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Re: New At The Alien Jigsaw

From: Jack Brewer <brewer.jack.nul>
Date: Wed, 1 Feb 2012 19:10:48 -0800 (PST)
Archived: Thu, 02 Feb 2012 07:40:38 -0500
Subject: Re: New At The Alien Jigsaw

>From: Kathy Kasten <catraja.nul>
>To: <post.nul>
>Date: Mon, 30 Jan 2012 19:44:39 +0000
>Subject: Re: New At The Alien Jigsaw

>>From: Jack Brewer <brewer.jack.nul>
>>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul>
>>Date: Fri, 27 Jan 2012 08:23:30 -0800 (PST)
>>Subject: Re: New At The Alien Jigsaw

>>I would be interested in reading your perspectives on the roles
>>health professionals can play in the lives of self-described
>>alien abductees. As your time allows, I would appreciate reading
>>your take on such issues as psychoanalysis, the manners
>>psychoanalysis and mental health professionals are typically
>>viewed within the UFO community, and similar such dynamics as
>>they relate to the abduction phenomenon.

>>What are the pros and cons? What are the dangers of discouraging
>>people from visiting psychiatrists and medical doctors?

>>I would also appreciate reading commentary from others who might
>>choose to respond to such questions and their related issues.

>Over the years, I researched and interviewed people claiming
>"alien abduction." Last night, during a radio interview with
>Travis Walton, several issues surfaced. (Actually, your comments
>require at least a several page article or book chapter, but
>I'll condense my thoughts into an e-mail response.)


Thank you for your reply. I appreciate your attention to the
subject matter. Such topics indeed justify much more content.

Speaking of, I read your comments with interest a while back in
which you mentioned working with the Department of Human Subject
Protection during your time at UCLA. Any info you may care to
share and/or links, etc. you might recommend to help me gain a
more complete understanding of your work at that time (and
particularly your appeal to the National Institute of Health)
would be greatly appreciated.

I also appreciate you sharing your take on the Walton case. The
circumstances you cited are certainly worthy of much more
explanation than they currently receive. As you suggest, it
might indeed be most telling - in and of itself - that so few
people even ask the right questions.

To try to be clear, I am neither suggesting nor implying that
all reports of paranormal phenomena can be attributed to
circumstances related to psychological conditions or covert
research projects. I am most certainly suggesting, however, that
if the UFO community continues to collectively prefer to remain
uninformed of such conditions and projects, it will remain
unqualified to accurately identify such situations when
applicable. It will also remain unqualified to intelligently
discuss such situations among qualified professionals who most
certainly recognize and understand the significance of such
dynamics within ufology.

>Frankly, neither Budd Hopkins nor David Jacobs should have been
>interacting with individuals who are claimed to suffered a
>traumatic event.

Right. Along those lines, it is of course common for self-
described abductees to become defensive when psychiatric issues
are proposed for discussion. I strongly suspect some of them are
correct that such issues do not apply to their experiences - but
that is not the point, at least not entirely.

It should be recognized that some of them are indeed suffering
from psychiatric conditions and emotional trauma that is in no
way, shape or form related to non-human beings. To deny this is
the case at least some of the time in some circumstances does a
genuine disservice to people who could benefit from proper care.
A competent argument can be made it is irresponsible and
negligent for hypnotists and the like to consistently receive so
much more attention than is given to consideration of the
relevance of mental health and related medical services. It also
continues to make the UFO community appear ignorant and much
more interested in campaigning for one hypothesis or another
than it is interested in identifying truth.

Again, I appreciate your attention to such matters, KK, and I
look forward to reading more as your time and attention allow.

Thank you,

Jack Brewer

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