Ufology and wish-fulfillment
Psychiatry, today, is not prone to pursue Freud’s emphasis on wish-fulfillment for dreams or anything else.
Jung was loath to expand on Freud’s concept, especially as it applied to dreams.
But taking away the psychoanalytic patina of wish-fulfillment, one can see the desire of many UFO buffs to find an extraterrestrial explanation for UFOs.
They, ET-wishers, have a fear or longing, to escape from this existent drudge that many find themselves in.
In the UFO field or community one can see, rather obviously, a need for ET relief – they will save us, they will excite us with new technologies, new medicines, an exotic experience – and a concomitant need for fame or financial gain, the latter a delusion that many UFOers think exists.
One can find exorbitant needs to prove one is brilliant. (This blog is an example some think.) Commentary in most UFO blogs often consists of strident forms exhibiting an intelligence that is just not there.
One can see persons who became emerged in the UFO field to assuage their failures in their before-UFO careers: Stanton Friedman, Linda Moulton Howe, Jerome Clark, et al. (You can cite, yourselves many other inconsequential wannabes.)
But the great mass of UFO followers consist of persons who really only want to make their lives exciting, fulfilled by a need for extraterrestrials, often replacing a god or God.
In a sub-genre, I could – but won’t for various reasons – offer “evidence” that the Roswell slide group and participants were less trying to con the public and ufologists than trying to fulfill their belief that ETs crashed in Roswell and the U.S. government has confiscated the alien bodies involved, keeping them secret for obtuse reasons.
Some readers here like to attribute lying to those who see UFOs harboring interest in nuclear plants and missile sites, while those who seek and think they’ve found valid accounts of such activity are merely following their delusional need for an ET presence on Earth, a folly that I’ve tried to address here.
So-called abductees are extreme examples of a need for ET-saviors (like the angels and demons of old) or a need to gain some fame (notoriety) for their pathetic lives. (One doesn’t find famous or successful persons saying they’ve been abducted by alien beings.)
Wish-fulfillment is an underlying stratification for those with psychological needs, and UFOs offer, because of heir esoteric nature, a platform for persons who need to excel at something and who find UFOs (or ufology) an easy place where they can assume a mantle worthy of their aberrant need to be something other than what they really are.