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Paris syndrome makes a woman cry and laugh next to the Eiffel Tower on TikTok

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Coined in the 1990s, “Paris syndrome” describes the physical reactions of tourists when their romantic vision of the city encounters an imperfect reality. Photo / Unsplash

A woman has taken to TikTok to share her disappointment at visiting Paris on vacation and according to science there’s a reason for it.

The video showed an American tourist, Syd Hill, laughing and crying hysterically in front of the Eiffel Tower before saying “I hate it here”.

In response, TikTok user Jacob Brainerd explained that the answer is often referred to as Paris syndrome.

“There’s actually a named medical condition called Paris syndrome that people get,” Brainerd said.

“People who have this giant, fantastic idea of ​​how beautiful Paris is and it’s so disappointing when they get there that they get sick.”

“If you look at the symptoms, it says things like hallucinations.

“Imagine hating Paris so much that you start to hallucinate.”

The phrase was coined in the 1990s by Professor Hiroaki Ota, a Japanese psychiatrist working in France, according to the BBC.

Symptoms may also include dizziness, anxiety, vomiting, sweating, and rapid heart rate.

Ota thought it was a severe version of culture shock, which tends to affect Japanese, Korean and Chinese tourists who may have unrealistic romantic visions of Paris.

When tourists from these quiet, polite cultures encounter language barriers, foreign foods, physical exhaustion, and assertive Parisians, the stress can lead to a kind of psychiatric breakdown.

The syndrome is so common that the Japanese embassy in Paris has a 24-hour hotline for people with symptoms and repatriates an average of 12 tourists a year due to symptoms. These tourists are usually women in their thirties who have high expectations of the city.

Many TikTok viewers have expressed their own difficult experiences of visiting the French capital.

“I went to Paris in 2001 and it was by far the dirtiest, smelliest city I’ve ever been in,” one viewer wrote.

One viewer even said he was hospitalized the day he arrived due to Paris Syndrome.

One solution, according to one viewer, was to visit the less popular areas of France. “Going to France for the countryside. Not Paris. It’s like visiting the United States for New York,” they wrote.
There were, however, a few Parisian supporters in the crowd.

“I don’t understand Paris 100% living up to the hype for me,” one viewer wrote.

“Yes I’ve been there twice and enjoyed both times, just do non-touristy things,” another wrote.