UFO Conjecture(s)

Friday, January 12, 2007

UFO Abductions: psychic alienation


Alienation 1. A general term, now largely restricted to forensic psychiatry, indicating mental or psychiatric illness or insanity…2. The repression, inhibition, blocking, or dissociation of one’s own feelings so that they no longer seem effective, familiar, or convincing to the patient. Such alienation…is characteristic of obsessive-compulsive psychoneurosis. It may also be seen in the schizophrenias, but in the latter certain organs, body areas, or even the whole body are often perceived as if they did not belong to the person…

[From Psychiatric Dictionary. Fourth Edition, Hinsie and Campbell, M.D.s]

While many of those people who profess to have been abducted (or are being abducted) by alien beings (UFO beings usually) are sincere in their belief, it seems that their experience is brought about by a psychiatric alienation; that is, they have had (or are having) a psychotic episode which manifests itself in the mode of an abduction by alien creatures.

Persons who claim alien abduction could have a psychotic breakdown of one kind or another but opt for the UFO-oriented tale as that is arcane to psychiatry and the public but acceptable as an insanity better than an insanity based on mundane psychoses (caused by chemical imbalances in the human system/brain or existential crises that have become overwhelming).

The Betty/Barney Hill episode of 1961, made public years later, became the template for such episodes. Earlier, similar psychoses were imbued with stories about contact with flying saucer entities from other worlds – the contactees of the 1950s.

Ridicule of that crowd made it unacceptable to later abductees so the alien abduction phenomenon was employed, currently labeled as an “experience” and those affected call “experiencers” – an even more acceptable insanity than alien abduction.

Experiencers truly think they have been abducted or had a bizarre incident where they seemed to have been abducted, They don’t know for sure what happened to them, but that’s exactly what psychiatric alienation professes, sometimes causing a complete disorientation with reality.

Minor mutilations, causing scarring, and other physical affects (abrasions, rashes, misplaced clothing, et cetera) are self-induced, as is the case with most psychotic alienation episodes.

Is there a possibility that abductees or experiencers have had and are having occasion to be abducted, physically or mentally, but an outside force of some kind?

Yes, that is a possibility, one that should be examined by qualified professionals from various fields: psychology, forensics, criminology, psychiatry, medicine, even mythology.

But for all practical purposes, the abduction phenomenon surely has all the earmarks of psychotic episodes, and no matter how much the experiencers think they are far removed from psychosis, their claim to normalcy has to be set aside just as it is when a psychotic claims they are not insane.

Only then can the abduction phenomenon, and its victims, be resolved and those “abducted” cured.


  • Good theory, but unfortunately no evidence has been provided to support it. (Not to mention that psychologists have already stated that people who claim to be abducted are no more 'crazy' than any other member of society.)

    Plus if we are supposed to believe in this theory then we must accept the fact that 'psychotic episodes' happen to a good majority of the population.

    Interestingly, real psychologists, and not the occasional arm-chair variety, have noted that the only thing noticable amongst abductees is that they tend to display symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Of course this would be fitting if the individual is indeed experiencing exactly what they are claiming too, -mainly that beings from elsewhere have the ability to kidnap you, experiment on you, and basicly control your mind whenever they please. In my opinion, that would be enough to create PSTD in just about anybody.

    -Jason Gammon

    By Blogger BoyintheMachine, at Monday, February 05, 2007  

  • The psychological interpretation here is based on the accumulation of responses from abductees, who exhibit all the characteristics of persons who are psychotic or have had a psychotic episode, but remain based, generally, in a normal life-style: their psychoses are temporary, however they are at a psychological tipping point and only their reasoning that they have been abducted by aliens keeps them from a total mental breakdown.

    It's the rationale -- alien abduction -- that keeps them "sane" as it were. Without that crutch, they'd all experience a massive psychological demise.

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Monday, February 05, 2007  

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