‘Psychic Attack’ Rumors Run Wild After 18 Hospitalized at Japanese High School

psychic attackPsychic attack? Teen angst externalized? Via Who Forted?

Last Wednesday at the well-known prep school Kamigōri High in Hyogo, Japan, emergency services were called out and a reported 18 girls were taken to hospitals after what was described as a bizarre, hour long “state of panic” during which dozens of teen girls began hyperventilating.

The initial incident began when a first year student began complaining of a “bad feeling”. Her hyperventilating sparked a chain of similar events that affected [18 others].

Things got even stranger when rumors began spreading that the incident was actually the work of a psychic attack dealt from the first girl to exhibit the bizarre symptoms. According to the Aioi police department, it was well known amongst the other students that the girl displayed “supernatural senses” and they believed she was to blame for the hospitalizations.

The victims have since been released from the hospital and have shown no long term after effects. The girl accused of psychically attacking her fellow students has not responded to rumors about her alleged psychic abilities and authorities have not released her name to the public.

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  • Haystack

    This is hysterical contagion. In other cases it manifests as spirit possession, a mysterious illness, etc. The best-studied example was a “June bug” epidemic that took place in a textile factory in 1962, causing the workers to go dizzy and faint. The affected populations are usually found to be under inordinate stress, but have nothing tangible to lash out against, nor the means to improve their overall condition.The contagion gives them something tangible to react to, and grants them the licence to act out. The girls’ school is a classic setting, because girls so often lack the social status to change the conditions that are being imposed upon them.

    • ParanoidCoast

      I agree; also called Conversion Disorder or Mass Psychogenic illness. Recently, there was a similar case in New York state where girls came down with sudden Tourette’s Syndrome.

    • kowalityjesus

      perhaps the inordinate stress leaves them spiritually vulnerable. I would not be surprised, if this phenomenon could be isolated in laboratory conditions, that this were entirely psycho-chemical. But I would sooner vie that a slightly more numinous effect is at play, otherwise I would imagine this type of thing would be more commonplace.

      • echar

        Maybe their self esteems were lowered by a gaggle of Christians threatening them with eternal damnation. Which caused them fear and anxiety, and ultimately mental breakdowns?

        • kowalityjesus

          The last prolific Christian evangelization in Japan was undertaken by Francis Xavier in the 16th century. Besides bilocation, calming a storm at sea, and his gift of tongues, he raised no fewer than 12 people from the dead in southeast Asia, and baptized between 30,000 and 100,000 people. Through incisive persecution from the Tokugawa shogunate, which forced crowds to trample over bronze representations of ‘Christ on the Cross’ and ‘Madonna and Child’ singling out practicing Catholics to renounce their faith on penalty of death, Xavier’s legacy persisted. As many as 1,000 Christians were martyred during persecutions, and Portuguese traders 3 centuries later found yet 100,000 Christians in the area of Nagasaki.

          • echar

            Karmic backlash?

          • kowalityjesus

            Imperical contrivances

          • echar

            Observe this, the God/s of one worldview may be the Demons
            of another. You should know this, Catholicism mastered how and what to do when encountering another culture. So much so that it’s thralls see anything but as demons.

          • kowalityjesus

            Its something I’m still trying to get my head around.

          • Noah_Nine

            the miracles are all apocryphal of course…

          • kowalityjesus

            not that such a curt, unsubstantiated, and blatantly overgeneralizing statement deserves a serious response, but who would believe that in the history of the church, of all the thousands and thousands and thousands of documented miracles that they were all bunk? That is almost like saying that the Roman empire converted to Christianity because of political motivations and mass delirium.

          • Paul Schneider

            It’s saying exactly that, kowality. The Roman empire DID convert to Christianity because of political motivations and mass delirium. The Romans recognized the power that could be had by converting their people to monotheism. Under polytheism, the people were able to choose who would be their patron, which god they would specifically devote to, but choice of god also makes them expect to have more choice in leadership. When the switch to monotheism was made, it gave people the impression that they would only have one to look up to, and that makes them easier to control, because they are used to not having a choice in who runs their lives.

          • kowalityjesus

            I find that highly unlikely, and so do many historians. You bring up an interesting point, but that is a feedback loop with a prerequisite of massive voluntary conversion. Authority can be generated from the top down or the bottom up.

          • Microhero

            We also introduced them to firearms, raising the dead on one side, lowering the living on the other, wonders of a christian nation…

  • Anarchy Pony

    TETSUOOOOOOO!

    • echar

      You got the jump on me!

      • Anarchy Pony

        The proper reply is: KANEDAAAAAAAAA!

        • echar

          Sorry I blew up!

    • Apathesis

      Thank you. I needed a laugh!

  • echar

    Was there an exam or something?

    also…
    http://c.asset.soup.io/asset/1726/3292_5c2c.gif

    • Rhoid Rager

      I must be the only Japanophile that doesn’t like anime. The only anime I can tolerate is Miyazaki. And I understand what they are saying usually!

      • echar

        I am more a fan of European style, but I have dabbled in anime. Perfect Blue, Paprika, Redline, and Miyazaki. Although I have not watched Grave of the Fireflies. I have been told it’s extremely sad.

        • Noah_Nine

          so so sad…

    • Rhoid Rager

      This is my kind of culture… Okinawan folk music…

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MDGGFxwels

      • echar

        What is the name of this group in English? I am a big fan of traditional/world/ethnic music.

        • atlanticus

          Seishin Taba…I think it’s one person.

          • echar

            Thank you Charlotte

          • atlanticus

            You’re welcome. :)

        • Rhoid Rager

          Sorry. Been out all day. Yes, it’s Taba Seishin, but it’s a group that sings traditional Okinawan songs (Min’yoh). One particular famous person in the group is named Yasunori Kinjo. But, it’s probably easier if you just search for ‘Okinawan folk songs’ on youtube, or ‘Japanese folk songs’.

          • echar

            I tried to search for Taba Seishin, with no luck. Thanks for the tips.

            I have only two examples of Traditional Japanese music in my collection.

            Gorō Yamaguchi – Bell Ringing in the Empty Sky

            and this one

            Midori Takada – Through The Looking Glass
            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWGjYg2LmZQ

  • AManCalledDa-da

    Da-da’s had that same Bad Feeling ever since school let out for summer. The Bad Feeling should vanish by late August.

  • BuzzCoastin

    herds are easily influenced & manipulated
    herd mentality is contagious

    • kowalityjesus

      have I ever told you that you would make a dangerously compelling cult leader? Thanks for not.

      • BuzzCoastin

        I was a cult leader for a brief period
        but I found it boring

        • kowalityjesus

          fookin lol