The hypothesis that UFOs are projections of the human psyche (postulated by Carl Jung, Jacques Vallee, and others) is not exactly correct.
UFOs often sneak up on airplanes, people, and radar. They aren’t pre-thought in a calculated way.
They appear from the psychological mechanism of externalization – the apperceptive processes which function on a preconscious level and therefore readily [become] conscious.¹
And UFOs, those that are not secret military or misperceived aircraft, or misperceived natural phenomena -- that is, real UFOs) -- may very well be “created” as a kind of Freudian unconscious wish-fulfillment; a perverse wish-fulfillment perhaps, but nonetheless a psychological necessity for those viewing UFOs.
This means that real UFOs – the truly unexplained kind – derive their “tangibility” from the mind of persons who externalize their desires to experience other realities.
This would explain the diverse configurations of UFOs, since each person externalizes a different view of their personal wish-fulfilling reality.²
UFOs thus realized remain intact and extant, until the person or persons generating them loses interest or is diverted from further psychologizing.
This was the case with the mysterious green fireballs that appeared to Doctor Lincoln La Paz and other scientists in and around Albuquerque, New Mexico in November 1948.
From November 1948 though January 1949 green fireballs invaded New Mexico skies and were seen by La Paz, other scientists, plus intelligence officers and Defense Command people at Kirtland AFB.
A conference was set up in February 1949 with such scientific notables as Edward Teller, Dr. Joseph Kaplan (a world-renowned authority on physics of the upper atmosphere), and Dr. La Paz, among others, to discern the origin of the green fireballs.
The conference concluded that the green fireballs were a natural phenomenon of some kind and recommended that an investigation be started by the Air Force’s Cambridge Research Laboratory, whose purpose (ostensibly) was to study natural phenomena.
In late 1949 Cambridge established Project Twinkle to solve the mystery; the project called for establishing three cinetheodolite stations near White Sands, New Mexico.
When the Korean War started, Project Twinkle silently died (allegedly), along with official interest in green fireballs.³
Once more important events intruded, the desire to see green fireballs (to investigate or measure them) was gone and the fireballs disappeared for officialdom pretty much.
(Green fireballs reappeared sporadically, into the 1950s, and the history of them can be read at:http://www.answers.com/topic/green-fireballs
(One can also conclude that the observation or measurement of the fireballs affected them in the quantum sense, but since they didn’t just change, dying as it were, the quantum affect doesn’t seem to apply.)
The observation of the green fireballs, with the Twinkle Project, is not atypical; other observations and projects – notably Project Blue Book, after the Condon Committee scuttled UFOs, also disappeared, even though UFOs were (and are) still being created by those who continue to foster their alien wish-fulfillment: People want extraterrestrials to save humankind from the woes it experiences.
So, persons don’t project their visionary imaginings on the skies or other people; they actually create UFOs, “tangible” UFOs, by a psychological process known in psychiatric circles as externalization.
Abductees take the process even further, but that for another time.
Psychiatric Dictionary, Fourth Edition, 1971, Hinsie and Campbell, Page 29023
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