Culture shock to the extreme

Culture shock is always something to think about when taking a meeting overseas, but this is pretty extreme: Paris Syndrome. According to the article, some Japanese tourists find the reality of Paris so far removed from their expectations that it actually can cause psychosis:

    Around a dozen Japanese tourists a year need psychological treatment after visiting Paris as the reality of unfriendly locals and scruffy streets clashes with their expectations, a newspaper reported on Sunday.

    "A third of patients get better immediately, a third suffer relapses and the rest have psychoses," Yousef Mahmoudia, a psychologist at the Hotel-Dieu hospital, next to Notre Dame cathedral, told the newspaper Journal du Dimanche.

If you have any fragile folks in your group, I guess you better be careful in how you market your destination, be it Paris or Pittsburgh.

(Thanks to the MeCo listserv for the pointer.)

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