Humans communicate with aliens in much the same way as the aliens communicate with them. Abductees report that they are unable to fashion words with their mouths. They indicate that they are paralyzed and could not speak orally if they wanted to. Just as often they say that it does not even occur to them to use their voices. But in order to engage aliens in conversation, they know that it must be accomplished from mind to mind. Usually, humans report communication with aliens that relate to the abductees’ condition on board the object: the purpose of procedures administered to them, how long they will be there, and if others abducted with them are all right. They might even ask general questions about the purposes and meaning of the abduction program — although this is not usual. Asking questions, however, does not mean that the aliens will answer; the question imperative does not necessarily provide “psychological” pressure for an alien to answer. If they answer at all, it is often with vague generalities. Thus, responding to a question does not necessarily mean that valuable information will be imparted, although it sometimes does occur.
Although virtually all communication is telepathic, abductees report that at times they find that they can verbalize. Usually this comes out in the form of shouts, cries, moans, and other vocalizations. It is sometimes a shock for an abductee to hear the silence pierced by the screams or moans of another abductee on board a UFO. Although aspiration and vocalization is possible at times, word formation is much less so.