The terms alien abduction or abduction phenomenon describe “subjectively real memories of being taken secretly against one’s will by apparently nonhuman entities and subjected to complex physical and psychological procedures”. While many of these claimed encounters are described as terrifying, some have been viewed as pleasurable or transformative. Few experiencers “didn’t physically go anywhere.
This mantis-like creature is reminiscent of the insectoid-type entity .
When psychologist and UFO researcher Don Donderi said that these cases were “evidence of psychological processes” that did not “have anything to do with a physical alien abduction,
“the experiencer had eye burns, saw lights and there seemed to be residual poltergeist activity.
Due to a lack of any substantial physical evidence, most scientists and mental health professionals dismiss the phenomenon as “deception, suggestibility (fantasy-proneness, hypnotizability, and false-memory syndrome), personality, sleep phenomena, psychopathology, psychodynamics [and] environmental factors”.
THE CONTENTS OF THE ABDUCTION NARRATIVE OFTEN SEEM TO VARY WITH THE HOME CULTURE OF THE ALLEGED ABDUCTEE. ALTHOUGH DIFFERENT CASES VARY IN DETAIL. THEY GENERALLY FOLLOW THE SEQUENCE NOTED BELOW, THOUGH NOT ALL ABDUCTIONS FEATURE ALL THE EVENTS:
CAPTURE. The abductee is forcibly taken from terrestrial surroundings to an apparent alien space craft.
EXAMINATION AND PROCEDURES. Invasive physiological and psychological procedures, and on occasion simulated behavioral situations, training & testing, or sexual liaisons.
CONFERENCE. The abductors communicate with the abductee or direct them to interact with specific individuals for some purpose.
TOUR. The abductees are given a tour of their captors’ vessel, though this is disputed by some researchers who consider this definition a confabulation of intent when just apparently being taken around to multiple places inside the ship.
LOSS OF TIME. Abductees often rapidly forget the majority of their experience, either as a result of fear, medical intervention, or both.
RETURN. The abductees are returned to earth, occasionally in a different location from where they were allegedly taken or with new injuries or disheveled clothing.
THEOPHANY. Coinciding with their immediate return, abductee may have a profound sense of love, a high, or “mystical experience”, accompanied by a feeling of oneness with God, the universe, or their abductors. Whether this is the result of a metaphysical change, Stockholm syndrome, or prior medical tampering is often not scrutinized by the abductees at the time.
AFTERMATH. The abductee must cope with the psychological, physical, and social effects of the experience.
The entire abduction event is precisely orchestrated. All the procedures are predetermined. There is no standing around and deciding what to do next. The beings are task-oriented and there is no indication whatsoever that we have been able to find of any aspect of their lives outside of performing the abduction procedures.[
Abduction claimants report unusual feelings preceding the onset of an abduction experience. These feelings manifest as a compulsive desire to be at a certain place at a certain time or as expectations that something “familiar yet unknown,” will soon occur. Abductees also report feeling severe, undirected anxiety at this point even though nothing unusual has actually occurred yet.This period of foreboding can last for up to several days before the abduction actually takes place or be completely absent.
Eventually, the experiencer will undergo an apparent “shift” into an altered state of consciousness.” External sounds cease to have any significance to the experiencer and fall out of perception. They report feeling introspective and unusually calm. This stage marks a transition from normal activity to a state of “limited self-willed mobility.”
As consciousness shifts one or more lights are alleged to appear, occasionally accompanied by a strange mist. The source and nature of the lights differ by report, sometimes the light emanates from a source outside the house (presumably the abductors’), sometimes the lights are in the bedroom with the experiencer and transform into alien figures.
As the alleged abduction proceeds, claimants say they will walk or be levitated into an alien craft, often through solid objects like walls or a window. Alternatively, they may experience rising through a tunnel with or without the abductors accompanying them into the awaiting craft.
The examination phase of the so-called “abduction narrative” is characterized against or irrespective of the will of the experiencer. Such procedures often focus on sex and reproductive biology. However, the literature holds reports of a wide variety of procedures allegedly performed by the beings.
Subsequent abduction procedures
Common among these post-examination procedures are what abduction researchers refer to as imaging, envisioning, staging, and testing.
“Imaging” procedures consist of an abductee being made to view screens displaying images and scenes that appear to be specially chosen with the intent to provoke certain emotional responses in the abductee.
“Envisioning” is a similar procedure, with the primary difference being that the images being viewed, rather than being on a screen, actually seem to be projected into the experiencer’s mind.
“Staging” procedures have the abductee playing a more active role, according to reports containing this element. It shares vivid hallucination-like mental visualization with the envisioning procedures, but during staging the abductee interacts with the illusionary scenario like a role player or an actor or a highly spiritual soul or a prophet
“Testing” marks something of a departure from the above procedures in that it lacks the emotional analysis feature.
During testing the experiencer is placed in front of a complicated electronic device and is instructed to operate it. The experiencer is often confused, saying that they do not know how to operate it. However, when they actually set about performing the task, the abductee will find that they do, in fact, know how to operate the machine.
Bullard also studied the 300 reports of alien abduction in an attempt to observe the less prominent aspects of the claims. He notes the emergence of four general categories of events that recur regularly, although not as frequently as stereotypical happenings like the medical examination.
These four types of events are:
Chronologically within abduction reports these episodes tend to happen in the order listed, between the examination and the return. After allegedly displaying cold callous disregard towards the abduction experiencers, sometimes the entities will change drastically in behavior and become more relaxed and hospitable towards their captive.
THEY THEN HOLD A CONFERENCE WITH THE EXPERIENCER, WHEREIN THEY DISCUSS THINGS RELEVANT TO THE ABDUCTION PHENOMENON.
An interrogation session
The tour seems to be given by the alleged abductors as a courtesy in response to the harshness perhaps traveling on a “journey” to orbit around Earth or to what appear to be other planets.
Some abductees find that the experience is terrifying, particularly if the aliens are of a more fearsome species, or if the abductees was subjected to extensive probing and testing.
Eventually the abductors will return the abductees to terra firma, usually to exactly the same location and circumstances they were in before being taken.
Usually, explicit memories of the abduction experience will not be present, and the abductee will realize they have experienced “missing time” upon checking a timepiece.
Physician and abduction researcher John G. Miller sees significance in the reason a person would come to see themselves as being a victim of the abduction phenomenon.
He terms the insight or development leading to this shift in identity from non-abductee to abductee the “realization event.”
The realization event is often a single, memorable experience, but Miller reports that not all abductees experience it as a distinct episode. Either way, the realization event can be thought of as the “clinical horizon” of the abduction experience.
Trauma and recovery
Most people alleging alien abductions report invasive examinations of their bodies] and some ascribe psychological trauma to their experiences. Alleged abductees claim their memories of the abduction events have caused posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Support groups for people who believed they were abducted began throughout the United States, Canada and Australia.
Many alien abductees recall much of their abduction(s) through hypnosis. Because of this, it is claimed by some skeptics that the vast majority of evidence for alien abduction is based on memories ‘recovered’ through hypnosis.
Due to the extensive use of hypnosis, the abduction narratives are frequently explained by skeptics as false memories and suggestions by the hypnotherapist
Alleged abductees seek out hypnotherapists to try to resolve issues.
FEW STEPS ARE HYPOTHESIZED TO LEAD TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF FALSE MEMORIES:
- A person is predisposed to accept the idea that certain puzzling or inexplicable experiences might be telltale signs of UFO abduction.
- The person seeks out a therapist, whom he or she views as an authority and who is, at the very least, receptive to this explanation and has some prior familiarity with abduction reports.
- Alternatively, the therapist frames the puzzling experiences in terms of an abduction narrative.
- There is increasing commitment to the abduction explanation and increasing anxiety reduction associated with ambiguity reduction.
- The therapist legitimates or ratifies the abductees’ experience, which constitutes additional positive reinforcement.
- The client adopts the role of the “victim” or abductee, which becomes integrated into the psychotherapy and the client’s view of self.
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