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Jumping Frenchmen of Maine

“Jumping Frenchman of Maine disorder” is an extremely rare condition which entails an exaggerated “startle reflex”. The condition earned its name in Northern parts of Maine, 1878, when an unusually high amount of French Canadian lumberjacks were observed screaming in high-pitched tones at the slightest provocation.

Along with the over-sensitive “startle reflex”, sufferers experience a heightened state of suggestibility. George Miller Beard, who first observed the condition, found that yelling a sudden command to a person suffering from the disorder would cause them to immediately obey that command, even if the command was to hit a spouse.

The condition is extremely rare today and psychologists are still unsure if the disorder is psychological or neurological.

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4 comments on “Jumping Frenchmen of Maine

  1. Torre DeRoche (@FearfulGirl)
    October 26, 2012

    I wish I had this just so I could tell people I have “Jumping Frenchman of Maine disorder.”

  2. Neetu
    February 6, 2013

    Brad & Lynn – We may be a bit biased but have to say that these proeoghaphsrtinforce what we already knew, Sarah and Steve are obviously very much in love and made for one another. They are a beautiful couple both inside and out and Lynn and I are very excited that Steve, Jake and Sam are part of our family. We love all of the photos and can see why Steve and Sarah picked Deborah as the photographer for the wedding. Brad’s favorite is four rows down and on the right side and Lynn will be sending in her own message as well. We Love you all very much.June 29, 2011 10:39 am

  3. zyfewuufty
    February 7, 2013

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