UFO Conjectures

Friday, July 29, 2022

Deliria oneirica: one “explanation” for (of) UFO encounters

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There are several categories encompassed within the UFO phenomenon: unidentified flying (or seaworthy) objects, abducting and/or encountered entities, orbs, et al.
And our interest lies in the flying/seaworthy things, but the encountered humanoid encounters are prominent among a significant number of ufologists.
So, they need to be considered – dealt with – to help unclutter the phenomenon. (Or maybe we should consider UFOs as phenomena, as some noted UFOers have suggested.)
Pressing some of my psychological pals and contacts proffered the designation in the title above, Deliria oneirica:
“Bianchi says: ‘these deliria are constituted of scenes from dreams, changing, varied, and uninterrupted, the subject being as if he were in a somnambulic dream. These occur generally at night, but sometimes they continue after waking. On recovery the patient has no recollection of his delirium.’” [A Text-Book of Psychiatry, Tindall & Cox, London, 1906]
While persons experiencing such “deliria” are not mentally ill – forgive me Tom Szasz – they do experience an actual psychological delirium, as noted, meaning that the whole scenario of being taken by abductors – in this instance, alien (extraterrestrial) beings in UFOs – is a psychotic (or near psychotic) episode, from which the participant does not end up with a determined mental breakdown, a mente capti.
The event is not real, obviously.
That some UFO “researchers” insist that the episodes are actual UFO kidnappings goes to the heart of the flimsy approach to such meandering events.
UFO abductions (kidnappings) are so blatantly a psychiatric phenomenon, it is beyond understanding why the “abduction fiction” is so readily accepted by persons who seem to be of sound mind, but are more disturbed, apparently, than the persons who think (dream) that they have been taken aboard a UFO and maltreated by alien entities.
The study of such maladaptive behavior – toward which I believe John Mack was headed – may be grist for those of us enamored of psychology, but for those seeking an explanation of the UFO enigma, the continuing pursuit of abduction tales is a waste of time and a blight on intelligent thought.



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