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 is not any proof that they exist in any respect. So how may well an individual think she or he used to be kidnapped via 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, spiritual and agnostic. She listened heavily to their stories--how they struggled to provide an explanation for anything unusual of their remembered event, how abduction appeared believable, and the way, having suspected abduction, they started to recall it, aided via advice and hypnosis. Clancy argues that abductees are sane and clever those that have unwittingly created vibrant fake thoughts from a poisonous mixture of nightmares, culturally on hand texts (abduction reviews started in basic terms after tales of extraterrestrials seemed in movies and on TV), and a strong force for that means that technology is not able to fulfill. For them, otherworldly terror can develop into a reworking, even inspiring event. "Being abducted," writes Clancy, "may be a baptism within the new faith of this millennium." This publication isn't just a refined exploration of the workings of reminiscence, yet a delicate inquiry into the character of trust. (20051101)
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Nope, don’t know how I got it. . Nope, not sure when it’s going to go away. . Contagious? Don’t think so. . What is it? ”). But this isn’t the case with abductees. For them, what happened is meaningful and they want to know the cause. The search for meaning is the catalyst for alien-abduction beliefs, but this quest hardly makes abductees unusual. Thinking about oneself, trying to understand why one has certain disturbing or baffling emotions, is a cultural preoccupation, and finding causes for personal experiences and feelings is a major industry.
But as it turned out, most people who answered the ad merely believed they’d been abducted: in fact, they had no detailed personal memories of their abduction experience. An initial phone screening would reveal that, yes, they thought they’d been abducted by aliens, so we would set up an interview at my office. ” “Oh, I don’t have memories,” they’d say. I was amazed. “You don’t have any memories of the experience? ” Because, I was told, their memories had been rendered inaccessible. ” Whatever the mechanism endorsed, the consequence was the same: there were no personal memories of the abduction.
I al- How Do People Come To Believe They Were Abducted By Aliens? ” Even if people did know how to think probabilistically and parsimoniously, would they? Even if they understood that anecdotal reports don’t count as evidence, that the probability of alien life is infinitesimally low (never mind alien life that defies all known laws of physics, biology, and chemistry to abduct you from your bedroom and mate with you), would they think any differently? I doubt it. Lots of crash courses in scientific thinking might whittle down the number of people who “believe,” but believers would still exist.
Abducted: How People Come to Believe They Were Kidnapped by Aliens by Susan A. Clancy