Mass Psychosis: Why People Have Lost Their Minds


In sociology and psychology,mass hysteriais a phenomenon that transmits collectiveillusionsof threats, whether real or imaginary, through a population and society as a result of rumors and fear.[1][2]In medicine, the term is used to describe the spontaneous manifestation—or production of chemicals in the body—of the same or similar hysterical physicalsymptomsby more than one person.[3][4]

A common type of mass hysteria occurs when a group of people believes that it is suffering from a similardiseaseor ailment,[5]sometimes referred to asmass sociogenic illnessorepidemic hysteria.[6]

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