UFO Abductions: psychic alienation
Alienation 1. A general term, now largely restricted to forensic psychiatry, indicating mental or psychiatric illness or insanity…2. The repression, inhibition, blocking, or dissociation of one’s own feelings so that they no longer seem effective, familiar, or convincing to the patient. Such alienation…is characteristic of obsessive-compulsive psychoneurosis. It may also be seen in the schizophrenias, but in the latter certain organs, body areas, or even the whole body are often perceived as if they did not belong to the person…
[From Psychiatric Dictionary. Fourth Edition, Hinsie and Campbell, M.D.s]
While many of those people who profess to have been abducted (or are being abducted) by alien beings (UFO beings usually) are sincere in their belief, it seems that their experience is brought about by a psychiatric alienation; that is, they have had (or are having) a psychotic episode which manifests itself in the mode of an abduction by alien creatures.
Persons who claim alien abduction could have a psychotic breakdown of one kind or another but opt for the UFO-oriented tale as that is arcane to psychiatry and the public but acceptable as an insanity better than an insanity based on mundane psychoses (caused by chemical imbalances in the human system/brain or existential crises that have become overwhelming).
The Betty/Barney Hill episode of 1961, made public years later, became the template for such episodes. Earlier, similar psychoses were imbued with stories about contact with flying saucer entities from other worlds – the contactees of the 1950s.
Ridicule of that crowd made it unacceptable to later abductees so the alien abduction phenomenon was employed, currently labeled as an “experience” and those affected call “experiencers” – an even more acceptable insanity than alien abduction.
Experiencers truly think they have been abducted or had a bizarre incident where they seemed to have been abducted, They don’t know for sure what happened to them, but that’s exactly what psychiatric alienation professes, sometimes causing a complete disorientation with reality.
Minor mutilations, causing scarring, and other physical affects (abrasions, rashes, misplaced clothing, et cetera) are self-induced, as is the case with most psychotic alienation episodes.
Is there a possibility that abductees or experiencers have had and are having occasion to be abducted, physically or mentally, but an outside force of some kind?
Yes, that is a possibility, one that should be examined by qualified professionals from various fields: psychology, forensics, criminology, psychiatry, medicine, even mythology.
But for all practical purposes, the abduction phenomenon surely has all the earmarks of psychotic episodes, and no matter how much the experiencers think they are far removed from psychosis, their claim to normalcy has to be set aside just as it is when a psychotic claims they are not insane.
Only then can the abduction phenomenon, and its victims, be resolved and those “abducted” cured.