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Abducted How People Come to Believe They Were Kidnapped by Aliens Paperback – 4 May 2007

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press; New Ed edition (4 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067402401X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674024014
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.4 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 592,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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[A] snappy study. -- Amanda Heller "Boston Globe" (12/04/2005)

Clancy focuses not on whether her subjects were actually abducted but on why they believe they were.

ÝA¨ snappy study. -- Amanda Heller "Boston Globe" (12/04/2005)

ÝClancy¨ describes not only what she has learned about the psychology of this bizarre phenomenon but also what she has learned about herself carrying out her research. Her book is a delight. -- Chris French "New Scientist" (10/22/2005)

ÝClancy¨ provideÝs¨ a discussion of current research into memory, emotion and culture that renders abduction stories understandable, if not believable. Although it focuses on abduction memories, the book hints at a larger ambition, to explain the psychology of transformative experiences, whether supposed abductions, conversions or divine visitations. -- Benedict Carey "New York Times" (08/09/2005)

The study of this belief Ýthat one has been abducted by aliens¨, unshakable in most cases, leads Ms. Clancy to make some compelling observations about recovered memory, fear, science, faith, reason, the human condition and, inevitably, aliens...Alien abduction is clearly a maddening phenomenon. Nevertheless, Ms. Clancy soldiered on--for the benefit of science, the subjects and now her readers. And apart from some brisk and debatable observations about religion that pop up at the end, she has done all a service. This book is something else. -- Carol Herman "Washington Times" (11/06/2005)

ÝAn¨ engaging book...It provides fascinating accounts of the way abductees use evidence in their reasoning, the effects of relaxation therapy and hypnosis in creating false memories and the importance of TV shows, films and books in creating the myth of the grey alien...Clancy writes in an easy-going and engaging way, describing the processes and the ups and downs of her research as well as her findings. This is a fun, readable and informative book that helps explain how and why alien abduction has become such a powerful myth. -- Susan Blackmore "Times Higher Education Supplement" (03/24/2006)

Even if the idea of alien abduction is absurd, you will find ÝClancy's¨ work fascinating and revealing. --Clare McHugh

ÝF¨or the benefit of science, the subjects and now her readers...she has done all a service Ýwith Abducted¨. --Carol Herman

Susan Clancy's study of alien abductees... serves as a useful reminder of the importance of scientific thinking. --Stuart Vyse


How could anyone believe he or she was abducted by aliens? Or want to believe it? To answer these questions, psychologist Susan Clancy interviewed and evaluated "abductees" - old and young, male and female, religious and agnostic. She listened closely to their stories - how they struggled to explain their remembered experience, how abduction seemed plausible, and how, having suspected abduction, they began to recollect it, aided by suggestion and hypnosis. This book is not only a subtle exploration of the workings of memory, but a sensitive inquiry into the nature of belief.

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