Victim Mentality In Abductees: An Unacceptable Concept. ©

An Essay by Ann Druffel, (California), FSR Consultant

[This article was first published in the MUFON UFO Journal for May 2000, and has been revised slightly by the author for the overseas issue in FSR. Editor FSR]

In August 1998 my most recent book, HOW TO DEFEND YOURSELF AGAINST ALIEN ABDUCTION, was published by Three Rivers Press, a "How To" division of Random House, followed closely by a U.K. edition in November 1998 from Piatkus Publishers Limited. Better publishers could not have been found - the finest editors and class-act books which covered twenty-five years of personal research on the UFO abduction phenomenon. For a year afterward, and continuing full speed today, the book receives publicity on radio and TV. It has been reviewed favourably in numerous UFO and parapsychology journals, and in newsstand magazines in the U.S. and the U.K.

In spite of the fact of the new concept presented in the book is of supreme importance to the UFO field, certain influential UFO researchers have remained strangely silent. This is in stark contrast to favourable reviews by top objective researchers - Dwight Connelly in MUFON UFO JOURNAL, Jenny Zeidman in INTERNATIONAL UFO REPORTER, Tim Owen and Paul Norman in AUSTRALIAN UFO NEWSLETTER, Gordon Creighton in FLYING SAUCER REVIEW amongst others.

During a magic 21/2 hours with Art Bell on COAST TO COAST, I fielded intelligent questions from numerous listeners and I will presently appear on DREAMLAND with Whitley Strieber. All this demonstrates the interest in the subject of "registers" who successfully tell the abduction phenomenon, whatever it is, to go away and quit bothering them.

Many abduction researchers in various countries have sent letters of agreement and encouragement, and my data base of "registers" grows rapidly as many abductees continue to share their experiences, containing approximately 100 cases to date. Yet a few top abduction researchers continue to ignore the new concept and message in the book, namely, that stout-hearted witnesses and abductees can and do fend off so-called "UFO aliens", and even permanently rid themselves of the visitations.

In conversation at the annual Laramie Conference last year with a well-known author and abduction researcher, he told me that he came across "registers" in his case load but did not elaborate how he handled this information. I know for a fact that other researchers come across registers, but these cases somehow never make it into print. Do these particular researchers dismiss "registers" because they don't fit in with their own hypotheses? If so I feel that attitude is unscientific. In science, we don't work with all data that comes to us from rational, honest sources and try not to "screen out" what is unacceptable to us?

Curious as to why certain researchers have been ignoring the new concept and message in HOW TO DEFEND YOURSELF AGAINST ALIEN ABDUCTION, I recently sent friendly letters, copies of the book and related bio/résumé/biographical material to four of those who had been so silent, with a simple request for feedback and input. None of the four responded. Their silence was so deafening that it allowed valuable insight to seep into my brain - information which seems so startling that I feel impelled to share it with you. Namely: Certain factors in the UFO field apparently do not want instances of successful resistance to come out. If they ignore the book and its new concept, will they perhaps not be tempted to try and advise their own traumatized abductees that resistance may be possible?

Perhaps they do not believe that resistance works and so don't want abductees to even consider it for fear they will "fail" and emerge traumatized? Or do they perhaps sincerely believe that experiencers have no right to resist? What other reasons would prevent researchers from learning vital, new information about a phenomenon on which they have laboured for decades?

All four "silent " researchers I refer to are Americans working mainly with American abductees. I do not know if any researchers in the U.K. share these thoughts, but practically nothing has been written in overseas journals, either, about successful resistance. Do researchers truly feel that the abduction phenomenon is so overpowering that it is able to overthrow the principles of freedom on which democracies and republics worldwide were founded - the same principles of freedom from fear and oppression which guide our everyday lives?

Do these researchers really believe that self-determination, right of privacy and other principles of individual freedom no longer apply? Do that truly think that we are now in the hands (or claws) of whitish, frail, large-eyed humanoids whose source is, at best, uncertain? What kind of nonsense is this? I think it is nonsense being fed to us by the phenomenon itself, whatever it is.

Where in the great works of history, philosophy, and theology does it say that orders of beings can tamper with us, guide our destinies or are responsible for us in any way? Say what you will, authors like Von Dãniken and Sitchin are not the equivalent of Plato, Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas, Muhammed, Buddha and other world thinkers, (not to mention one other who is held to be far greater than any of these! - G.C.)

The theories put forth by these top-profile abduction researchers are conspicuously contradictory, but they do not seem to recognize this among themselves. There is a "oneness" among them which is difficult to understand. Some of them theorize (or are actually convinced) that extraterrestrial creatures are hybridising humans against their will so that they can take over our planet.

Others theorize (or are convinced) that these creatures are somehow responsible, in the great order of things, for evolving the human race and bringing us to "higher spirituality"? These gentle thinkers do not explain why the creature first traumatize victims with unpleasant interactions, then eventually lead the abductees to "love" them. According to this theory, the creatures' painful interference is really "good" for the human race, and abductees should go along with it because the creatures "know hat is best for us."!


The data is overwhelming that unidentified, possible extraterrestrial, craft seem to be monitoring mankind. These demonstrably physical UFOs reported by credible witnesses constitute a serious scientific question which has regrettably been covered up by governments and ignored by official Science.


However in my considered opinion, UFO phenomena can be separated into two separate groups:

Craft-like UFOs which are caught on radar, chased by jet pilots, appear to be physical in our earth's space-time, but in these cases little or no interaction with any "occupants" is noted.

So-called "alien abductions", on the other hand, generally take place in altered states of consciousness and are retrieved in large part through hypnotic regression.

Claims of "genetic manipulation", "missing foetuses", "implants" and "alien-military co-operation" lack solid, scientific proof of extraterrestrial involvement, although I concede that some so -called "implants", "scars" and the like might be due to the creatures' ability to materialize temporarily into our space-time.

But the proliferation and escalation of abduction claims seem more likely caused by 1. telepathic leakage during hypnosis between witnesses and hypnotist/researchers; and 2. psychological deception by the phenomenon itself.

The logical question to all this is: Why is the trauma necessary? If these creatures are really "in charge of us" why don't they approach us with kind logic from the beginning? Another logical question: As an American, I have to ask: Whatever happened to our individual rights of self-determination and liberty.

The same question can be asked by citizens of many other countries. To me, both theories in the UFO field outlined above consider these creatures to be "in charge of us".

This idea contradicts the principles of freedom of the individual. It flies in the face of the American "Declaration of Independence", the English "Magna Carta", The French Revolution and every other instance in which a nation of free-thinking peoples have emerged from rag-tag armies of revolutionaries or serfs.

If any reader thinks I am emphasizing "human rights" too much, consider this: Police detectives who investigate horrible cases of rape, for example, do not think of our "inalienable rights." They are simply outraged by the immoral act that has been perpetrated upon the victims.

Alien abduction scenarios are basically the same as rape and other criminal attacks. The fact that they take place in altered state of consciousness does not matter here. Abduction scenarios are very real to the experiencers; they constitute a type of altered reality, the effects of which extends into their physical lives.

The nine resistance techniques described in HOW TO DEFEND YOURSELF... enable traumatized experiencers to break the altered state of consciousness in which abduction scenarios occur. Once the altered state is broken and the person returns to full waking consciousness, the creatures vanish and the scenario ends.

My book gives multiple examples of actual documented case studies which illustrate in detail the way in which the techniques are used successfully, and it also describes the psychological concepts and personality traits which seem to be involved in successful resistance.

I might gratefully add that Captain Edgar J. Mitchell, U.S. astronaut and sixth man to walk on the Moon, endorses my book on the cover thus: "This is a very powerful book because it shows the deep psychological component of the UFO experience. Druffel's research does us all a great service." As the founder of the Institute of Noetic Sciences and author of THE WAY OF THE EXPLORER, Captain Mitchell's statement was gratefully received.


HOW TO DEFEND YOURSELF AGAINST ALIEN ABDUCTION also presents a working hypothesis so well against entities which present themselves as technologically superior extra-terrestrials. The hypothesis is this:

Abductees are possibly interacting with interdimensional beings which have been described in philosophical, historical and religious writings, and in folklore and legend, from every major culture of the worlds and in minor cultures as well.

These beings reportedly delight in harassing and deceiving human beings, often in a sexual manner. Specific examples are the jinns, described in the Koran, the Celtic "Sidhe" or "faery folk", the "incubi" of Europe, the "Old Hag" in Newfoundland and the "elementals" in Buddhist cultures.

They are also known by many other names in many different languages. They are described in Malaysia and Indonesia, in Iceland, by the Aborigines of Australia and by various Native American tribes. Because these beings reportedly have the ability to shapeshift, it is surmised that they have now taken on a form which would logically frighten even modern, technically-advanced human beings.

The creatures reported in folklore and legends, as well as in present-day accounts, have at least eight characteristics in common with our so-called "UFO alien abductors". All of them reportedly:-

1. Materialize and de-materialize;
2. Harass human beings, frequently in a sexual manner;
3. Reportedly "steal" human babies and/or unborn foetuses;
4. Distort the witnesses' perception of time;
5. Pass through solid matter;
6. Enter temporarily into Earth space-time, sometimes leaving physical traces;
7. Shape-shift into various forms and sizes including, at times, animals;
8. Exist normally on what is describes as a "hidden plane" which co-exists alongside our normal earthly space-time.

All these world cultures have developed means to resist these creatures, and many of their techniques are similar to techniques used by the seventy-two (72) resisters described in my book. So why shouldn't abductees in modern cultures be able to fend off as well? The answer? - They can and do.

It is crucial that adequate attention be given to the concept of succesful resistance. "Resisters" are able to live happy, productive lives, free of the trauma and other negative effects caused by their prior experiences.

The concept of resistance is spreading: Several research sources are speaking about it on the Internet, and letters from a few researchers who have begun to teach resistance techniques to abductees are passing over my desk. I would hope that a continuing dialogue on the subject will be started in FLYING SAUCER REVIEW to counteract the silence of the few colleagues aforementioned.

HOW TO DEFEND YOURSELF AGAINS ALIEN ABDUCTION gives detailed case examples and practical pointers to persons experiencing abduction trauma and let them know that they are not helpless victims. Free people around the world should not have to feel that they are victims of anyone or anything.

Human beings are neither: (1) victims being taken over against their will; nor (2) frail creatures who need help in being evolved.

Human beings everywhere can, with bold assurance fight against anything we need to fight against and win!

This article is copyright of Ann Druffel and is reproduced on UFOINFO with permission.

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