Questions tagged [psychology]

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How to convince a lot of people to join a cage anarchist country?

The experiment requires 250 million people and a lifetime dedication; once in there's no way out. It consists on enclosing people in 5 artificial countries, each country with fixed rules. Each person ...
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Neural wireless link: Buy your personal hive mind for only 399!

Tired of having to sleep? Tired of having to die? Tired of having to age? Tired of being weak? Tired of being short? Tired of being male or female? Tired of being human? Tired of being made of flesh? ...
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How long would it take for these creatures to reach mental “adulthood”?

In my world, I have a species that is born essentially as adults with fully developed instincts and motor skills. However, when these creatures emerge, there is still a learning period for things that ...
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How can a movie drive anyone who watches it insane?

I have an idea about an alien that conquers the world by assuming human form and releasing a film that drives whoever watches it insane. The masses that see it go on to destroy civilization in a ...
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How much time before going completely insane? [closed]

If a human being was put into a stasis, where they experience time significantly faster, how long would it be until they go completely insane? In the stasis, everything is pitch black, and there is ...
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What would be the psychological ramifications of aging back and forth?

In my scenario, there is a society of people who continuously age back and forth until an unspecified moment when the body can't repeat the "growing younger" phase, grows old once again and ...
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Genetic personality [closed]

I want a family of humans born with insticts that come fron their parents. Father smithsman and mother vampire hunter = child attracted to metalworking and with a natural hate and instincts to murder ...
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Implications of a Race which becomes Smarter when in Danger

So I'm designing an alien race loosely based on the Kafers from the tabletop RPG 2300 AD. These aliens not only become temporarily hyper intelligent as an electrochemical effect of their equivalent to ...
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How would humanity react to finding the universe is uninhabited? [closed]

If there is one trope I am sick of it is the one I like to call the Empty Universe. This is when humanity has spread out to the stars and finds...well, nothing. Spending centuries exploring the ...
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Evolutionary narrative for brains that evolve abstract thought alongside bodily function control

Premise Typically, we might view the evolution of the brain as a linear progression: with its primitive reptilian brain stem as the origin and the lofty neocortex as the pinnacle. However, I'm aiming ...
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Activities/tasks that would benefit from mind melding

Sort of like how in Pacific Rim, the giant mecha are piloted by two individuals with a temporary telepathic link in order to share the mental load. This is something that one person alone cannot do (...
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Group dynamics, family life and childrearing aboard a generational sailing fleet

Background A while back I posed a scenario of a privately owned nomadic trading fleet that sailed around the world for centuries. A commercial enterprise spanning multiple generations, without any ...
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Is mirror test a good way to explore alien inhabited world safely?

In a distant future our robot will be setting their tracks on another hospitable planet, I believe we are not alone and there must be other intelligence beings out there in these billions upon ...
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How severe a multiple personality disorder can I impose on all inhabitants of a world without overt risk of a failed state?

Everyone should have multiple personality disorder. Here, I'm trying to make an educated decision as to whether there is a certain degree of severity that would be realistic/sustainable yet still ...
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Impact of Dexterity: More Organized Society

This question is a follow-up to Increasing Impact: Fitter Society? and focuses on a property called Dexterity, which determines the focus and precision of spells and rituals. High Impact individuals ...
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What is the best age to start training young children for warfare by an elite military?

Note: this is NOT a duplicate of this question as that question asks whether the process will create better soldiers or not, while in my setting it is already accepted by the empire that it WILL ...
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What would be the consequences of a society literally run by sociopaths?

I was listening to a worldbuilding discussion on another site and somebody came up with an idea for a dystopian setting that they called "the worst of all possible worlds". Basically, the ...
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How could death hold its value if resurrection is widely available?

Sadly, plain resurrection is much simpler and scientifically more plausible than traveling back in time. However, time travel has the intrinsic drawback of erasing the progress you've made after a ...
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If a disembodied mind/soul can think, what does the brain do?

In fantasy fiction, we often see that disembodied minds or souls can think just as if they were alive - eg in an afterlife or as incorporeal undead. In the real world, thinking and other mental ...
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Can warmongers be highly empathetic and compassionate?

This question is really straightforward: can a sane species adapt to be highly violent, aggressive and war-like, but at the same time be very non-sadistic, empathetic and compassionate? If so, what ...
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How to recruit members for a cult in the post-apocalypse?

In my world, everything was ruined. Global Thermonuclear War wiped out billions, and now, only a small smattering of post-apocalyptic survivors remain. In one bunker out in the Wasteland, a well-armed,...
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What could lead humans to go extinct after a collapse of technological civilization?

A few hundred years from now, a prosperous humanity heavily relying on technology is hit by a disaster. It's not a type of a disaster that kills many people instantly, but it takes out enough ...
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Likelihood of super man being a truly nasty person? [closed]

Given that superman is, essentially, imbued with god-like power, in a world where (let's be honest) he could easily dispatch anyone with kryptonite, what is the likelihood that - eventually - he would ...
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Could someone be convinced they are a robot?

My story takes place in a near-future where robots have gotten so realistic it is impossible to tell them apart visually from humans. Hyperreal human robots are the latest fad, where the robot has its ...
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How to work out who or how many are in power when you are a lower tier life form?

In my story I have built up a system of life-forms which at their earliest stages of evolution were created by a single very intelligent entity. As time goes by those lower on the pecking order start ...
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How could you modifying humans to make us resistant to technology addiction?

In a near future-tech scenario, mankind is plagued by rampant technology addiction to the point the point that it begins to threaten the overall stability of society. Tech companies have become more ...
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People dying and respawning, would it increase their pain tolerance?

Another element of my meta-setting was the Foundation. What they exactly do changes from story to story, but they're usually a peacekeeping force, low in numbers but insanely powerful. One reason for ...
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How can we avoid the evolution of inductive reasoning?

Inductive reasoning is one of our most powerful thinking tools as humans. It allows us to find patterns in what we observe and generalize these patterns to predict what will happen in the future. Even ...
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Cognitive behavioral therapy for Dwarves suffering from auromania

In a Tolkein-like world, I want to devise a rehab program for Dwarves to course-correct if/when they succumb to treasure-induced auromania. Symptoms include: Paranoia - mistakenly belief that others ...
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What would cause vampires to become aroused when feeding?

I know that vampire bites could be very...erotic in most fictions, mostly due to proximity and intimate nature; more so with a human partner and it's heavily empathised but I'm wanting to understand ...
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Detriments to mechanical extremities

I want to make a short story, examining the difficulties when augmenting bodies because it’s interesting and to see if I can write. what are the physical and mental detriments of mechanical ...
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What conditions might produce creatures that don’t believe in choice?

Whether or not “free will” exists, and whether or not the future has multiple “possible” outcomes, is a very deep philosophical question with a long history. One of the reasons this debate is so rich ...
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The unmelancholic ones [closed]

why of this question Feeling really detached from my past lately, as if I never truly experienced it and it was not part of me. Just destroyed every single picture of me cause when I look at them I ...
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Internet memes and psychological warfare? Is there a way to determine what is and isn't a good idea? [closed]

So, whenever something meme-related stuff happens in a battle scene, I explain it with a catch-all excuse: Psychological Warfare While there is some novelty in using cheap holographic (read: smart ...
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What makes supervillains want to tell their plans to adversaries?

Stark: What's the vibranium for? Ultron: I'm glad you asked that, because I wanted to take this time to explain my evil plan... - Avengers: Age of Ultron A pervasive trope throughout literature, ...
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Why would an alien communicate with humans? [closed]

Inspired by a Joe Rogan podcast I started writing and drawing some things this morning and I wanna create a short scene where the classic movie thropes meets the hunter morale and mentality. Classic ...
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what would be the psychological ramifications an individual with an unlimited amount of lives?

During the dark ages, a woman ran afoul of a witch, who put a curse upon her and her daughter with a spell. The evil witch cursed the poor woman with eternal motherhood. It gave her complete ...
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How to induce Mandela effect to the entire nation that machines are uprising?

Set in the 18th century C.E. somewhere in Europe with population of slightly more than 2 million, they are just starting to light up the streets using electricity and for the first time they gets to ...
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Psychological Effects of Distributed Central Nervous System

What would be the psychological effects of a sentient creature having its central nervous system distributed throughout its entire central body? How would they think differently than humans? This ...
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How would a god entertain themselves in the long run [closed]

I have a character who became god, which means they can do anything and bend space and time to their will. They can create new universes or even reset the timeline of an universe and change history ...
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Can one (re)learn empathy if they have the necessary structures?

In my world, I plan for an alien pathogen to cause drastic mutations in all lifeforms, reshaping plants, animals and humans alike in a scenario of near inversion of positions, with animals and certain ...
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Humanity's Response to Earth's Destruction? [closed]

In a science-fiction scenario set several hundred years in the future, most of humanity lives on various O'Neill-type space habitats, with maybe 1/4 to 1/3rd of the total human population living on ...
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Treating Postpartum Depression when Reproductive Mortality is ~100%?

Postpartum depression among humans is a thing that is "normal" insofar as it happens a lot, but it is not "normal" in the sense of "a thing that we don't worry about"; it doesn't happen to absolutely ...
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Could Richard Nixon stop another Nixon from nuking Washington DC? [closed]

A doppelganger of Richard Nixon orders a nuclear strike on Washington DC from NORAD after aliens arrive to make first contact in 1969. The real Richard Nixon is in Washington DC and desires to prevent ...
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Rewiring the way one views his kind

In my post apocalyptic world, a virus has spread, essentially changing the roles, with infected animals gaining sentience and intellect close to a human and humans degrading into a more animalistic, ...
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Net shift of humans towards introversion?

Extraversion and introversion are a central dimension in the Big Five personality model (or OCEAN model). Being introverted or extraverted may not be mutually exclusive, but, when averaging out over ...
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What would aliens find disturbing about Bible-Belt Christianity? [closed]

Say that an alien race makes first contact with Earth. They orbit for a few days, take a look around... and then land right in the middle of the Bible Belt. Provided that they have moral values ...
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Why would an AI only give limited information to humans?

I'm thinking about an AI similar to The Machine from Person of Interest but in a generally more advanced setting, and with a likely more broad goal of serving as a shepherd for humanity as opposed to ...
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Psychological Development of Children and Adolescents Under Accelerated Time

To try and explain the situation the best I can imagine one of those sci-fi/fantasy situations where whenever someone is asleep they can experience new things. Whether they somehow end up in some ...
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Would serial killers be a thing In a world where duels to the death are perfectly legal?

In this world, people have the legal right to fight anyone to the death, for any reason, as long as the fights are done before an official whose sole job is to regulate these duels. The officials in ...

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