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John E. Mack, M.D., has investigated nearly one hundred cases of alien abduction and has conducted hundreds of hours of interviews and treatment. He takes his clients' accounts seriously, and in Abduction he makes clear why he believes their testimony may transform the foundations of human thought as profoundly as did Copernicus's proof that the earth is not the center of the universe. Writing with the authority and insight that have been the hallmarks of his distinguished career as a psychiatrist and writer, Dr. Mack emphasizes his clients' psychological and spiritual transformations, and he illuminates the vast implications of the abduction experience for his understanding of human psychology and of our identity as a species on this planet.<P> Never before has a book on alien abductions included case histories from such a wide cross-section of men and women from a variety of geographic regions and economic and educational levels, who had never met one another or compared their stories. Abduction will persuade every reader with an open mind that these accounts are not hallucinations, not dreams, but real experiences. Throughout Abduction, Dr. Mack focuses especially on the supportive and collaborative relationship between doctor and client. Here are vivid, dramatic, often inspiring stories of people undergoing - and triumphantly coming to understand - the greatest traumas of their lives. In Dr. Mack's retellings, these accounts of alien abduction become human interest stories of stirring emotional power. Eye-opening, provocative, and above all authoritative, Abduction makes an important contribution to the literature on human consciousness.
Dwelling on the importance of emotions in our life, the author through Harvard Affect Study Group has brought together people with different kinds of training to share a passionate interest in the study of affect.
When this Pulitzer Prize-winning biography first appeared in 1976, it rescued T. E. Lawrence from the mythologizing that had seemed to be his fate. In it, John Mack humanely and objectively explores the relationship between Lawrence's inner life and his historically significant actions. Extensive interviews, far-flung correspondence, access to War Office dispatches and unpublished letters provide the basis for Mack's sensitive investigation of the psychiatric dimensions of Lawrence's personality. In addition, Mack examines the pertinent history, politics, and sociology of the time in order to weigh the real forces with which Lawrence contended and which impinged upon him.
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