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Abducted: How People Come to Believe They Were Kidnapped by Aliens Paperback – March 26, 2007
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As far as the physical reality of such abductions, Clancy (unlike Mack) is firmly in the skeptics' corner, and gives reasons to be sure that no such events are happening, and if they are happening, extraordinary evidence is needed make the events credible; no one has come close to producing such evidence. But she points out, the proper scientific response is not, "Why investigate abduction since it is not really happening?" but rather "What sort of people are reporting being abducted, and why?Read more ›
Susan Clancy is a post-doctoral fellow in psychology at Harvard University. She has also worked in Nicaragua as an economic development advisor. She doesn't believe in extra-terrestrial visitors and she's very open about that from the get-go.
The real purpose of her research, as documented in this book, is to determine what "abductees" have in common from a psychological standpoint -- to answer these five questions:
-- How do people come to believe they were abducted by aliens? In other words, how did these imaginary "memories" come to exist in the first place?
-- Why do abductees have memories if it didn't really happen?
-- Why are abduction stories so consistent? (They're not.)
-- Who gets abducted?
-- If it didn't happen, why would an abductee want to believe it?
At the risk of over-simplification, Clancy's answer is this: Virtually all abduction reports were reported only AFTER Hollywood and the publishing industry popularized this type of narrative, starting in the late 1940s and continuing in the 1960s - 1980s. Most abductees are not insane or psychotic, but they do test very high on objective laboratory measuresments for what is called "schizotypy" -- the tendency to think eccentrically and to believe in "magical thinking" (e.g., that certain numbers have magical powers). They're often loners who are very interested in UFO studies and other paranormal phenomenon long before they claim to have been abducted.Read more ›
Clancy offers insight into memory and experience, but does it with sympathy, understanding, and humor. She does not poke fun at her subjects, but takes us through their stories and helps us understand why people believe in what she describes as a "baptism into the new religion of our technological age."
This is a good book to read in conjunction with books that look at the ways that abduction experiences have been manipulated - such as Jack Brewer's "The Grays Have Been Framed." Together they offer an important contribution to understanding abduction and ufology.
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In a very shallow attempt at 'investigation' I found Dr. Clancy's book more of an exercise in validating her prejudices and biases, more of an effort to lend credibility to her own... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Kiara
Read for a college class, Psycology of Weird Beliefs. Good insight in how people think they were abducted.Published 8 months ago by Rachel R.
Pretty good analysis of the psychology involved with people claiming alien abduction.Published 8 months ago by Charles Wilson
Clear and to the point, yey funny and easy to follow. A very readable and thorough investigation of a fascinating subject.Published 11 months ago by Per-Bjarne Ravnå
All I can say is its an excellent starting off point (Psychologically) why people believe they were abducted by aliens. Read morePublished 12 months ago by R.K. Sprau
If like me you are an unbeliever and you find gut wrenching laughter therapeutic, this book is a real find.Published 14 months ago by Michael J
Clancy's whole study is flawed and biased because she starts off with the belief that abductions probably aren't true. Read morePublished on April 7, 2014 by Tyler Hamilton
Susan Clancy clearly defines abduction experiences in a way not belittling of the folks having them but at the same time asking the age old question "where is the proof? Read morePublished on March 25, 2014 by Daniel Reece Hamilton
The author makes a very comprehensive, cogent and rational case for understanding he alien abduction phenomenon. Read morePublished on March 16, 2014 by mauricev