To feel is to believe.
Whether or not this is possible is irrelevant for those who truly believe they have been abducted by aliens – because their post-traumatic stress disorder is very real, according to a new study.
Researchers from the University of Zaragoza , Spain have concluded that nearly half of believers qualify for a diagnosis of PTSD. Of 19 people claiming to have been abducted by aliens, nine met the criteria for PTSD – a rate of 47%. Compare that to people who were abducted by other humans, 46% of whom (about 15 people) could be considered to have PTSD.
Their findings suggest that symptoms of trauma can appear even if the traumatic event did not take place (which is probably exactly what they – the aliens – want us to think).
“The emotional reaction to memories of an implausible experience may be similar to an individual’s response to a truly traumatic event,” the researchers wrote in their report, which was recently published in the journal Explore. “Abductees may have an emotional reaction analogous to PTSD because whether their memories are true or false, their fear is real. »
Suspected alien abduction victims who participated in the search recalled a range of experiences during their encounters, from being hypnotized by ‘strange’ lights to being on board of a spaceship and in the company of life forms from another world. Some also remember radio and television interference revealing the event, or their meeting with a “visitor in the room”.
More than half of the participants claimed to have experienced memory loss during their supernatural ordeal, usually between a few hours of the night and, for one individual, around 36 hours.
On average, the researchers also found that the alien abductees had a lower “suggestibility” score than the control group, indicating that they had become more skeptical following their abduction.
The small-scale study – understandably – only looked at 19 people who claimed to be true alien abduction victims and compared them to 32 people who had been abducted but not by aliens. Volunteers were asked to complete a post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) assessment questionnaire which assessed the severity of symptoms, such as frequent nightmares, anxiety, mood swings, intrusive thoughts about their experience and the full flashbacks.
Notably, three alleged abductees did not consider their phenomenal experience to be traumatic.
Researchers have also come up with a few hypotheses to explain alleged alien abductions, including hallucinatory dreams, sleep paralysis, or the effects of anesthesia during a legitimate surgical procedure.
Allegations of alien abductions are nothing new, of course. In 1991, paranormal investigators and sociologists commissioned a nationwide poll of nearly 6,000 Americans and found at least 119 respondents whose responses indicated alien abductions. Based on this survey, it has been extrapolated that nearly 4 million people in the United States have experienced alien abduction.
And such experiences are not limited to ordinary people. Even celebrities, like Elvis Presley, John Lennon, Dan Aykroyd, and Shirley MacLaine, have recounted their own encounters with aliens.