The Power of the brain
The power of the brain is immense. Our brains have the ability to create the non-existing, making us believe in the non-happening. The question for today is if ideas of illness can become illness, what else about our reality is actually a disorder.
There are interesting programming errors in human behavior. Stories of small groups of people creating the same behavioral and physical symptoms are good examples for this.
People getting the flu when there is no virus in the environment – simultaneous pregnancy epidemic among teens in small towns – mass depression in select places are examples from the tip of the ice berg. The human brain can make people act out of order and the Tanganyoka Lauhter Epidemic is worth noting for this.
Tanganyika Laughter Epidemic
The Tanganyika laughter epidemic was mass psychogenic illness that is occurred in Tanzanian village called Kashasha.
The laughing began with three girls and carried on to affect 95 students in the school. The symptoms lasted from a few hours to 16 days. Students were aged 16-18 and the teachers were not affected. The symptoms of pain, fainting, flatulence, respiratory problems, rashes, attacks of crying, and random screaming were seen among kids. The interesting part is the laughter crisiis spread to other school affecting 14 schools and over 1000 people.
This incident (story) took place in 1962. The facts are not concrete and the whole scenario sounds as if kids wanted a day off of school. That being said a mass contagious disorder should not be ruled out.
For more information check out the video on Tanganyika Laughter Epidemic.