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Re: Regression Hypnosis: Should Ufology Take A

From: John Velez <jvif@spacelab.net>
Date: Thu, 15 Apr 1999 13:49:52 -0400
Fwd Date: Thu, 15 Apr 1999 18:46:03 -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

Hello Jenny,

You wrote:

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

This is an example of how a good idea can be taken too far. I
completely agree that hypnosis is -way- overused in cases of
reported abduction. But, it does have some therapeutic value in
cases where disturbing or life disrupting symptoms have
manifested as a result of unresolved missing time or a partially
recalled close encounter with a UFO. Providing some relief from
suffering should be the first and maybe only consideration when
deciding on the use of hypnosis in any given case. Its use as a
reliable means of retrieving accurate data is what is in
question. Not its efficacy as a therapeutic tool.

Outright "banning" of hypnosis is like throwing out the baby
with the bathwater. In point of fact, its use in abduction cases
may be the 'field test' that proves its value (or lack of same)
in recovering lost or hidden memory. In its history hypnosis has
never been used as commonly as it is now. Before discarding it
completely studies should be mounted to determine just how
accurate it is in terms of recovered memory. I can state from
personal experience that it does provides relief from event
related symptomology and should be held in reserve, (rather than
have its use universally banned) in such cases.

>But is it what proper UFOlogists should be doing? Are we not, in
>fact, putting self interest ahead of what ought to be our
>primary duty - witness responsibility? As a community should we
>not be more willing to consider taking stands that may be tough
>on some but necessary?

The difference between investigating an abduction case as
opposed to a sighting case has to do with the level of
involvement of the witness. An abduction case crosses a line
that begs consideration for the individual and the condition of
his/her post experience psyche. In other words, there are (like
it or not) psychological and emotional issues that must be
addressed and taken seriously (in addition to) the original task
of investigating possible contact with 'whatever.' The human
factor comes to the fore (or should) in abduction cases. Primary
consideration should be given to the continued well being of the
individual under investigation. It's real easy to get caught up
in whether this or that proceedure is good or proper in terms of
investigation while the individuals needs are forgotten or get
lost in the shuffle.

>There are many sound reasons for having doubts about the value
>of hypnosis as a tool for uncovering the facts.

Agreed. I'm arguing for its value strictly as a therapeutic tool.

>Yet we as a community are treating it all as reality. Moreover
>we are encouraging witnesses and society to do so on dubious

Rather than completely discarding it, the huge amount of data
gathered thus far should be used to test/determine just how
accurate it really is in terms of memory retrieval. It's an
opportunity that should not be passed up or missed. The amount
of raw material availble for analysis is staggering. Why waste
it or ignore it completely.

>Secondly, witnesses told me more than once they felt worse after
>undergoing regression than they did before. It did not clarify
>their memory but created new, conflicting images about which
>they could not make fair judgements. It also triggered many
>nightmares they did not have before. One classic abductee (Alan
>Godfrey - November l980 - Todmorden, Yorkshire) is in the list
>of top CE 4s compiled by Eddie Bullard. But he told me that he
>could not vouch for his testimony under hypnosis. This is a
>confusing mix of abduction imagery and stuff about Biblical
>figures and black dogs. There is no doubt where some of this
>came from if you probe into Alan's past. The point is that he -
>as a witness - could not be sure that this was a real memory or
>just a fantasy based on books he had read between the sighting
>and the hypnosis. I doubt he is alone but I also doubt few
>UFOlogists create a climate with witnesses in which they feel
>they can express any such reservations. A lot of people are
>swept along by a tide of belief.

Valid but not true in all cases. The catharsis that it afforded
me brought tremendous relief. It also raised many more questions
than it ever answered. But I wouldn't trade off the emotional
relief it gave because of it. Each case, each individual must be
evaluated on his or her own merits. We shouldn't use one single
case or set of reactions to decide whether any given thing is
'good for all' or not.

>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.

Amen and my point precisely. The number one consideration should
always be the well being of the subject (in abduction cases)

>Comments requested, please,

You got em! :)


John Velez, Webmaster IF-AIC/abductee

"Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind."

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