From: Steven Kaeser <email@example.com> Date: Sat, 11 Oct 1997 16:45:55 -0400 Fwd Date: Sat, 11 Oct 1997 18:21:40 -0400 Subject: Re: Solved Abduction cases? >Date: Sat, 11 Oct 1997 12:25:15 -0500 (CDT) >To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <firstname.lastname@example.org> >From: Dennis <email@example.com> >Subject: Re: UFO UpDate: Re: Solved Abduction cases? >>Date: Fri, 10 Oct 1997 21:47:34 -0700 >>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <firstname.lastname@example.org> >>From: Skye Turell <email@example.com> >>Subject: Re: UFO UpDate: Re: Solved Abduction cases? >>>I like Eddie, too. The question here is what does "pretty hard" >>>mean? If you want to see a blatant example of leading, you have >>>only to re-read John Mack. At one point, one of his witnesses >>>won't go up a ramp during a hypnosis session, so he tells her to >>>imagine she's a remote-controlled video camera and go up the ramp >>>-- which she promptly does. >>Without actually going back and rereading Mack, I fail to see why >>using the camera device, *once the hypnosis subject has already >>identified the presence of a ramp*, constitutes leading. >>Skye Turell <firstname.lastname@example.org> >Because it compels the "witness" to "see" or report something that they may >or may not have seen. Now, we will never know for sure, will we? >Dennis Absolutely true, which is one of the reasons that hypnosis is such a controversial tool. But the technique employed by Dr. Mack in the above comment is a relatively common one. Terrible memories are often difficult to confront, and many people learn to push them into the deep recesses of their mind. When trying to help someone deal with an "issue" in their past, it is sometimes necessary to tap their imagination to help in digging for the truth. Keep in mind that Dr. Mack was approaching this from a therapudic perspective, rather than investigative. While in Roswell this past summer I spoke with a psychologist who had used hypnotism in the past and said it was both informative and unreliable. He had been involved in an accident investigation where a pedestrian had been struck and run over by a hit and run driver. After the car passed over her, she leaned up from the pavement to look at the car, but the authorities were not able to locate the car. The psycholgist was brought in and used hypnotism to help add details to her recollection of the vehicle and they managed to obtain a license plate number that proved to be the key. In the end they found the car with that license plate and tests showed that blood on the undercarriage of the car matched the victem. On the face of it, this would seem to validate hypnotism as a good tool, but it turns out that the license plate number was the only detail that she had gotten correct. Her description of the car's color, body style and manufacture were all completely wrong.
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