The escape-to-Israel syndrome: Variations on the geographic cure

The author conceptualizes a pattern of thought and behavior that can be called the escape-to-Israel syndrome. This pattern is a contemporary variety, appearing primarily in the Jewish population, of the "geographic cure": that is, one can solve one's personal dilemmas by moving from o...

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Published in:Journal of religion and health
Main Author: Moss, Eric
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: Springer Science + Business Media B. V. [1985]
In:Journal of religion and health
Year: 1985, Volume: 24, Issue: 4, Pages: 294-299
Further subjects:B Personal Problem
B Jewish Population
B Emotional Difficulty
B Contemporary Variety
B Personal Dilemma
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Summary:The author conceptualizes a pattern of thought and behavior that can be called the escape-to-Israel syndrome. This pattern is a contemporary variety, appearing primarily in the Jewish population, of the "geographic cure": that is, one can solve one's personal dilemmas by moving from one place to another. The syndrome is characterized by a tendency to idealize life in Israel. This idealization, and the viewers' fantasy of their own future in Israel, deflect solid confrontation with genuine personal problems. If, in fact, they do move to Israel, they may experience shock and trauma at the gap between expected reality and the discovered one. This may only compound their emotional difficulties.
ISSN:1573-6571
Contains:Enthalten in: Journal of religion and health
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1007/BF01533011