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Old 09-02-2012, 01:31 PM
 
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This is something that you can look up on Wikipedia, if you are interested. Basically, there are 1200 documented cases of tourists from 1990 through 2003 traveling to Jerusalem and becoming convinced while they are there that they are a "prophet" or some important religious figure.

Its happened often enough that it appears as a diagnosis in the DSM which is used by psychologists and psychiatrists to diagnose mental illness.

People affected by the "Jerusalem Syndrome" generally show these sort of characteristics:

1. They want to separate from a tour group and be by themselves;
2. They become very fastidious and engage in frequently bathing, frequenting nail and toe nail clipping, and become obsessed with cleanliness.
3. They will take take white bed sheets from their hotel and fashion them into a garment or costume.
4. They will go to holy sites and attempt to preach sermons emphasizing the world's wickedness, the need for a simpler life, and the need for redemption.

Over 400 people with this disorder have been hospitalized while visiting Jerusalem. The rest were treated as outpatients.

What do you think causes this? Religion? Pre-existing mental illness? The stress of traveling? Or, are they really prophets?

I think its just an example of how much we think is supernatural is really the product of something else.
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Old 09-02-2012, 01:43 PM
 
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This is neither supernatural nor paranormal. It's nothing more than religious euphoria.
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Old 09-02-2012, 01:45 PM
 
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This is neither supernatural nor paranormal. It's nothing more than religious euphoria.
I agree with this. Simply caught up in the experience and perhaps far away from home can overwhelm some.
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Old 09-02-2012, 01:55 PM
 
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I agree with this. Simply caught up in the experience and perhaps far away from home can overwhelm some.
True, and as soon as the affected person is away from Jerusalem, the condition goes away.
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Old 09-02-2012, 03:45 PM
 
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What type of person would go to Jerusalem for a vacation? Right there, many are already very religious folks...who INMO...are already half way to mental issues.
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Old 09-02-2012, 04:08 PM
 
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I wonder what would happen if they visited the Bunny Ranch?

I would not mind vacationing in Israel. And I am not overly religious. And I am only 1/4 of the way to mental issues.
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Old 09-02-2012, 04:17 PM
 
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I wonder what would happen if they visited the Bunny Ranch?

I would not mind vacationing in Israel. And I am not overly religious. And I am only 1/4 of the way to mental issues.
The Bunny Ranch?

While i'm pretty sure bed sheets WOULD be involved, they wouldn't be wearing them.
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Old 09-02-2012, 04:28 PM
 
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Moved to Mental Health forum.
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Old 09-02-2012, 06:30 PM
 
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This is something that you can look up on Wikipedia, if you are interested. Basically, there are 1200 documented cases of tourists from 1990 through 2003 traveling to Jerusalem and becoming convinced while they are there that they are a "prophet" or some important religious figure.

Its happened often enough that it appears as a diagnosis in the DSM which is used by psychologists and psychiatrists to diagnose mental illness.

People affected by the "Jerusalem Syndrome" generally show these sort of characteristics:

1. They want to separate from a tour group and be by themselves;
2. They become very fastidious and engage in frequently bathing, frequenting nail and toe nail clipping, and become obsessed with cleanliness.
3. They will take take white bed sheets from their hotel and fashion them into a garment or costume.
4. They will go to holy sites and attempt to preach sermons emphasizing the world's wickedness, the need for a simpler life, and the need for redemption.

Over 400 people with this disorder have been hospitalized while visiting Jerusalem. The rest were treated as outpatients.

What do you think causes this? Religion? Pre-existing mental illness? The stress of traveling? Or, are they really prophets?

I think its just an example of how much we think is supernatural is really the product of something else.
Wow, bizarr-o. I have never heard of such a thing. I've known a lot of people who go to Israel; for example, Christians doing Holy Land tours or Jews going with Birthright, but I've never heard of any of them experiencing this.

I'm thinking it had to be in their heads somewhere before they got there--i.e., they decided to travel to Jerusalem for a reason in the first place. But still--what a weird thing.
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Old 09-03-2012, 02:52 AM
 
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Travel, religion and stress aren't reason for wearing bed sheets and prophesying. Mental health, yes.

I believe in ghosts, but I don't cut out holes in my sheets, wear them and tell people I'm Casper.

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