Jerusalem syndrome?

Is this a real thing?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    The Jerusalem syndrome is the name given to a group of mental phenomena involving the presence of either religiously themed obsessive ideas, delusions or other psychosis-like experiences, that are triggered by, or lead to, a visit to the city of Jerusalem. It is not endemic to one single religion or denomination, but has affected Jews and Christians of many different backgrounds.

    The best known, although not the most prevalent manifestation of the Jerusalem syndrome, is the phenomenon whereby a person who seems previously balanced and devoid of any signs of psychopathology, becomes psychotic after arriving in Jerusalem. The psychosis is characterised by an intense religious theme and typically resolves to full recovery after a few weeks, or after being removed from the area.

    Dr. Yair Bar El et al. claimed[1] that there is a specific syndrome which emerges in tourists who had no previous psychiatric history. However this has been disputed, especially by Dr. Moshe Kalian and Prof. Eliezer Witztum[2][3]. They stressed that nearly all of the tourists who demonstrated the described behaviours were already mentally ill prior to their arrival to Jerusalem. Further, of the small proportion alleged to have exhibited spontaneous psychosis after arrival in Jerusalem, there was no evidence presented that they had previously been well.

  • 4 years ago

    The stupidity syndrome. you are the poster baby for it. no person talks so continually approximately God as people who insist that there is not any God. -- Heywood Broun call 1800-stupidhaters sticks and stones make ruin my bones yet trolls and stupidity won't in any respect harm me

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Yup; it's real. I've seen it up close & personal. I met a guy who thought he was King David. Seriously.

    My heart goes out to these people, because they are sincere in the religious fervency & devotion, but something else temporarily takes over their mental faculty.

  • Cyber
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    I have the New Jerusalem of Heaven syndrome....

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  • 1 decade ago

    longing for GOD's Kingdom to come the "New Jerusalem" is a spiritual thing, only those in Christ know this.

  • Intresting question from one who's avatar is wearing a centurion helm...

  • 1 decade ago

    Yes it is a true psychological occurrence for some.

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