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Re: Regression Hypnosis: Should Ufology Take a

From: Chris Rutkowski <rutkows@cc.UManitoba.CA>
Date: Wed, 14 Apr 1999 14:33:44 -0500 (CDT)
Fwd Date: Wed, 14 Apr 1999 17:17:27 -0400
Subject: Re: Regression Hypnosis: Should Ufology Take a

>From: Jenny Randles <nufon@currantbun.com>
>Date: Wed, 14 Apr 1999 16:17:28 +0100
>Fwd Date: Wed, 14 Apr 1999 13:50:44 -0400
>Subject: Regression Hypnosis: Should Ufology Take A Stand?


In a word, yes.

I have been advocating exactly this point for years, but no one
has been listening, as usual. One of the few others who has been
trying to make this point clear is David Gotlib, who even
produced a working document of Standards for Treatment of
Abductees, which has largely been ignored.

The latest case I have been working on is a prime example of
this situation. I work only with a clinical psychologist
well-versed in the proper use of hypnotic regression. The
abductee in this case already has a partial memory of an event,
and wants to uncover the rest. There have been three sessions so
far, and only one use of hypnosis. Rather than "push the
envelope" and explore the abductee's memories beyond conscious
recall, the pyschologist has decided to work on relaxation
techniques in order to help the abductee overcome his fears of
"what's locked inside." With a lessening of the fear, the
abductee may then _consciously_ recall more details.

This abductee admits to having read a great many books with UFO
and abduction themes, and became terrified at reading Jacobs'
latest book. The psychologist felt that there was no way to
ensure that any images "recovered" through regression were
"real" and not influenced by his reading of UFO material.

>Thirdly, there are too many people with no medical
>qualifications doing regression - sometimes on children. In one
>UK case a witness I know had an epileptic seizure during
>regression to a childhood sighting. Nobody present had medical
>backgrounds. Luckily the witness was okay, but the point was
>surely made that in our zeal to get exciting stories the proper
>importance of witness welfare is being neglected.

I agree completely. More than one abductee who had come to me
has attempted suicide because "they" were always watching and
controlling everyday life. One woman was a rape victim. Another
had been diagnosed with DID (MPD). Clearly, ufologists are not
the ones who should be "treating" such individuals. I care
deeply about the welfare of abductees who may have underlying
emotional or pyschological problems and who are regressed by UFO
buffs with only a "crash course" in hypnosis as background.

Part of the problem might be, as you pointed out, that hypnosis
is so widely used in ufology, it is difficult to back away at
this point, especially by the 'experts'. There are those who
insist they are being careful, yet some are certainly driven by
some inherent biases and beliefs which are well-ingrained within
them. The resistance to stop using regression hypnosis is (and
will be) very strong and vocal, I believe.

My only suggestion is to continue to warn of the dangers and
limitations of hypnosis, and hope that the message may
eventually sink in.


Chris Rutkowski

Nobody in particular

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