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Questions tagged [psychology]

Psychology is the science that deals with mental processes and behavior. It can also refer to a character's personality and motives.

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Sci-fi short story about compensation for stress

People have monitors that measure stress levels. If they interact with someone who causes them stress, money is transferred to compensate. Visual indicators allow others to know if they are causing ...
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Seeking a short story about psychologically curing a human serviceman of his obsession with an alien female's affection

This was a short story, written in English. I read it in a hardback anthology I checked out from a library in Indiana no later than 1986 (and I suspect it was a couple of years earlier). I think the ...
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I'm trying to identify a short story I read in the early 1980s about an escape artist and his nemesis prison designer

The protagonist is a famous escape artist who enters voluntarily in a prison-escape challenge with the designer of an 'escape-proof' prison. The prison is just a machine hooked up to the mind of the ...
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Looking for short story/novella I read in the early 1980s about people hibernating in winter

A man finds himself in a farming society. The people run out of food every winter and hibernate. The man has a hard time the first couple of years and wakes starving in the middle of winter. ...
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A story about suppression of the ultimate secret to resolving all human disagreements

This is a short story that I read in the 1990s in a hardback anthology I checked out from a public library. I think that it was one of those volumes that collected the highlights from one year's worth ...
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ADHD in the Percy Jackson universe

I've seen the films but haven't read any of the books. Did Percy Jackson get treated for ADHD prior to his finding out about himself being a demigod? If so how? If not why? How do Percy Jackson and ...
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Help i.d.'ing a sci-fi read ca. 1966, re- a pink “thing” that entered a psych-astronaut's mind?

The plot had to do with "astronauts" who travelled to other worlds telepathically rather than physically. On one such exploration, the protagonist encountered a big pink "thing," which somehow sort ...
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Short story about an astronaut that has to harvest/collect the body fluids of an alien for a panacea

Short story read in the 60's or 70's, an astronaut has to enter an alien ship and collect the tears/sweat? of an alien to use as a wonder drug for humans. The alien has some sort of presence which ...
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Book with a self-improving neuronal computer [duplicate]

In my youth (I'd guess about early 90's) I read a book written from the point of view of a young female psychologist who gets an employment offer from an ultra-rich wunderkind. When she arrives at her ...
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Gorn psychology and physiology

I caught an old episode of the original Star Trek, "Arena," in which Captain Kirk comes extremely close to the Gorn he is fighting: My question is, what prevented ...
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Do we have enough information to determine Severus Snape's Meyers-Briggs type?

One of recent SFF.SE answers alleged that Snape is an INTJ, and there was a disagreement of whether we can really know that. Do we have enough information to determine Severus Snape's Meyers-Briggs ...
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Short story about a psychologist with a punishment/reward machine learning you need punishment to reform malcontents

I'm pretty sure that this is an older story, but parts of it have really stuck with me. I read it somewhere in the 1990s, but I think it came from a collection that my parents owned, so it might be ...
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Trying to identify a short story about a psychologist

I cannot remember title nor author, but a plot summary is: A man wakes up in a strange room, goes to the door and find it locked. There is a computer terminal in the room. He sits at the terminal ...
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What is wrong with Lizzie (the young blonde girl)?

Spoilers: So what was wrong with her? Did she develop some kind of "zombiphilia"? Is it also related with Carol's training in the past? Related question: She was also shooting zombies sometimes, ...
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Was Voldemort a Sociopath?

We know that Voldemort was evil, and we know that he 'knew not' the Power of Love (TVTropes link, standard warning applies). We know that he was cruel. We know he killed and tortured but does he ...
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Sci-fi novel that contains a drug that allow to re-live past episodes of your life

I am looking for the title of a SF novel (I think from the 70's or 80's) that includes a drug allowing its users to relive past events of their own lives. At some point there is a cult using this drug ...
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Want to identify a short story about a fake spaceship/station

In this story an astronaut is questioned regularly by a psychiatrist. He thinks he's on a spaceship, but he's actually in an experiment. The astronaut also thinks the psychiatrist is part of the crew, ...
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Have there been any canonical references to the holodeck/holosuites being used for virtual physical 'partnerings' with holodeck-produced constructs?

Carnal release is a valid stress relief; and unless the Federation uses hormonal suppressants, it doesn't take a 'perv angle' to realize that the holodecks may be considered for this. I can also see ...
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Was Meister Eder insane?

In the long running Pumuckl franchise (which has close resemblances of the story of Pinocchio), Meister Eder is the only person who can see, talk to and generally interact with Pumuckl: The chaotic ...
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Which Myers-Briggs personality is Hermione? [closed]

In one of my answers ( Why is Hermione's Patronus not as powerful as her other magic spells? ) I stated that Hermione is INTJ (Introverted iNtuitive Thinking Judging) on a Myers-Briggs Type ...