By Susan A. Clancy
They're tiny. they're tall. they're grey. they're eco-friendly. They survey our global with huge, immense gleaming eyes. To behavior their surprising experiments, they creep in at evening to hold people off to their spaceships. but there isn't any proof that they exist in any respect. So how may possibly someone think she or he used to be kidnapped by means of extraterrestrial beings? Or are looking to think it? to reply to those questions, psychologist Susan Clancy interviewed and evaluated "abductees"--old and younger, female and male, non secular and agnostic. She listened heavily to their stories--how they struggled to provide an explanation for anything unusual of their remembered adventure, how abduction appeared believable, and the way, having suspected abduction, they started to recall it, aided by way of advice and hypnosis. Clancy argues that abductees are sane and clever those who have unwittingly created brilliant fake thoughts from a poisonous mixture of nightmares, culturally to be had texts (abduction stories all started merely after tales of extraterrestrials seemed in movies and on TV), and a strong force for which means that technology is not able to meet. For them, otherworldly terror can turn into a remodeling, even inspiring adventure. "Being abducted," writes Clancy, "may be a baptism within the new faith of this millennium." This booklet is not just a refined exploration of the workings of reminiscence, yet a delicate inquiry into the character of trust. (20051101)
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The aliens looked more like those, not like the more typical ones. I’d be walking to school and then POP—an alien would be in my head. Sometimes I’d hit my fist against a wall, because then the pain would help me think of something else. I really thought I was going crazy. After a while, I told a friend—Rob. I think you spoke with him; he’s a graduate student at the Divinity School. He gave me a book to read. The book was called Abduction or Abductions and it was written by a famous psychiatrist at Harvard.
A major problem with my research on false-memory creation by victims of alleged sexual abuse was that it was almost impossible to determine whether they had, in fact, been abused. I needed to repeat the study with a population that I could be sure had “recovered” false memories. Alien abductions seemed to fit the bill. The plan was simple: find people who believed they had been abducted by aliens, get them into the lab, interview them about their memories, and then run them through some of the paradigms I had used with the sexual-abuse victims.
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