Alien Abduction Interviews and Study

Alien Abduction Interviews and Study

When abductees ask why they are being studied or undergoing surgery, the entity may answer with a statement like "We have the right to do this."

The terms alien abduction or abduction phenomenon describe "subjectively real memories of being taken secretly and/or against one’s will by apparently nonhuman entities and subjected to complex physical and psychological procedures."

People claiming to have been abducted are usually called "abductees" or "experiencers." Typical claims involve the experiencer being subjected to a forced medical examination which emphasizes their reproductive system.

Abductees sometimes claim to have been warned against environmental abuse and the dangers of nuclear weapons. Consequently, while many of these purported encounters are described as terrifying, some have been viewed as pleasurable or transformative.

Alleged abductees are seen by many pro-abduction researchers to have a higher incidence of non-abduction related paranormal events and abilities.

Following an abduction experience, these paranormal abilities and occurrences sometimes seem to become more pronounced.

Abduction claimants report unusual feelings preceding the onset of an abduction experience.

These feelings manifest as a compulsive desire to be at a certain place at a certain time or as expectations that something "familiar yet unknown," will soon occur.

Abductees also report feeling severe, undirected anxiety at this point even though nothing unusual has actually occurred yet. This period of foreboding can last for up to several days before the abduction actually takes place or be completely absent.

Eventually, the experiencer will undergo an apparent "shift" into an altered state of consciousness. British abduction researchers have called this change in consciousness "the Oz Factor." External sounds cease to have any significance to the experiencer and fall out of perception.

They report feeling introspective and unusually calm. This stage marks a transition from normal activity to a state of "limited self-willed mobility." As consciousness shifts one or more lights are alleged to appear, occasionally accompanied by a strange mist.

The source and nature of the lights differ by report, sometimes the light emanates from a source outside the house (presumably the abductors' UFO), sometimes the lights are in the bedroom with the experiencer and transform into alien figures.

As the alleged abduction proceeds, claimants say they will walk or be levitated into an alien craft, often through solid objects like walls or a window.

Alternatively, they may experience rising through a tunnel with or without the abductors accompanying them into the awaiting craft.

Mainstream scientists and mental health professionals overwhelmingly doubt that the phenomenon occurs literally as reported and instead attribute the experiences to "deception, suggestibility (fantasy-proneness, hypnotizability, false-memory syndrome), personality, sleep phenomena, psychopathology, psychodynamics and environmental factors.".

Skeptic Robert Sheaffer also sees similarity between the aliens depicted in early science fiction films, in particular, Invaders From Mars, and those reported to have actually abducted people.
The first alien abduction claim to be widely publicized was the Betty and Barney Hill abduction in 1961. Reports of the abduction phenomenon have been made around the world, but are most common in English speaking countries, especially the United States.

The contents of the abduction narrative often seem to vary with the home culture of the alleged abductee. Alien abductions have been the subject of conspiracy theories and of popular science fiction works such as The X-Files.

The precise number of abductees throughout the world is uncertain.

One of the earliest studies of abductions found 1,700 claimants, while contested surveys argued that 5-6% of the general population might have been abducted.

As a category, some studies show that abductees have psychological characteristics that render their testimony suspect.

Dr. Elizabeth Slater conducted a blind study of nine abduction claimants and found them to be prone to "mildly paranoid thinking," nightmares and having a weak sexual identity. According to Yvonne Smith, some alleged abductees test positive for lupus, despite not showing any symptoms.

A variety of motivations are attributed to alleged abductors.

These include:

  • Numerous reports that form a loose narrative around long-term surveillance and interaction with humans. The entities state that the abductee has a unique characteristic, resulting in repeated abductions, implanting information subconsciously for later "activation". Sometimes this is related to major changes affecting the Earth and the entities' desire to help.
  • When abductees ask why they are being studied or undergoing surgery, the entity may answer with a statement like "We have the right to do this." 

When Harvard psychiatrist John Mack approached filmmaker Laurel Chiten (Twist & Shout, The Jew in the Lotus, Twisted) asking her to make a movie about encounters with aliens, she thought he was crazy.

But after meeting some of the so-called "experiencers" she was intruiged; they seemed rather normal and spoke about feelings of connection and longing for these uninvited intruders to return.

She had stumbled into a world filled by people who had been touched by something ... and had their lives blown apart because of it.

"I realized I could not figure out the origin of these bizarre stories, nor could I prove or disprove the existence of alien. Instead, I wanted to explore the human drama: who are these people, what has happened to them, and why does this distinguished Harvard professor believe them?"


Although different cases vary in detail (sometimes significantly), some UFO researchers, such as folklorist Thomas E. Bullard argue that there is a broad, fairly consistent sequence and description of events which make up the typical "close encounter of the fourth kind".

Though the features outlined below are often reported, there is some disagreement as to exactly how often they actually occur.
Some researchers have been accused of excluding, minimising or suppressing testimony or data which do not fit a certain paradigm for the phenomenon. Bullard argues most abduction accounts feature the following events.

They generally follow a common sequence, though not all abductions feature all the events:

Abduction Sequence of Events

  Greys are most widely associated with the alien abduction phenomenon, wherein claimants allege that Greys are intelligent extraterrestrials who visit Earth and secretly perform medical experiments on humans they have temporarily kidnapped.

Capture - The abductee is forcibly taken from terrestrial surroundings to an apparent alien space craft.

Examination - Invasive medical or scientific procedures are performed on the abductee.

Conference - The abductors speak to the abductee.

Tour - The abductees are given a tour of their captors' vessel.

Loss of Time - Abductees rapidly forget the majority of their experience.

Return - The abductees are returned to earth. Occasionally in a different location from where they were allegedly taken or with new injuries or disheveled clothing.

Theophany - The abductee has a profound mystical experience, accompanied by a feeling of oneness with God or the universe.

Aftermath - The abductee must cope with the psychological, physical, and social effects of the experience.

When describing the "abduction scenario", the entire abduction event is precisely orchestrated. All the procedures are predetermined. There is no standing around and deciding what to do next.

The beings are task-oriented and there is no indication whatsoever that we have been able to find of any aspect of their lives outside of performing the abduction procedures.

There have been a variety of explanations offered for abduction phenomena, ranging from sharply skeptical appraisals, to uncritical acceptance of all abductee claims, to the demonological, to everything in between. Some have elected not to try explaining things, instead noting similarities to other phenomena, or simply documenting the development of the alien abduction phenomenon.

Others are intrigued by the entire phenomenon, but hesitate in making any definitive conclusions. The late Harvard psychiatrist John Mack concluded, "The furthest you can go at this point is to say there's an authentic mystery here. And that is, I think, as far as anyone ought to go."

Putting aside the question of whether abduction reports are literally and objectively "real", literature professor Terry Matheson argues that their popularity and their intriguing appeal are easily understood. Tales of abduction "are intrinsically absorbing; it is hard to imagine a more vivid description of human powerlessness."

After experiencing the frisson of delightful terror one may feel from reading ghost stories or watching horror movies, Matheson notes that people "can return to the safe world of their homes, secure in the knowledge that the phenomenon in question cannot follow. But as the abduction myth has stated almost from the outset, there is no avoiding alien abductors."

Matheson writes that when compared to the earlier contactee reports, abduction accounts are distinguished by their "relative sophistication and subtlety, which enabled them to enjoy an immediately more favorable reception from the public."

Skeptical perspectives assert that reports of people being kidnapped and subjected to forced medical examinations by non-human creatures do not occur literally as reported.

Although being only one of many competing explanations for the phenomenon, it is the only one that is widely accepted by mainstream scientists and historians. Alternative explanations, such as the extraterrestrial hypothesis, are largely dismissed by academics as being pseudoscientific.

Various hypotheses have been proposed by skeptics to explain reports without the need to invoke non-parsimonious concepts such as intelligent extraterrestrial life forms.

These hypotheses usually center on known psychological processes that can produce subjective experiences similar to those reported in abduction claims. Skeptics are also likely to critically examine abduction claims for evidence of hoaxing or influence from popular culture sources such as science fiction.

UFO Files - UFOs Then and Now Nightmare

A study of the famous 1961 Betty and Barney Hill and 1976 Allagash, Maine alien abduction cases.

One example of a comprehensive, skeptical analysis that focuses on the effects of mass marketing is art historian John F. Moffitt's 2003 book Picturing Extraterrestrials: Alien Images in Modern Mass Culture.

It has been argued that if actual "flesh and blood" aliens are abducting humans, there should be some hard evidence that this is occurring.

Proponents of the physical reality of the abduction experience have suggested ways that could conceivably confirm abduction reports.

One procedure reported occurring during the alleged exam phase of the experience is the insertion of a long needle-like contraption into a woman's navel. Some have speculated that this could be a form of laparoscopy.

If this is true, after the abduction there should be free gas in the female's abdomen, which could be seen on an x-ray. The presence of free gas would be extremely abnormal, and would help substantiate the claim of some sort of procedure being done to her.