Monday, January 09, 2006
Alien Lore 59 - Abductees, extraterrestrial sex, and "The Stockholm Syndrome"
One embattled psychiatrist, John Mack, M.D., argues that alien abduction cannot be understood in the western rationalist tradition of science.
Dr. Mack, of Harvard Medical School, is a long-time champion of alien abductees and a paranormal theorist. His 1994 bestseller, Abduction: Human Encounters With Aliens, drew wide attention with his argument that the men and women he has debriefed have indeed been abducted (and molested, or worse) by aliens.
Dr. John Mack says abductees often come to love their alien captors.
This behavior in hostages is known as the Stockholm Syndrome. The most famous example is Patty Hearst's behavior following her kidnapping by the Symbionese Liberation Army.
Despite waking bruised and rodgered, these abductees say their feelings for The Greys transcend temporal human bonds and lead to a sense of enveloping oneness with the universe that approaches the ecstatic sage of some religions.
Peter Faust, a 45-year-old acupuncturist, says he endured years of sexual probing by The Greys. Following hypnotic-regression sessions with Dr. Mack, Faust concluded that he is yoked to a female alien-human hybrid with whom he has multiple offspring. He said he "realized we're not alone in the universe. There are beings out there who care about us. But getting to this point is a long, arduous journey, with a lot of people who want to deny your experience."
Many abductees tell stories of displaced sexual desire and romantic fantasy. Some of the alleged victims have had hysterectomies, and yet they tell of alien insemination and being forced to conceive an alien child. Are they mourning lost fertility or fearing lost sexuality? The unpleasant aspects of imagining forced sex with an alien are played down, and the emotional satisfactions played up. Many women fall in love with the male aliens who have lifelong relationships with them, and father their hybrid children.
Some UFOlogists contend that abductees who perceive their experiences negatively do so because they themselves aren't spiritually advanced enough to truly understand what has really happened to them. Persons treading on a higher spiritual plane tend to have positive alien encounters, and those who have painful experiences are troglodytes. Whitley Strieber voiced this theory in his book, Majestic: "In the eyes of the others [the aliens], we who met them saw ourselves. And there were demons there."