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Cryptid Encounters and the Nature of Fear
When: Saturday, July 20, 2019 @ 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Heads up! We have the special privilege of one of our 2017 speakers, Rich Daniels, returning to the Forum for an exclusive presentation in July. Rich will also be one of the speakers for Human Origins Conference 2020.
When he previously spoke at the Forum, Rich was in the process of compiling 145 Bigfoot sighting reports into a case study that would focus on mapping the range of emotional and psychological affects experienced by cryptid witnesses. That long-awaited case study has been completed and was finally released this year in June. As you've probably guessed, it has received huge accolades from the academic community. Presented by Rich Daniels.
“After eleven years of cryptid research I came to realize that witnesses I was interviewing demonstrated some of the same symptoms and reactions to their experiences as did clients I worked with in the mental and behavioral health field. Cryptid witnesses shared traumatic reactions with victims of chronic abuse, witnesses to extreme violence and those enduring near-death experiences. Today I will speak of “The Nature of Fear” from both my own experiences and those of some of the 145 witnesses I have interviewed over the last three years for a case study on the subject.”
About Rich Daniels
Rich Daniels is a Behavioral Support Specialist and Contributing Editor-Moderator for the National Cryptid Society, an organization bringing cryptozoological awareness to the public. Having come face to face with Bigfoot encounters in three different states – as well as an encounter with a skinwalker – Rich Daniels has experienced quite a bit in the cryptid arena. He was the keynote speaker at the Marinette/Menominee Bigfoot Convention in 2017, an annual event in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula that he was invited to speak at again recently in 2019.
For the past eleven years, he has been working with at-risk youths in the mental/behavioral health field, assisting 74 young people in achieving full recovery and healthy discharge from therapeutic care:
“It's incredible to think that I'm in my eleventh year of working with at-risk kids when I got into the field by answering a Craig's List ad. I'm not much of a prideful man but what little pride I do enjoy comes from helping 74 young people conquer the challenges in their lives and move on to seek happiness. Through embracing and living the precepts of Change, Humor, The Paradox and The Journey I have reached individuals deemed unreachable and opened the door to hope for some considered hopeless. I've come to know my calling to be service to others and I don't intend to ever deviate from that course.”
For more information, please visit Rich Daniels on Facebook and the National Cryptid Society. Contact him directly using Facebook Messenger. Make sure you visit the Marinette/Menominee Bigfoot Convention online for all the latest info on their upcoming speakers and events. For your interest, you can also catch the Bigfoot Portal on Facebook and Twitter.