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Sincere work with serious intent, but conclusions may be unsound
on November 12, 2010
The title of this book may give the impression that it's written by some kind of kook; after all, most people who know little or nothing about the abduction enigma are informed by popular consensus culture that it probably doesn't even exist, and that "conventional explanations" ranging from "sleep paralysis" to "lucid dreaming" explain all the reports. Only if they investigate deeply into the matter do they discover that none of these flimsy "psychological" explanations fit the data, and the phenomenon - whatever it is - is real enough.
Ann Druffel is a multiply-qualified ex-NICAP and CUFOS investigator and author of several moderately successful books, including "The Tujunga Canyon Contacts", an early examination of the abduction issue originally published in 1980 and twice updated and reprinted; and "Firestorm", a respected 2003 biography of Dr. James McDonald. She has in the past inclined towards the view that the hard evidence for unidentified flying objects (filmed, photographed and recorded on radar performing extraordinary manouvers, chased by military jets etc.) and abductions are two separate phenomena, the latter being some kind of inter-dimensional intrusion but not necessarily perpetrated by UFO occupants.
So, what about this book? Well, Druffel has researched the issue and interviewed a lot of abductees over the years, and here simply describes techniques, with a chapter devoted to each, which abductees claim to be effective for them in warding off the abductors. These techniques are, in chapter order:
1. Mental struggle
2. Physical struggle
3. Righteous anger
4. Protective rage
5. Support from family members
7. Metaphysical methods
8. Appeal to spiritual personages (i.e. calling on the name of Jesus etc.)
9. Repellents - incense and perfumes etc.
Plus two final chapters: "What Abducting Entities in other Cultures tell us about Greys" and "The Bitter Controversy."
Overall the book is quite well written, with serious intent, and not a trivial work from an uninformed writer. Whether any of these techniques really work in practice is doubtful, as experience shows that abductees often sincerely believe abduction has been prevented whilst simultaneously experiencing a seamless period of missing time, during which an abduction has in fact taken place, the memory of the event having been blocked and a "successfully thwarted" delusion substituted by the abductors.
Those seriously interested in this phenomenon might consider reading this book to add to their store of knowledge. However, the contents and conclusions should be viewed with caution: you may believe these techniques can be effective, but it ain't necessarily so.