When too much art is bad for you. That’s Stendhal Syndrome

Wednesday, 1 February, 2017

Everything in moderation. Too much of a good thing. And so on. It’s not just the likes of alcohol, or sweet and fatty snacks, where restricted intake is required. An excess of art can trigger a psychosomatic illness known as Stendhal Syndrome, or Florence Syndrome, or hyperkulturemia.

When exposed to the concentrated works of art, affected individuals experience a wide range of symptoms including physical and emotional anxiety (rapid heart rate and intense dizziness, that often results in panic attacks and/or fainting), feelings of confusion and disorientation, nausea, dissociative episodes, temporary amnesia, paranoia, and – in extreme cases – hallucinations and temporary “madness”.

I sincerely hope you’re not in this category, if so, you are in the wrong place. As you can see, if you look around you.

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