From: Jack Brewer <brewer.jack.nul> Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2012 23:48:28 -0700 (PDT) Archived: Tue, 24 Apr 2012 12:57:09 -0400 Subject: Re: Ufology and Psychiatry - Summary >From: Ray Dickenson <r.dickenson.nul> >To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul> >Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2012 18:51:34 +0100 >Subject: Ufology And Psychiatry Summary I am encouraged to see the many comments resulting from Mr. Dickenson's initial email. I am of the opinion the mental health industry has a great deal to offer ufology, yet is largely under- represented and misunderstood in UFO circles. It is for such reasons I find it constructive to see related issues drawing such interest as has been the case. My non-professional opinion includes the perspective that symptoms of untreated severe emotional traumata may very well be the single most important commonly overlooked aspect of studying the abduction phenomenon. The symptoms and their competent treatments should be considered of primary relevance to those interested in alleged alien abduction, as abductees of course rather uniformly report extremely traumatic experiences. Effects of traumata are then at issue, regardless of what the original sources may or may not actually be. In spite of what should be such an obvious correlation, symptoms of traumata and related medical/mental health issues not only receive very, very little attention within ufology, but are commonly minimized and, as was the case with Mr. Dickenson's initial email, framed in what could easily be interpretted as questionable, all or nothing perspectives. I share the concerns expressed that alienating the mental health community cultivates a culture in which the care of the witness is put at risk. I think a great deal of careful consideration should go into choices determining how any such culture stands to effect its members, as well as the quality of research it is capable of producing if during the course of investigations it omits information recognized by the medical industry as established fact. Regards, Jack Brewer www.ufotrail.blogspot.com Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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