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Title: Abnormal Psychology and Culture-Bound Syndromes

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Subject: Psychology
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Date: March 5, 2003
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This is where the phrase ‘running amuck’ comes from. The last two culture-bound syndromes to be mentioned are somatoform disorders found primarily in Asian and Indian males. Koro is impotence resulting from the fear that the penis is shrinking (Matsumoto, 1994), and dhat syndrome is the intense fear or anxiety of losing semen through nocturnal emissions or even urination (Nevid, Rathus, Greene, 2006)...

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To the men of India semen is the elixir of life, and it provides health and longevity. With that being said, it is not hard to imagine how these men might develop this fear when a commonly held Hindu belief is it takes “ forty meals to form one drop of blood; forty drops of blood to fuse and form one drop of bone marrow, and forty drops of this to form one drop of semen...

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