Children sob. Teenagers contemplate suicide. Cultists travel to a flat mountaintop in France, hoping that when the world collapses, alien spaceships from another galaxy will miraculously arrive at the rendezvous point. The French government sends in the military.
But a few brave scientists -- archaeologists, anthropologists and psychologists -- fight back against the frenzy. The rumors aren’t real, they say. Doomsday is purely an urban legend, based on a misreading of the Mayan calendar.
This has not been good for the mental health of the population at large, especially children and adolescents. “About one in 10 Americans believe in the Mayan myth, and about one in 10 will actually take drastic action related to the myth,” Dr. Robert Epstein, a psychologist, and former Editor-in-Chief of Psychology Today, told FoxNews.com. “They buy in to the Mayan prediction because it fits biases they already have.”