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"Paris Syndrome" , YES, It is A Real Disordder Affecting Mostly Japanese

Sorry if this had been posted befor, but I just heard about it.
I thought it was joke., but apparently, it is a serious situation.

Is there anythother city in the world that comes close to provoking the same reaction that the Paris Syndrome is triggering to these Japanese tourists?
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Paris Syndrome: Could Any Other City Produce This Bizarre Affliction?


There's a fascinating piece by Chelsea Fagan's over at TheAtlantic.com about the Paris Syndrome, an apparently real disorder, somewhat similar to a panic attack, that has afflicted at least 20 tourists this year while visiting the City of Lights. Most Paris Syndrome sufferers have been Japanese tourists, and the cause of their symptoms, which include "acute delusions, hallucinations, dizziness, sweating, and feelings of persecution," is thought to be linked to extreme disappointment that Paris is not always the magical, romantic wonderland it's so often made out to be in the movies:
The shock of coming to grips with a city that is indifferent to their presence and looks nothing like their imagination launches tourists into a psychological tailspin which, in at least six cases this year, necessitated the patient being flown back to his or her country under medical supervision. Usually, though, bed rest and hydration seem to take care of the problem within a few days. The Japanese Embassy, though, has had no shortage of people who, in the throes of the Syndrome, call or visit to be reassured that the city is not going to collapse in upon them.
This illness seems to have taken its place as the 21st century gout -- just slightly too privileged a problem to sympathize with. One imagines women with large, ornate folding fans fainting on street corners and mustachioed men's monocles dropping, with a little tinkle, into champagne glasses. Yet, for those who succumb to it, Paris Syndrome and its after-effects are very, very real. Sufferers have reported being traumatized by the experience, of fearing ever traveling again.
Every city has its stereotypes, and Paris's "problem" here does indeed seem somewhat laughable: the picture of it in the minds of much of the world is incredibly idealized, or as Fagan puts it, we "imagine the whole city just smells like Chanel No. 5 and has a government-mandated mime on every corner." Upon realizing this is not really the case, tourists with more delicate constitutions can apparently have a surprisingly difficult time coping.

Are there any other cities that have such strong stereotypes that tourists could fall prey to a similar psychological shock? It's hard to think of any that have quite the same level of overwhelmingly positive media portrayals, but perhaps a Barcelona Syndrome or a Venice Syndrome are not far behind. On the flip side, cities with significantly outdated negative stereotypes seem ripe for further study: the New York Syndrome, for example, could be brought on when a New Yorker smiles and says "hello" to a stranger on the street, or the Philadelphia Syndrome upon meeting perfectly pleasant local sports fans.



source: http://www.theatlanticcities.com/art...ffliction/318/

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I'd love to see the pictures of Paris these people draw in their heads. Paris is lovely. I can slightly relate to the disappointment that the Moulin Rouge (and Montmartre) might give tourists after they've seen the movies but hey, this is real life.
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As a European I can say Paris is one of the shittest capital cities Europe has to offer....

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Well I heard some people experience religious related delusions when they visit Jerusalem. Things like this don't surprise me anymore.

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Well I heard some people experience religious related delusions when they visit Jerusalem. Things like this don't surprise me anymore.
Yes, some people have cited Jerusalem as well, alhtought not as acute as Paris.

For Jerusalem, depending on the symptomes, they can be easily attributed to religious experience of being in a holy city
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Maybe Amelie had a form of it too, which was why she always choked @ RG. (The arena for the Paris Indoor must have had some kind of "special shielding" from it, hence her 3 singles titles there). Of course Max could blame Lena losing the '04 RG final (and thus being first female Russian singles Slam winner) to her childhood friend (the Contessa) to the Blond Bomber having this syndrome too.

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I thought this was going to be about Paris Hilton.

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I thought this was going to be about Paris Hilton.
Had I not created the thread, I would have thought the same too.
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This is one of the most bizarre afflictions I've come across. I can't help but feel it's kinda stupid, despite the symptoms being real.
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I'd love to see the pictures of Paris these people draw in their heads.
Right? Very odd...
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I'd love to see the pictures of Paris these people draw in their heads. Paris is lovely. I can slightly relate to the disappointment that the Moulin Rouge (and Montmartre) might give tourists after they've seen the movies but hey, this is real life.
Apparently, in Japan, according to some accounts I read, they show lot of romantic movies, where everyone is middle to upper middle class, is well dressed and elegant
All service workers , concierges, waitresses, taxi drivers, flight attendants are all all polite and always ready attend to all customer's needs.

Hotels, restaurants are outstanding with elegant settings.

Rarely do you see non-white(non blacks, no Arabs, no Asians) in any of the images they are exposed to.
In short,, Japanese have a very idyllic, romantic, idealistic idea of Paris

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Apparently, in Japan, according to some accounts I read, they show lot of romantic movies, where everyone is middle to upper middle class, is well dressed and elegant
All service workers , concierges, waitresses, taxi drivers, flight attendants are all all polite and always ready attend to all customer's needs.

Hotels, restaurants are outstanding with elegant settings.

Rarely do you see non-white(non blacks, no Arabs, no Asians) in any of the images they are exposed too.
In short,, Japanese have a very idyllic, romantic, idealistic idea of Paris
Here in Japan customer service in restaurants etc is spectacularly good. This is why France, with it's often surly waiters etc, is an extra shock.

Their perception of England, the image of the English gentleman, must likewise be shaken after 5 minutes at Heathrow or on the London Underground.

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Here in Japan customer service in restaurants etc is spectacularly good. This is why France, with it's often surly waiters etc, is an extra shock.

Their perception of England, the image of the English gentleman, must likewise be shaken after 5 minutes at Heathrow or on the London Underground.
Yeah, I forgot you are in Japan.

Can you shed some light this so called syndrome that is afflicting the Japanese?
The expert I listened blamed it on the outdated, idyllic, unrealistic images of Paris Japanese are exposed too?
What is your experience?
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Yeah, I forgot you are in Japan.

Can you shed some light this so called syndrome that is afflicting the Japanese?
The expert I listened blamed it on the outdated, idyllic, unrealistic images of Paris Japanese are exposed too?
What is your experience?
Haven't come across it in a major way. Though Japanese women do dream of going to Paris, and their vision of Paris probably doesn't square with reality. There is an innocence about the Japanese that is rather wonderful at its best. People have been so kind to me here.

My tutor has been to Paris, she liked it but made the mistake of speaking English there...which is a big no-no in my experience of France.

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Yes, I heard about this syndrome, maybe first about 10-12 years ago.

I think it's just a major clash of cultures

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