vs Demons

One question that sometimes comes up during paranormal investigation is how to tell if paranormal activity is the result of a ghost or a demon. There’s no easy answer because the two are so similar. Every case is different. Ghost activity can be mistaken for something demonic and demons are known for imitating human spirits (often the ghosts of young children.) While it can be almost impossible to determine the difference, here are a few points to help narrow down a culprit.


Ghost activity occurs both when people are present and when no one is home.

Ghosts often appear in locations where a tragedy occurred. They also tend to return to locations or items that were important during their life.

Ghosts have the ability to create cold spots in the atmosphere.

Ghost activity is generally harmless. While ghosts might frighten someone, it’s often accidental or playful in nature.

Ghosts usually stay in one location. The rarely leave their territory.


Demonic activity tends to wait to occur until someone is around to witness it.

Demonic activity usually occurs in locations where séances or satanic rituals were (or are) practiced. Look for reversed pentagrams, Ouija boards, candles placed in formation etc…

Demons have the ability to manipulate the temperature in a room. They can make it extremely hot or cold. People suffering from demonic possession sometimes run high fevers.

Demons often try to harm people they encounter. People can be scratched, shoved and may experience vivid nightmares or hallucinations.

Demons sometimes follow people to other locations and may torment them for years.

You should never try and determine whether you have demonic activity without the help of a professional. There are no rules that apply 100% of the time when it comes to ghosts and demons.  I also did a post on the signs of demonic possession a few weeks ago if you are looking for more detailed information.

Feel free to add some of your own differences in the comments!


  1. I would leave differences but then you would ask me where I got my information. lol

  2. Did you see paranormal activity? That demon in that show was pretty damn scary. I had nightmares for days whenever I turned out the light. I could just imagine what a really loud scream followed by a boom that shook the chandelier in the room downstairs would be like to jerk you awake in the middle of the night.

  3. Plus those ppl pissed the demon off. I guess what you should do if you know a demon is messing with you is ignore it completely.

  4. Jennifer, I'm ok with you keeping your sources a secret lol. :)

    Michael, I did see paranormal activity. I still want to see the sequel, though. I think ignoring a demon is probably a good stragedy. :)

    1. Well then you are wrong. Because, ignoring it will just make things worse. If you ignore him he will do anything to make you feel it's presence. There are only two ways to get rid of such things:

      Give him what he wants, for e.g. if he is after anyone leave that person ask him/her to leave you and go somewhere else alone.

      Second one is quite good because it can make you all safe. If you want to know just reply back. Thanks.

  5. I think a lot of it depends on the demon itself. They are all after different things and may respond differently depending on the circumstances.

  6. Ghosts are spirits of the deceased who are bound to the materialistic world for some reason. Demons are beings that were never born humans, they are creatures from another dimension with sinister capabilities.
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