Alien Abduction or Sleep Paralysis

Since the first reported alien abduction in 1957 by Antonio Villas Boas there have been a number of others that have also claimed to have been abducted. Their stories are remarkably similar. They wake up and find themselves paralyzed, unable to move or cry out for help. They see flashing lights and hear buzzing sounds. They feel an electric sensation which levitates their bodies. The approaching aliens with wrap-around eyes, gray or green skin, lacking hair or noses causes the abductees’ heart to pound violently. They are transported to the alien’s ship where they are probed. Instruments are inserted in their noses, navels, or other orifices. It’s painful. Sometimes sexual intercourse occurs.

After a few seconds or minutes it is over. The aliens have vanished and the abductees are back in their own beds and can move again.

This experience sounds strangely like that of someone experiencing sleep paralysis. You wake up and find yourself paralyzed, unable to move or cry out for help. You are transcending from a sleep to a waking state causing hallucinations, where you may see and hear strange forms and sounds. Where you are fully awake you are not sure what just happened.

Ok so how do I come to remember all the details of my experience? Well most people that have claimed to have been abducted only remember the experience after being hypnotized to help them recover their lost memories.

Some leading Psychologist feel that hypnosis is a bad way to refresh your memories. Not only that, it renders you susceptible to creating memories of things that never happened, things that were suggested to you or that you just imagined.

This means that during hypnosis the hypnotist may actually create false memories by asking you questions like is there anyone in the room with you.

A study conducted by Psychologist at Harvard University also found that while the abductees show little evidence to support psychopathology in abductees. The research indicated that these individuals usually do not meet the criteria for serious psychiatric impairment, but they scored high on measures of schizotypy. Such individuals can be described as eccentric, prone to magical thinking, and loners. And concluded that abductees were prone to creating false memories in the lab and were confused about the source of these memories.

This study also made some other tantalizing discoveries. Measurements of sweating, heart rate, and brain waves showed that those claiming to be abductees show the same symptoms of post-traumatic stress syndrome as combat veterans. The researchers did not, however, conclude that the abductees had experienced combat-type trauma. Rather, they believe, it is the emotional significance of a memory, whether it is true or not, that causes sweaty hands and rapid heartbeats.

You may also find it interesting that stories of alien abduction did not exist prior to 1962, and they appear to have begun after they were dramatized on TV and in the movies. The first movie to depict alien abduction was the 1953 movie Invaders from Mars, and the Outer Limits television series presented a number of alien abduction stories from 1961-1964.

With the above information you may believe that those reporting to have been abducted by aliens are highly imaginative people that have experienced sleep paralysis and later through hypnotism have been couched into recovering false memories of the experience.

The possibility always exists that some sleep paralysis experiences might have been misinterpreted by the individuals reporting them as alien abductions, particularly by susceptible people who have been devouring books about aliens. But what about those who have claimed to have been abducted during a waking state.

While there is no proof to support or dismiss the reports of alien abduction we would be pretty vain to believe that we are the only intelligent beings in the universe or for that matter the most evolved. This being said I still find some of the report a little hard to accept of a more evolved being. If I am studying a monkey I am pretty sure that I am not going to want to have sex with it.

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  3. Pauline Wilson says:

    There has been quite a lot written about the relevance of sleep paralysis to the question of alien abductions. In Australia one of the best articles written in recent years is one by former UFO researcher Keith Basterfield and is to be found at

    Less has been written on the possible application of sleep paralysis research and the paranormal. However, the new book by Australian, Louis Proud, titled “Dark Intrusions” presents an interesting read. Find out more about the book at

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