A corrupt tree cannot bear good fruit
Alien Possession Theory (APT) considers the possibility, common in science fiction, that hostile extraterrestrials (ETs) from another world, realm or plane use psi to produce damaging effects on psychologically vulnerable individuals.
APT suggests the possibility of a purely transpersonal colonization of the mind by malevolent ETs or evil spiritual beings (traditionally regarded as demons), which collectively are called negative spiritual influences (NSI).
According to APT, NSIs might try to convince individuals that they are better, special, and chosen. In this way, victims see themselves as quite apart from the common herd. NSI would achieve this unwelcome outcome partly by preying on victims’ unresolved issues and inferiority complexes, and partly by bestowing paranormal abilities and promising to fulfill victims’ deepest personal hopes and dreams.
While this may sound pretty far out, from an Adlerian perspective, some victims of early abuse might compensate for deep-seated feelings of inferiority by believing they’re superior to others. It’s probably easier for some folks to see themselves as “chosen prophets” or invaluable, inter-dimensional ambassadors instead of examining the emotional scars of childhood left behind from a dysfunctional family and/or oppressive social system.
But why psi?
APT explores the notion that NSI and related paranormal phenomena could exist but it doesn’t pretend to have the final word on these matters.
In support of the idea of psi being related to ETs, Arlan K. Andrews summarizes a considerable number of reports suggesting that the presence of ETs/UFOs, especially after first contact, is linked to a significant increase in psi abilities.¹
So APT theorizes that any new-found psi abilities (telepathy, precognition, telekinesis) or, perhaps, the uncritical belief in these abilities could entice victims into seeing themselves as genetically above the ‘common’ masses. In keeping with this idea, it’s a historical fact that violent tyrants and non-violent fanatics often believe they are unique, privileged agents of God or of some higher power.
In contemporary psychiatric terms one might say that the pain of a childhood complex is repressed and supplanted by magical thinking that, at one extreme, contributes to the development of sociopathy or, at the other extreme, to harmless, non-violent daydreamers and religious zealots.
However, APT favors a holistic approach over the psychiatric emphasis on nature/nurture contributing to destructive mental illnesses or innocuous fantasies and delusions. Alleged paranormal phenomena such as ETs and psi are not entirely explained away as hallucinations, fantasies or delusions born of so-called chemical imbalances, faulty genes, childhood trauma, poor nutrition, stress, drug use or some combination of those factors.²
Again, APT recognizes the possibility that NSI and psi could exist. But rather than setting out to prove or disprove the existence of NSI and psi, APT is more concerned to assess the ethical attitudes and behavior linked to beliefs about these, as of yet, unproven possibilities. Accordingly, APT examines whether or not observable attitudes and behavior support a person or group’s belief in the alleged goodness of ETs and the paranormal powers they allegedly bestow.
APT draws on the theological idea of ‘the discernment of spirits’ but its overall outlook is not necessarily restricted to traditional religious cosmologies.
Rather than limiting itself to the assumptions and parameters of a single discipline, APT builds on and attempts to integrate aspects of scientific, psychological, sociological, philosophical and theological discourse to advance knowledge and promote wellness in this intriguing area that bridges many disciplines.
It should be stressed that APT is chiefly concerned with understanding and rectifying beliefs about ETs and psi that are deemed potentially unhealthy and dysfunctional. The notion that benevolent ETs may exist is not ruled out. But APT places Husserlian brackets³ around any such truth-claims.
¹ See “Psychic Aspects of UFO’s” in Ronald Story, ed. The Encyclopedia of UFO’s. Doubleday & Co. Garden City, New York: 1980, pp. 286-289.
² The widespread belief, promotion and advertising of ideas like chemical imbalance and faulty genes has been critiqued from diverse sociological, philosophical and scientific perspectives.
³ See “5. The phenomenological epoché” at http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/husserl/#PheEpo
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