Mass hysteria, definition and study. A-Z index of Cognitio.

Mass hysteria is a sociopsychological phenomenon that affects the appearance of the same hysterical symptoms in more than one person. A simple example of mass hysteria is that of a group of people who believe they are suffering from the same illness or disorder. The oldest historical traces concerning the phenomenon date back to about 1500 and relate to cases that occurred, in greater numbers, in French, Italian, German and Spanish convents.

In the following centuries, from the eighteenth century onward, the epoch-making changes in lifestyle and in the conditions of work and study introduced, among other factors, by industrial revolutions, led, consequently, also the transfer of these phenomena to other places of activities: factories and schools. In Europe during the two World Wars and in the United States after 11 September 2001, cases of mass hysteria intensified considerably. Groups of individuals, located in places such as subway stations (Maryland), or after carrying out some operations such as opening envelopes or parcels, have manifested the symptoms of mass hysteria after smelling substances, deemed not dangerous by specialists . 

Some events related to the religious sphere, such as healing, miracles, visions of miracles, and many phenomena associated with UFOs, are often interpreted by scholars as cases of mass hysteria or collective psychosis.

UFO, definition and study. A-Z index of Cognitio.

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For example, the sighting of Belgium, is an unprecedented phenomenon, is among the most famous sightings of UFOs ever reported in the last fifty years. Between 1989 and 1990 the city was hit by a wave of UFOs that citizens will remember forever. The wave of Belgian UFOs reached its peak in the nights between March 30th and 31st, 1990. A witness estimate of 13,500 people claimed to have spotted them, 2,600 of them presented particularly detailed descriptions of what they had seen, of triangular or discoidal objects in the sky. 

The wave of Belgian UFOs reached its peak in the nights between March 30th and 31st, 1990

The wave of Belgian UFOs reached its peak in the nights between March 30th and 31st, 1990

On those two nights, the radar that controls the air traffic in the Glons and Semmerzake areas intercept an anomalous signal. Are they all mad? Mass insults? Hallucinations? But what did they see? Surely what no one has ever seen before. A strange object of triangular shape in the sky, with three lights positioned at the three vertices, and with a central light pulsating color between red and orange. The object went at great speed, making irregular maneuvers, and absolutely unconventional, in addition to the aircraft did not give off any noise.

Mass hysteria, definition and study. A-Z index of Cognitio.

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Mass hysteria, definition and study. A-Z index of Cognitio.

Mass hysteria