Anomalistic psychology

Anomalistic psychology is the name given to the critical study of paranormal beleifs in phenomena such as:-

  • abductions by UFOs

  • new-age healing crystals

  • satanic cults

  • talking to your pot plants.

 Anomalistic psychology has developed out of a criticism of parapsychology.

It seems to be a useful form of psychology for people who wish to deny that child sexual abuse exists.

Instead of sorting through messy evidence of what did or didn’t happen, anomalistic pychologists can simply work ontologically backwards from a position of disbeleif.

  • UFO abductions don’t exist.

  •  But some some people beleive they HAVE been abducted by aliens

  • It is therefore logically possible that some people can believe that child sexual abuse has happened when it has not.

There is a problem with this argument however.

  • There is plenty of evidence showing that the UK has a terrible history of violence towards children.

  • In july 2015 the UK was criticised by the UN for allowing adults to hit children in private homes

  • This is hardly comparable with a “belief” in UFO abductions.

  • It is therefore unethical to work backwards from a position of disbelief when discussing violence against children in the UK