A psychological perspective on the Havana “Sonic attack”: Its all just a mass psychogenic illness (Psychology Today)
It’s perhaps inevitable that if you are a psychologist you would tend to be biassed towards considering the strange sonic occurrence at the US Embassy in Havana as a possible psychological problem, especially given that there is no explanation on what really happened. According to New Zealand sociologist and skeptic Robert Bartholomew, writing in Psychology Today (below), a likely explanation is a mass psychogenic illness (MPI). This is essentially mass hysteria or a mass nocebo effect which can tend to be diagnosed when a number of people exhibit strange behavior and those who are making the diagnosis do not know why. So, with no known reason why these 20 or so people in Havana have had these strange symptoms the psychologist’s viewpoint rides to the rescue -Â ‘Something is affecting these people and as there is no known cause for their affliction, it’s most likely a mass psychogenic illness!’
An all too convenient label to a dismiss any number of environmental health issues, not just whatever is happening in Havana.