mass psychogenic illness


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mass psychogenic illness

n.
The occurrence of psychogenic illness in a group of people at the same time. Examples include the biting manias and dancing manias that spread throughout parts of Europe between the 1200s and the 1600s.
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Robert Bartholomew, an Australian sociologist who documented more than 3,500 incidences of mass psychogenic illness around the world, said his research points to these fainting spells as a subconscious form 'of ritualised rebellion' - a kind of collective protest that allows young women to bargain with authority figures without facing the consequences.
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