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I love researching oddities. The odd bits and pieces I run across never cease to amaze me and usually end up in my written works in ways I never anticipated.
One of my recent finds has to do with rare and interesting mental disorders and illnesses.
One of my favorites is Wendigo Psychosis. Wendigo Pyschosis is a culture-bound disorder which involves an intense
craving for human flesh and the fear that one will turn into a cannibal.
This once occurred frequently among Algonquian Indian cultures, though
has declined with the Native American urbanization.
Is this a possible explanation for the Zombie Apocalypse?
Another syndrome is the Capgras delusion. This disorder occurs when a person
holds a delusional belief that a friend, spouse or other close family
member, has been replaced by an identical-looking impostor. The Capgras
delusion is classed as a delusional misidentification syndrome, a class
of delusional beliefs that involves the misidentification of people,
places or objects. It can occur in acute, transient, or chronic forms.
More information on these and other rare and interesting disorders can be found at: www.nowthatsnifty.com