Today’s case study is in the latter category. It is sad, and I am frankly at a loss for words. The woman in question self-describes as schizophrenic, and she describes how Ancient Aliens has contributed to her understanding of the world.
A few months ago, Ancient Aliens suggested that an Aztec obsidian mirror owned by John Dee was a communication device used to reach extraterrestrials, whom Dee called angels. The object is now in the British Museum, and it is quite likely to actually be one of the shiny objects through which Dee and his assistant, Edward Kelly, believed they were seeing images of angels. At any rate, Horace Walpole (founder of the Gothic school of literature) believed as much when he placed a label stating this in the mirror’s case, made for it when he bought the mirror in 1771.
A woman named Lucia from Uruguay believes that the angels directed her to watch this episode of Ancient Aliens, and she says that immediately upon seeing the reference to Dee’s mirror, she “knew” psychically that it was intended to serve as a device for communicating with angels.
some after that a sort of black mirror showed up in my imagination and saw that as ajoke.... except that I started to see what I see in walls inside MY mind and my real physical eyes are very tired LIKE if they were focusing to project it inside me, after my fear was gone and saw as real what I saw the guide spoke saying to "shut down" my walls projection and when I asked for it I started to feel a strong amount of burning high end energy in me and my eyes are somewhat HURTED due to focus but they are just tired not painfull
(spelling and grammar as in original)
She went on to say that she thought that the angel-aliens had given her genetic therapy to turn her into an alien, but that they instead recently informed her that she is merely among the most highly-developed human beings. She asserts that she feels scared as a result of the communications with these alien-angels and that she has started to remember multiple alien abductions, including one in which an alien dentist replaced all of her teeth.
While Ancient Aliens is not to blame for this woman experiencing fear of what sounds very much like waking dreams, I think it can well be blamed for giving shape to the specific form of her nightmares, and for inspiring new nightmares. It is obviously not the fault of Ancient Aliens that a self-described schizophrenic has adopted their claims, but it is a sad illustration of how low-evidence, high-drama fringe material becomes the fabric of nightmares.