I am pleased to announce my new guest this week, Danica Cornell, author of the riveting Sci-Fi novel, Dark Star! Danica is a governing board member of Rave Reviews Book Club and an incredibly lovely person. I had a blast doing my Spotlight Chat with her recently. Without further ado, Ms. Danica Cornell!
One Sci-fi Writer’s Thoughts on the UFO/Alien Abduction Phenomenon
By Danica Cornell
Before I begin, I’d like to thank Traci Sanders—a fellow RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB member—for inviting me to post here on her blog today. Also, I’m thrilled to share with all of you that Traci’s scheduled to appear on my blog in the near future as well, so keep your eyes peeled!
When I was a little, I spent about as much time outdoors during my summers as I could possibly get away with. I mean, what kid doesn’t like hanging out at the pool or playground, right? Still, as much as I enjoyed my neighborhood friends, I have to say that one of my all-time favorite things to do was to munch on a couple of smores while gazing up at the stars in the night sky. After all, what better way for a kid, (or at least this kid) to end the day than by speculating about who or what resides out there in the great beyond?
With this in mind, it’s probably no great surprise that I always had the sneaking suspicion that life really does exist elsewhere in the Universe. Let’s face it, due to my father’s love of the genre, I was fed a steady diet of science fiction during my childhood, including the hit television series, Star Trek as well as the blockbuster film, Star Wars, among others.
However, to be completely frank, I believe the real reason behind my plurality-of-worlds-view actually has far more to do with a childhood nightmare I had about being abducted by Gray aliens, than anything I ever viewed on the big or small screens. To say the bizarre nature of this dream, (and yes I really do believe it was just a dream, due to the absence of any marks, bruises, or scars) haunted me for quite some time, is in no way an exaggeration. In fact, this nightmare made such a lasting impression on me that it ended up serving as both the inspiration and basis for my upcoming DARK STAR science fiction series!
Of course I understand that not everyone shares this point of view—and nor should they, especially given the absence of concrete proof that’s been presented to the public thus far. In fact, as counterintuitive as this may seem, it’s to all those UFO/alien skeptics that I say Bravo! Why? Because in my estimation, if everyone readily accepted that extraterrestrials have been travelling the cosmos, visiting Earth, and creating all kinds of mayhem here, we might not ever uncover the truth. And given the sheer volume of UFO sightings and alien abduction stories we keep hearing about, I believe this issue is far too important to simply accept or reject without also continuing to dig for some definitive answers.
Enter today’s UFO researchers—including yours truly…
For those of you unfamiliar with this topic, generally speaking, most researchers tend to focus on of one of the following UFO-related categories:
1. The UFO’s themselves – sightings/crashes of unidentified crafts/advanced alien technology;
2. The Alien Agenda, including the abduction of humans and what occurs before, during and after an abduction event;
3. Animal mutilations;
4. Crop circles;
5. The various alien species believed to be influencing events here on Earth;
6. Government cover-ups;
7. Ancient astronaut theory.
As a science fiction writer, I can tell you that I’ve researched all of these categories, while focusing the majority of my time on those areas which pertain to my book series. However, what many folks may not realize is that because of my background in psychology, I’ve also felt it important to better understand what traits are commonly observed in those claiming to have experienced an alien abduction event/s.
Generally, those claiming to have experienced an alien abduction exhibit:
1. An above average intelligence;
2. A rich (inner) mental life;
3. A weak identity;
4. Problems in their personal (intimate) relationships;
5. An alertness which manifests as sophistication in how they perceive things;
6. A cautiousness about involving themselves with others ;
7. A high degree of sensitivity;
8. A high degree of creativity;
9. An open-mind;
10. They are interesting conversationalists on a wide range of subjects.
As a group they:
1. Have a wide range of personalities;
2. Convey stories similar to those which are being told by dissimilar people—people whom they do not know;
3. Come from different educational, national, and social backgrounds.
But perhaps most important of all:
1. Those few who’ve been fortunate enough to have received high-quality, non-biased psychological evaluations have often shown no major mental health issues, (including no history of psychosis, delusional thinking, or hallucinations);
2. Such evaluations occurred after each abductee disclosed (to a therapist) that they had experienced (or may have experienced), an alien abduction;
3. The therapist then had the presence of mind to have these clients evaluated by another psychology professional, without disclosing anything related to the alien abduction itself;
4. The reason these evaluations were conducted in this manner was to insure the psychologist administering them would not inadvertently impact their results,( due to their own strong belief/disbelief in UFOs and alien abductions).
Of course the biggest problem with UFO sightings/alien abduction reporting isn’t the crack pots out there trying to get gain some notoriety for themselves—although admittedly, that is an issue. Instead, the real problem lies in the sheer numbers of people who don’t report such events for fear of being ridiculed and labeled as crazy. I can honestly say that I’ve personally interacted with many people who’ve admitted to seeing a UFO, but who refused to report it for this very reason. In fact, I too have spotted at least one (and possibly two) UFOs so far in my life—and not when I was looking for or thinking about them! I too did not officially report these sightings for the very reasons I just mentioned.
So, where does all of this leave us?
Sadly, many are still only discussing their own personal UFO sightings in hushed whispers. Nevertheless, it does seem that as more people are witnessing strange crafts hovering, gliding, and zipping away at astronomical speeds, larger numbers of them are beginning to feel comfortable coming forward. This seems especially true in the case of group and city, regional, and country-wide sightings and waves.
So while the tide is turning with regard to UFO sighting reports, the same cannot be said for those who suspect they (may) have been abducted by extraterrestrials. In fact, it’s believed that the vast majority of this population are telling absolutely no one about their terrifying encounters, which means they are left to deal with their resultant PTSD-related issues all on their own. And this last point is the real reason why I’m writing this post today—because I believe it’s important that we as a society recognize that a human being who believes they’ve been abducted by extraterrestrial beings, is deserving of being evaluated in an unbiased manner. They are deserving of not being judged. And they are certainly deserving of receiving whatever guidance/treatments those in the helping profession can provide.
Before I close, I’d like to thank you for taking the time to read my post today. Also, for those who may be interested in sharing their own UFO/alien experiences with me confidentially, I have started interviewing people for an upcoming post I have planned for the near future. Please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Until we meet again…
ABOUT DANICA CORNELL
Danica Cornell is RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB’s PR/Marketing Director. She’s also the author of the DARK STAR Sci-fi Series, a UFO researcher and futurist, nanotechnology business owner, and dog lover. To learn more about Danica and her work, please visit her website at www.danicacornell.com.
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