Mass Psychogenic Illness Outbreak In Malaysia

AnonyJoolz

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From https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-48850490

A well-documented case of hysteria/panic attacks transmitted through a girls' school.

"It was a quiet Friday morning last July when pandemonium broke out at a school in north-east Malaysia. Siti Nurannisaa, a 17-year-old student, was at the centre of the chaos. This is her account of what happened.

'The assembly bells rang.

I was at my desk feeling sleepy when I felt a hard, sharp tap on my shoulder.

I turned round to see who it was and the room went dark.

Fear overtook me. I felt a sharp, splitting pain in my back and my head started spinning. I fell to the floor.

Before I knew it, I was looking into the 'otherworld'. Scenes of blood, gore and violence.

The scariest thing I saw was a face of pure evil.

It was haunting me, I couldn't escape. I opened my mouth and tried to scream but no sound came out.'

I passed out.

Siti's outburst triggered a powerful chain reaction that ripped through the school. Within minutes students in other classrooms started screaming, their frantic cries ricocheting through the halls.

One girl fainted after claiming to have seen the same "dark figure".

Classroom doors slammed shut at the Ketereh national secondary school (SMK Ketereh) in Kelantan as panicked teachers and students barricaded themselves in. Islamic spiritual healers were called to perform mass prayer sessions.

By the end of the day, 39 people were deemed to have been affected by an outbreak of "mass hysteria"."


My own personal view is that maybe the stress of living as a female child in Malaysia which is technologically advanced but socially conservative could be part of cause., but that's just me. It's interesting to read of the initial trigger thoughts and feelings as I don't think I've seen that before.
 

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From https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-48850490

...I was at my desk feeling sleepy when I felt a hard, sharp tap on my shoulder.

I turned round to see who it was and the room went dark.

Fear overtook me. I felt a sharp, splitting pain in my back and my head started spinning. I fell to the floor.

Before I knew it, I was looking into the 'otherworld'. Scenes of blood, gore and violence.

The scariest thing I saw was a face of pure evil.

It was haunting me, I couldn't escape. I opened my mouth and tried to scream but no sound came out.'
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This is the quote [my bold] from the student that interested me the most - it sounds like an episode of hypnogogia + sleep paralysis + stress dream terror that passed into waking and panic. I don't know if I've ever read an expression of what triggers the first 'patient zero' experience of a MPI before.

Normally I'm rather sceptical of such incidents being put down to 'mass hysteria' -as there is usually no single person trigger and in cases such as Hollinwell there could very well be an organic, physiological cause which could be a bit awkward to TPTB - but this report is fascinating from a psychological POV.
 

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For some reason, this thread keeps appearing at the bottom of the New Posts list even though I've looked at it and clicked the What's New > New Posts link. It should disappear from the list.
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Flush the toilet and log-in again.
 

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For some reason, this thread keeps appearing at the bottom of the New Posts list even though I've looked at it and clicked the What's New > New Posts link. It should disappear from the list.
What's going on?
Hmmm. The other threads behave normally.
This one is 'different'.
I can't replicate the behavior you describe.
 
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