"If it weren't for the penis, human life would have ended with Adam and Eve.
It seems strange that something so important is so funny-looking.
I'm an author and journalist. Sometimes I write about funny things.
Some of those funny things are penises."
--Michael N. Marcus

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Is your weenie really waning -- or are you nuts?

Koro Syndrome, mostly found in China, Japan and India, is the obsessive fear that the penis or nipples are shrinking, or retracting into the body, and that when they finally do disappear, you will die.

The main dangers of koro are health problems caused by anxiety, and the occasional practice of either asking other people to take hold of the penis and pull it back out, or trying to pull it back out of the body by oneself.

One sufferer was 41 before he sought treatment, and had spent 15 years sleeping with a string connecting a hook above his bed his penis to keep it from shrinking.

Koro is almost exclusively found in east-Asian countries. Scientists don't know whether this is due to some intrinsic cultural tendency towards a specific type of worry, or whether the syndrome started as a rumor or legend that's being taken literally as more people talk about it. Since koro has become more widely known in western countries there have been sporadic cases in the west. These cases tend to be associated with other psychological illnesses, though, while koro in Asia is often seen in otherwise perfectly healthy people.

In 1967 there was a mass panic in Singapore with nearly 500 people seeking koro treatment in one month.

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