In Wetumpka, AL.
The Wayback Machine will show
this site is a 14 year investigation of Subliminal Distraction.
If you wish to help in this project,
send the Home page URL to your email list and encourage everyone to do the same.
Preventing Subliminal Distraction
episodes, mistaken for mental illness, is simple and free.
Edit Thursday October 25, 2014
Demonstration of subliminal sight
If you reached this page
from a search engine enter the site
Culture Bound Syndromes
Under construction. Visit the Wayback Machine,
VisionAndPsychosis.Net for the old page.
Culture Bound Syndromes are a group of bizarre
behaviors found around the world. Each ethnic culture experiences them in terms
of their beliefs. This is disconcerting for investigators since they
can't fit the behaviors and beliefs into any of the "disorders" of the DSM.
Although not understood the delusions of
schizophrenia are also culture specific.
Most sites about Culture Bound Syndromes have a list
of them with the explanation from local sources. This page is about what
causes the psychotic-like beliefs and bizarre behaviors.
CBS's can be defined in two ways.
The first grouping:
A sudden onset dissociative or
A reaction and understanding,
explanation, of the episode which is determined by ethnic and cultural
A full remission with no
apparent after effects;
Sometimes the episode involves
violence and automatism;
Paranoia and anxiety may be a
There may be amnesia of the
events during the episode.
Hearing Voices is often
mentioned but usually in the local ethnic understanding, spirit possession
or speaking to ancestors.
This list conforms to the general
diagnosis Brief Psychotic Disorder or reactionary psychosis.
A second Grouping:
This grouping is about activities
that engage the conflict of physiology explored on this site.
The effected person had an occupation or
activity which included:
Confinement of two or more
people in small over-wintering living quarters, (Includes Longhouses in the
south pacific, exception to cold weather and small space housing);
Lived in single-room
arrangements for primitive locations (huts, hogans, kivas), or similar space
restricted arrangements in inner cities, ;
Was a craft worker in
Was a student in western
style classrooms, at any grade level, elementary, high school, or college;
Worked as Knowledge worker in a
business where Cubicle Level Protection is not provided, (Going Postal);
Participant in a repeating group
ritual or exercise where eyes-open concentration is required, (Qi Gong and
Kundalini Yoga), (The Awakening of Kundalini is not considered a CBS
but it is the same phenomenon.)
These two groups overlap. Confusion
arises because symptoms may vary from the violence of Amok to the strange
behavior of removing clothes and running across snow and ice in Arctic Hysteria.
Investigators of Culture Bound
Syndromes have been missing a key piece of information. That is the existence of
a conflict of physiology.
The DSM is a collection of
observations to group mental disorders into mood disorders and psychotic
disorders. This system of categorization fails when Culture Bound Syndromes are
considered because the behaviors are not similar. There is no apparent common
observed behavior for most CBS's. The jumping diseases, plus Amok, Going Postal
and Iich'aa are exceptions to that. And that's where the information to
understand them all is.
This early woodcut print does not look like a modern
office but the possibility of Subliminal Distraction for occupants is the same.
Confined living arrangements in too-small single-room housing
held family or clan members close together so that when someone entered a mental
state of complete and full mental investment to make tools or weapons, repair or
create clothing, work on ceremonial objects, or just daydream, the "special
circumstances" for Subliminal Distraction exposure were created.
Today we think of computer use or long hours sitting at a
desk performing knowledge work as the only cause of Subliminal Distraction exposure. But the
level of mental investment is same for everyone when you concentrate to work
that you are no longer consciously aware of events happening around you.
It's the state of full mental investment that allows exposure
not the nature of the work.
This would be true for Culture Bound Syndromes such as Ghost
Sickness, Windigo Psychosis, Lap Panic, Arctic Hysteria, Cabin Fever, and
The list below is taken from the original investigation site.
Included are "disorders" that can be associated with
These disorders are not currently considered Culture Bound
But Anorexia, for instance, predominately happens to women. That is a
definable group to meet the definition of Culture Bound Syndrome.
- Ainu - Japan - Japanese women - hyper-startle, command behavior,
obscenities - may be Jumping Disease
- Alien Abduction Syndrome -- World wide - The
culture and belief set includes those concerned with extraterrestrial life
forms. It is not currently included in CBS's.
- ADD and ADHD -- not considered a CBS.
_ Typically recognized to happen in classrooms. Involves short lapses in
attention. Described like switching channels on a TV.
- Amafufunyana - Zulus and Xhosas -- Africa -
Hearing voices - One source references violence, Believed caused by
witchcraft. also substituted for Schizophrenia.
- Amok or Mata Elap -- Malaysia - Sudden
violent episode believed to be triggered by insult. Began to happen with
large groups living in Longhouses.
- Anfechtung - (Proun ahn-feck-tung ) Hutterites in Canada - fear of
having sinned. First described by Martin Luther, racing heart, fear, pain,
despair, sweating, buzzing in ears, insomnia.
- Anorexia Nervosa -- United States - eating
disorder - altered mental state and belief system, not considered a CBS.
- Arctic Hysteria -- Alaska and Sub Arctic
Areas - Sudden dissociative episode.
- Ataque de Nervios - Latin America,
Caribbean, Latin Mediterranean groups- Idiom of Distress and has
dissociation, with attacks on people.
- Awakening of Kundalini -- Believed to be a
religious experience not considered a CBS
- Bah-tschi (bah-tsi, baah-jii)
Thailand - learned reaction to startle - may be jumping disease
- Bangungut - Oriental nightmare death -
similar to Hmong Sudden Death Syndrome
- Baridi - Tanzania - progressive emotional
detachment - opposition to cultural values
- Brain Fog or Brain Fag -- West Africa --
Believed to effect only male high school and college students -
- Bulimia --United States eating disorder.
- Cabin Fever -- Not SAD, Seasonal Affective
Disorder -- Originally a violent event when two or more people were confined
in small cabins during the fur trapping period in the United States.
- Cafard or Cathard -- Polynesia - not much
available but said to be similar to Amok
- Couvade -- world wide not a CBS -
- CVS- Cyclical Vomiting Syndrome - NOT a CBS
- repeating episodes of vomiting with no cause in adults and children.
- Falling Out - US Miami and afro-Caribbean
groups victims faint, can hear but not speak or move.
- Ghost Sickness - Native American groups -
hearing sounds attributed to spirits of dead (hearing voices)
- Going Postal -- United States -- Named for
violent events by postal workers. Includes other mass violence.
- Grisi siknis - Miskito Indians, Nicaragua -
anxiety, anger, aimless running , headache
- Hafrigan - single reference - no location -
somatic manifestation of anxiety?
- Hikikomori - Japan withdrawal from social
contact-depression, OCD, lethargy, paranoia
- Hi-Wa itck - Mohave
Native Americans, depression possible suicide
- Hmong Sudden Death Syndrome - Laos -
- Taiwan - possession by ghost - disorientation, hallucinations
- Hwa-byung - Korea - Pain and fear abdominal
mass will cause death.
- Icelandic Disease -- Iceland -- Believed
to be caused by virus because of viral equestrian disease.
- iich'aa -- Navaho -- Sudden episodes of
violence compared to Amok, Malaysia
- Ikota - Siberia - one reference of startle
reaction or Jumping Disease
- Imu - Ainu of Northern Japan - jumping
disease - (See Ainu)
- Jumping Frenchmen of Maine Syndrome --
Lumber camps in Canada and United States (circa 1880), command behaviors,
hyper-startle has features usually associated with catatonic schizophrenia.
- Karoshi - Japan - physical exhaustion,
mental breaks, sudden death MI/ suicide - believed to be caused by overwork
- Koro - South East Asia - Reaction based on
fear that penis will retract into the body and cause death. - injury caused
by efforts to prevent that.
- Kuru - New Guinea- South Forte' group - CJD,
Kreutzfeld-Jacob Disease, Human variant Mad Cow Disease, or Bovine
Spongiform Encephalopathy - Not a CBS, it is a Neurological disease.
- Latah -- Malaysia -- jumping disease
linked to Jumping Frenchmen of Maine
- Lapp panic - Sami Greenand -little
information, listed with Jumping Disease, linked to Bipolar Disorder
- Locura - Latin America - chronic psychosis
includes altered reality (may be same as Schizophrenia)
- Mal de Pelea -- Puerto Rico see Amok, Going
- Mal de ojo (evil eye) -Spain, Latin America
- Idiom of Distress or metaphor for disease/ misfortune - headache,
restlessness, crying, with stomach complaints. Symptoms compared to
- Mal Puesto - Spanish idiom - hexing, magic
worked against the sufferer. Symptoms include paranoia.
- Mali-mali - Phillipines - one reference may
be Jumping Disease
- Mal Vientos - bad wind- Maya of Belize -
sleep disturbance, hearing voices, itching skin, melancholy - believed
caused by contact with spirit of murdered persons _note skin sensations
- Myiachit -- Jumping disease of Siberia (No
additional information available.)
- Narahatiye qalb - Iran and mid-east- Panic
symptoms including heart pounding
- Ojo - See Mal de Ojo. Even approving
glances and stares are believed to cause illness; especially when directed
- p'a ling Wind Illness- (wei
han zhen -frigophobia) China and
Southeast Asia - fear of cold or wind in heat of tropics
- Piblokto -- Listed as Arctic Hysteria --
period of confusion and bizarre behavior as in to "go piblokto."
- Pica - world wide, southern US - eating non
food items clay dirt - Claimed as habit with no psychiatric features
- Panic Attacks -- Not considered a CBS but
caused by the same exposure and same phenomenon.
- Qi Gong
Psychotic Reaction or Deviation -- Acknowledged to be caused by
too-frequent Qi Gong exercise in compact time frame.
- Screaming Seaman - Submarines and ships -
sudden panic attack - Believed caused by stress and the environment aboard
- Shenjing shaijo - China - Same as Koro
- Shenkui - China - anxiety or panic symptoms
with psychosomatic complaints attributed to semen loss (Dhat)
- Shin-byung - divine illness - Korea - spirit
possession, with somatic complaints speaking to or for ancestors (hearing
- Shinkeishitsu - Japan - obsessions,
perfectionism, social withdrawal, unfounded fears of illness or being ill.
- Spell - United States - a trance like state
where the subject speaks to deceased relatives (hearing voices)
- Susto - fright sickness latin america -also
espanto, pasmo, tripa ida, perdida del alma, and chibih. Similar to PTSD
with restlessness, excitability, somatic complaints, depression. and drastic
change in appetite.
- Tabanka - Trinidad - depression, suicide -
linked to men abandoned by wives
- Taijin-kyofu-sho (sp Tanijin kyofusho) -
Japan _ Panic and anxiety related to giving offense - believed to effect
only young Japanese men
- Uqamairineq - Yupik Eskimos - Old Hag -
paralysis and hallucinations upon awaking or beginning sleep
- Ufufuyane - Africa - Young unmarried women-
anxiety, shouting ,paralysis, stupor, convulsions, temporary blindness.
- Wei han zheng - Ethnic Chinese Singapore -
"fear of being cold' effected persons wear heavy coats, clothing in
- Whitigo -- Cree for Windigo, the boogeyman
of northeastern Native Americans
- Whitman Syndrome - another name for Going
Postal - from shooting incident at ?? University of Texas, tower shooting
- Windigo (Sp Wendigo) Psychosis -- Canada and
United States Native American Tribes - Belief that you are pursued by or are
becoming the Windigo, a cannibal.
- Yaun - Myanmar - one reference - may be
- Yi-ping - hysteria - Possession Disorder -
- Zar - North Africa and Mid-East - Spirit possession - laughing,
shouting, hitting head against wall weeping
- To be continued - the entries are
incomplete and your interest may not be listed.