Questions tagged [psychology]

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Escaping the Snakebot of Doom

The Snakebot of Doom - now dubbed Jormungandr by the first humans to encounter it and survive - is busy steamrolling New York into rubble, having first nuked the capitols of every member of the ...
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Single person coping with extended isolation [closed]

I have seen a related question, but the answers don't seem to provide solutions, just notes that it is indeed a problem. The Unfortunate Human Being (otherwise known as Main Character) must make a ...
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How to conceal my immortality without hiding for a hundred years?

In my story, I have this character that cannot die and cannot grow old. She got this from a curse. When ordinary people see her, she probably looks like 20 or so. How can I make it so that nobody ...
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How to find the man who isn't there?

"As I was going up the stair I met a man who wasn't there! He wasn't there again today, Oh how I wish he'd go away" Antigonish by William Hughes Meams Paul Billson makes his living in ...
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Psychological impact of being immortal

Imagine a meta-human, one engineered to be immortal. A combination of cybernetic enhancements, genetic engineering, and other scientific modifications have made it so this human will not die from ...
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How to explain no increase in suicides after proof of a happy afterlife?

A scientist creates device that allows some degree of communication with the afterlife. The communication is very difficult and the dead can only pass small bits of information on, so there is a lot ...
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Can a brainwashed American president end the human race?

Suppose a group of intelligent but insane people has developed mind control technology. They have managed to plant a chip inside the US president's head. They can wirelessly send signals to his mind ...
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The universe is erased, two humans wake up in a ship on its way to New Earth, their trip duration Is 100 years. How do they react and do they make it? [closed]

It is an ordinary day, people all over Earth are living their lives like it is any other. The hours and minutes go by, and then in a second everyone is gone. They are erased and it is like they never ...
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Male psychology in a matriarchy

I am developing a (magical) first-millenium CE alternate history based on an extension of historically matriarchal societies, and am trying to decide how this would affect the stereotypical male ...
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Alien message: arrows and sequence order

This is part of my Alien Message series: Recognizable natural numbers for alien message? Alien message: “Invitation” I recall a TV show featuring a discussion on the design of warning messages for ...
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Most effective method of creating fear? [closed]

Let's say a psychotic alien race come across the earth. They are technologically advanced, having near total control over matter at a molecular level, perfect understanding of biology in all its ...
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Generation ships: Over coming agoraphobia when you land

Setting So for generations a ship has been traveling through space. After reaching their desired destination you are left with a group of people who have been used to their largest spaces being no ...
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How long is the subjective experience of eternity? [closed]

I watched a movie that was inspired by the classic myth of Sisyphus. It’s a well-worn story element to have a character be cursed to repeat a task or relatively brief passage of events for eternity. ...
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Why does my species tock like it ticks?

Starting with a creature and its environment, how does one create its psychology? Evolutionary biology and evolutionary psychology attempt to explain attributes that we observe in our fellow humans ...
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Could aliens colonize Earth without realizing humans are people too?

So aliens find Earth to be suitable for colonization and disregard humanity's claim. Not because they are racist, but because they are so different biologically and psychologically that humans simply ...
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How can a human being morph into their id side of their psyche in an instant?

A man with a past traumatic experience developed dissociates amnesia. Every time he experiences something traumatic, his id persona hiding in his unconscious mind comes out taking over his body. This ...
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What would be the psychological consequences of clones being synchronized on a regular basis?

When confronted with cloning which leaves the original alive, there is the known issue that the clone could want to replace the original (e.g. as seen in The 6th day). A shared consciousness is very ...
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How would a group of survivors with a rebel criminal get along stranded on an alien planet? [closed]

The rebel criminal committed something terrible that gave them their fate to be stranded on the planet. The other survivors believe that he is the one to blame since he's the only person from an anti-...
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Psychological causes for insomnia

There is a multiverse with different settings in each of its universes - steampunk in universe A, fantasy in universe B, biopunk in universe C, etc. And in steampunk world there is a group of ...
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Why would a fire dragon still be afraid of torches?

I can understand that all animals would instinctively stay away from a fire, however for a fire breathing dragon to be warded off by torches seem puzzling to me. What could help explain such ironic ...
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How should schemers educate their children?

I'm trying to create a nation that is greedy, opportunistic & obsessed with profits and trade. They are cunning, treacherous schemers that will swindle you despite all the pleasantries and ...
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What would be the change if people had more empathy to each other? [closed]

The question is purely theoretical as I'm not aware of a solution to do this, but I have been thinking about what really need to be at a societal/cognitive level to tackle humanity issues such as ...
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Will majority of population dismiss a video of fight between two supernatural beings?

This question is inspired by discussion in the comments of the question What kind of supernatural powers don't break the masquerade? TL;DR Suppose you want to create a world where beings with ...
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A legal scientific/techno hobby constitution to a need in killing [closed]

The narrative is set in present or very near future. Jane's (the character's) past is an abysmal nightmare, a bottomless pit with no education, life experience — nothing but darkness. Despite being a ...
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How could names plausibly change over several generations of humans living in a space station on another planet?

I'm worldbuilding for a story in which a certain portion of the population relocates to a slightly habitable planet due to the complete inhabitability of Earth. It takes place several generations ...
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Psychological effects of teleportation and coping mechanisms

For the purposes of this question, "teleportation" refers to Star Trek style teleportation: a body is diassembled in one location, and reassembled with an exact (perfect) replica of the entire ...
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What would be the last magic to disappear from the world

This is slightly based on Babylonian/Summerian myths where gods gave man perfect knowledge of every art and craft at the beginning of time and since then the knowledge has slowly been lost, making ...
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How would a person function if they were in orgasm literally all the time, biologically speaking? [closed]

Say a new medical disorder cropped up where a person, after whatever guilty pleasure they had, found themselves trapped in orgasm. As in, the orgasm happens, the flood of euphoric dopamine rushes in, ...
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How would a realistic mind/Identity change be experienced over one week?

I'm currently working on a computer game where malicious magical users transform others as a primary way of removing them and passifying threats. I thought I'd ask this a little more scientifically. ...
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A creature afraid of the light

"The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown." — H.P. Lovecraft One example of this is the universal fear of the dark. We ...
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Harmony amongst Human Termites?

In a magical world there is a tribe of people divided into termite-like castes. They live in the wilderness, far from most regular humans. They are effectively human; fully conscious and ...
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Human crew reaction to alien fan [closed]

Imagine a human starship on a long way home sort of journey, like Voyager, (I'm resisting the temptation to link TV tropes here). The ship approached by a friendly rubber-head alien knows all about ...
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What effects would an Oracle have on society?

So assuming their existed an Oracle, what effects would it have on society. Assume that everyone has access to it similar to using a library where the books can't leave. Properties of the Oracle It ...
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Civilization of humans with monochromatic eyesight

I was wondering, how would a civilization of humans who can see only in grayscale live their life? There is none of them that can see color. Everyone sees every thing in gray. Yet, color actually do ...
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Building an Ethics Framework for use of Uploaded Personalities

Five years ago, our company reached the stage where we were able to create, maintain, and communicate with digitized brain transfer images. These trials were conducted on patients with life-limiting ...
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Utopia Slavery Qualifications

Let's start this whole question off by exorcising the negative connotations of the word from our minds. Out foul demons, OUT! Our fictional near-future world has no negative instances of slavery or ...
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Strongest negative emotions? [closed]

I want to write a book, and the main character will go through negative emotions mainly. My question is: what are the 3/4 or more strongest basic negative emotions (like anger for example) I could ...
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How to Kill the Thought-Crime Killer

Joe Schmoe was six years old when he killed his best friend; it wasn't his fault, it was just the way that he was made... Joe was born with an auto-telepathic telekinetic feedback ability - he has ...
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Can AI learn human emotion from scratch as they live work close to human being, providing it has state of the art technology?

The AI is working as same principle as we know today. It is rational AI, which goal is to get the job done at most optimal ways. Their roles have nothing to do with human psychology, so the ...
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Psychology problems from being motherless [closed]

In my world, a race of humans just recently became immortal. However, they face the dilemma that if they choose to have children the immortality will be passed to the unborn child and the mother will ...
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What psychological problems can result from experiencing death on several occasions?

I am a clockmaker: I work with time and can control it on a small scale. One of my powers allow me to return some minutes back in time after having experienced my death, but I remember everything ...
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Is religion stronger than immortality? [closed]

There are immortal beings, of roughly the same intelligence of humans,but being immortal allows them to have more time to learn than us. -biologically immortal which means not aging but still being ...
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Could an Emotional IPA be created?

So, I just had an idea inspired by This question here while simultaneously listening to a video about language... Could we make a sort of International Phonetic Alphabet for Emotions and States of ...
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Humanity without sexual dimorphism [closed]

Humans like many animals are extremely sexually dimorphic, well not really on the levels of Anglerfish but almost halfway there. I wonder how would humanity be without Sexual dimorphism. What if ...
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Is it possible to lie telepathically?

In a world where people can feel each other's thoughts and emotions, is it possible to lie? Is it possible to think something different from what you really think? It doesn't make sense... When you ...
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How likely would kids survive on a hostile land? [closed]

I'm writing an adventure, adult novel where a group of children under the age of eleven have been left to camp on a dangerous grotesque island. My main character named Martin is afraid of everything ...
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Psychological effects of a deep blue sky? [closed]

Would a deeper shade of blue affect our mood at all?
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“Memetic” camouflage

This question led me to a very interesting idea. Is it possible to create a camouflage or pattern that when applied to military uniforms would distract the viewer, make him feel uncomfortable or ...
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Can a split personality itself have split personalities?

Let's say a person has/suffering from a split personality. And let's call this personality as A. My question is, Is it possible for this personality ...
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How to make GM/GMO children exceptionally loyal to one another?

In the not so distant future a man builds a remote doom fortress to design, create, and raise GM/GMO children. His plan is to nurture geniuses who can enact his dastardly plan to wipe out humanity, ...