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Mass Hysteria

Mass hysteria is some fanny of Irrational, compulsive belief or behavior which spreads among people.  It can be a brief crowd incident, as when a
W’  of uncontrollable twitching spread fought a Louisiana high school Schuyler and Trenton, 1943]. The New York Times [Sept. 14, ~52J reported that at a Mississippi football   165 teenage girls in a cheering section became excited and “fainted like flies.” Or mass hysteria may extend beyond a single collection of people at a single moment in time. In one town, dozens of people over several weeks reported being attacked by a “phantom anesthetist” who sprayed them with an unknown drug which caused paralysis and other symptoms [Johnson, 1945]. The Salem witchcraft trials are an interesting historical example of mass hysteria [Starkey, 1949]. Recurrent waves of flying-saucer reports  together with an elaborate pseudoscientific literature on flying saucers, are a more modern
example of mass hysteria [Hackett, 1948; Gardner, 1957, chap. 5; Menzel and Taves, 1977]. From an analysis of the reports, it can be suspected that flying-saucer reports were often the main cause of flying-saucer reports; that is, publicity about flying saucers aroused a series of new “sightings.” It is, of course, a scientific possibility- that some of the “unidentified’ flying objects” are from outer space. As stated earlier, a negative proposition (e.g., “there are no flying saucers”) is impossible to prove; but the present evidence for them is most unconvincing Condom, 1969; Klass, 1975; Menzel and Taves, 1977; Shaeffer, 1981]. During the late summer of 1974, nearly a hundred reports of mysterious “cattle mutilations” spread through Nebraska and So the Dakota. Some officials attributed these  ., tilations.(ears, lips, and sex organs most often

Posted on September 4, 2014 in COLLECTIVE BEHAVIOR AND SOCIAL MOVEMENT

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