Recently the global documentary channels have focused much on Westerners who travel abroad and become victims of everything from criminals,
involvement in crime for easy cash, to fake gurus.
The depiction and construction of global travel can change astoundingly between various films and documentaries, and how such programs that focus on
perils in nature and "exotic countries" influence conceptual responses is unknown.
What is less discussed is that some places actually bring out temporary forms of insanity in vulnerable people.
One such form is "India Syndrome".
The issue of "India Syndrome" was raised again recently in the media when a 28-year-old Irishman called Jonathan Spollen went mysteriously missing.
See also this link, which includes a documentary:
In India it seems that some Westerners have starved themselves to death in a yearning for enlightenment.
"India Syndrome" has now been coined as a psychiatric condition along with other geographically distinct mental disorders.
Some of these disorders are clearly misnomers that were named after the places in which they were first identified (Stockholm or Lima Syndrome), while
the evidence for the rest is rather debatable, and they seem to be linked to religion, rather than places.
"Jerusalem syndrome", for example, is linked to the overwhelming significance of the city in some religions, which turns people with no history of
mental illness temporarily psychotic.
The city of Florence has few religious connotations, but has a similar effect on some Japanese tourists.
I wonder whether some of these places don't project a certain energy that can make people temporarily insane?
I have nightmares about New York and tall buildings, although I've never been there.
Is it just TV and media?
Do you have a phobia for a certain place on earth?
How should we interpret such "syndromes?"
edit on 23-10-2012 by halfoldman because: (no reason given)