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Re: Regression Hypnosis: Should Ufology Take A

From: Edoardo Russo <edoardo.russo@torino.ALPcom.it>
Date: Thu, 15 Apr 1999 11:16:49 +0200
Fwd Date: Thu, 15 Apr 1999 18:35:09 -0400
Subject: Re: Regression Hypnosis: Should Ufology Take A

>From: Jenny Randles <nufon@currantbun.com>
>To: UFO UpDates - updates@globalserve.net
>Subject: Regression Hypnosis: Should Ufology Take A Stand?
>Date: Wed, 14 Apr 1999 16:17:28 +0100

>As a newcomer to the net, please excuse me if I do not follow
>proper etiquette. I am still learning.

Welcome, Jenny!  Nice to meet you on the net, at last.

>But I wanted to issue a
>comment on a major policy in force in the UK, which does not
>seem to have been adopted by any other country in the world
>(save, to some extent, parts of Scandinavia). That is the
>banning of the use of regression hypnosis as a viable way to
>explore alleged abductions.

The Italian Center for UFO Studies (Centro Italiano Studi
Ufologici, CISU) adopted that same banning a long time ago
(1988), exactly because we were agree with what BUFORA had the
braveness to decide.

In November, 1988, we had a closed-door symposium in Bologna
where a group of our field investigators and of active members
interested in hypnosis met a group of M.D.'s using hypnosis in
their medical practice, all of them being members of one (of the
four existing) Italian association of medical hypnosis, who were
also curious about UFO abductions and the use of hypnosis in

We gathered a firm caveat against the use of hypnosis as a
regressive tool for getting factual information (something we
already expected, from the available literature we've been
systematically collecting in a file since 1981) and - most
important - since there was a concrete risk of stimulating
confabulation and to bring greater emotional troubles than
before upon the "victim".

We already had collected a thick file of mis-use of abduction in
some Italian cases.

We thus decided not to use hypnosis and not to encourage either
witnesses or potential abductees to be submitted to regressive

Recent developments confirmed our viewpoint, expecially since a
book was written by a scientist-ufologist who has "devoted" some
years of his life to an abduction case, also through the use of
hypnosis. The book made it clear that the greater part of what
is NOW that abduction narrative (but was NOT such before
hypnosis) had just been "created" upon
not-so-difficult-to-perceive suggestions by the "exper-

A short review of that particular case and its implication for
the hypnosis debate was recently published in one of CISU
journals, "UFO Forum", by Alessandro Zabini, who has been busily
collecting documentation about that subject and is presently
updating my old bibliography and file on "hypnosis and UFOs".

So you are not alone, nor is BUFORA as a national UFO

Best regards

Edoardo Russo                             Centro Italiano Studi Ufologici
CISU, Casella postale 82, 10100 Torino - tel 011-3290279 - fax 011-545033
http://www.arpnet.it/ufo          e-mail: edoardo.russo@torino.alpcom.it

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