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Ask A Psychologist About EvE

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Gahagan
White Moon Aeronautics
#1 - 2012-05-13 01:23:39 UTC
Hi EvE. I'm a recent recipient of a B.S. in Psychology, with continuing studies in the design and implementation of educational videogames. I greatly enjoy the social aspects and dynamics of EvE Online - it's very interesting to watch the way people behave in a sandbox environment.

There's a lot of posts on the forums that theorize why people act they way they do, but that information is seldom accurate and usually speculative. If anyone has any questions on why people behave the way they do, feel free to ask.
Kriegman
Deep Core Mining Inc.
Caldari State
#2 - 2012-05-13 01:35:04 UTC
Dear Shrink,

Would you please kindly tell me as to why do I enjoy murdering other capsuleers? Clearly there is something wrong with me. Is there any way I can overcome my addiction to locking up and shooting people in my overview just to see what their ship had inside?
Ilnaurk Sithdogron
Blackwater International
#3 - 2012-05-13 01:44:51 UTC
Hello there.

Why are some people so unwilling to accept their losses and move on? I'm a relatively "young" character, and I've lost a few destroyers and cruisers to mission NPC's. I've never had a problem realizing that I messed up and trying to learn from my mistakes, toning down my initial feelings of aggressiveness and invulnerability. Yet so many miners that I have seen lost their ships and were unwilling to accept their problems.

http://eve-sojourn.blogspot.com/

Jacob Stiller
The Scope
Gallente Federation
#4 - 2012-05-13 01:45:40 UTC
Look at me! I recently received an undergraduate degree so everyone should take me seriously as an expert in voodoology.
Katrina Oniseki
Oniseki-Raata Internal Watch
Ishuk-Raata Enforcement Directive
#5 - 2012-05-13 01:50:02 UTC  |  Edited by: Katrina Oniseki
Gahagan wrote:
Hi EvE. I'm a recent recipient of a B.S. in Psychology, with continuing studies in the design and implementation of educational videogames. I greatly enjoy the social aspects and dynamics of EvE Online - it's very interesting to watch the way people behave in a sandbox environment.

There's a lot of posts on the forums that theorize why people act they way they do, but that information is seldom accurate and usually speculative. If anyone has any questions on why people behave the way they do, feel free to ask.


Let me guess, you're also studying the concept of trust and money in a sandbox environment. You're offering to triple any ISK sent to you, and want to see how many people take the offer.

I'VE HEARD THIS ONE BEFORE.

Katrina Oniseki

Gahagan
White Moon Aeronautics
#6 - 2012-05-13 01:53:04 UTC  |  Edited by: Gahagan
Kriegman wrote:
Dear Shrink,

Would you please kindly tell me as to why do I enjoy murdering other capsuleers? Clearly there is something wrong with me. Is there any way I can overcome my addiction to locking up and shooting people in my overview just to see what their ship had inside?


You could use a cargo scanner.

In reality, though, people are naturally aggressive, some to greater degrees than others. Engaging in PvP, or just ganking, is likely a cathartic release of that aggression, like sports or exercise might be to other people.

Ilnaurk Sithdogron wrote:
Hello there.

Why are some people so unwilling to accept their losses and move on? I'm a relatively "young" character, and I've lost a few destroyers and cruisers to mission NPC's. I've never had a problem realizing that I messed up and trying to learn from my mistakes, toning down my initial feelings of aggressiveness and invulnerability. Yet so many miners that I have seen lost their ships and were unwilling to accept their problems.


Everyone is, to some degree, risk-averse. The inability that some people have to accept losses probably stems from a greater predisposition to notice instances of failure in a situation. Different people perceive situations differently, and it may be that players who take ship and asset losses especially hard are more perceptive of negative situational cues, and then really dwell on them.

There may also be a correlation between feelings of disappointment regarding a loss and the seriousness with which one plays the game, as well as amount of in-game income. It would be interesting to look at in an actual study.

Edit - changed some wording.
MeestaPenni
Mercantile and Stuff
#7 - 2012-05-13 01:53:21 UTC
Gahagan wrote:
If anyone has any questions on why people behave the way they do, feel free to ask.


Why can't my wife get it through her thick skull that the jelly goes on the peanut butter; not the other piece of bread?

I am not Prencleeve Grothsmore.

Gahagan
White Moon Aeronautics
#8 - 2012-05-13 01:55:33 UTC
MeestaPenni wrote:
Gahagan wrote:
If anyone has any questions on why people behave the way they do, feel free to ask.


Why can't my wife get it through her thick skull that the jelly goes on the peanut butter; not the other piece of bread?


Because it's been demonstrated scientifically that the female gender has large deficiencies in kinesthetic sense perceptions.

tl;dr - because bitches be trippin'
NickyYo
StarHug
#9 - 2012-05-13 01:56:50 UTC  |  Edited by: NickyYo
Gahagan wrote:
Hi EvE. I'm a recent recipient of a B.S. in Psychology, with continuing studies in the design and implementation of educational videogames. I greatly enjoy the social aspects and dynamics of EvE Online - it's very interesting to watch the way people behave in a sandbox environment.

There's a lot of posts on the forums that theorize why people act they way they do, but that information is seldom accurate and usually speculative. If anyone has any questions on why people behave the way they do, feel free to ask.


Please tell me why certain players always respond negatively always to peoples suggestions & ideas.
Thank you good sir,
NickyYo

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stoicfaux
#10 - 2012-05-13 02:01:57 UTC
Professionally, what can you do with a BS in Psychology?

Pon Farr Memorial: once every 7 years, all the carebears in high-sec must PvP or they will be temp-banned.

Gahagan
White Moon Aeronautics
#11 - 2012-05-13 02:08:39 UTC  |  Edited by: Gahagan
NickyYo wrote:

Please tell me why certain players always respond negatively always to peoples suggestions & ideas.
Thank you good sir,
NickyYo


There's really no penalty for saying something wrong when you're posting or speaking with relative anonymity, such as when you're online, but there's a lot of personal feelings of superiority when you're right, regardless of context. Some people are predisposed to arguing on the internet to get those feelings of superiority.

It can also have to do with first impressions - if someone's asking a question, or making a statement, and you don't appear to be intelligent, it's more likely that you will appear to be wrong. Therefore, others would perceive that they have a good chance of being right by telling you that you're wrong. You can also see this effect when someone appears TOO intelligent: there would be a lot to gain by demonstrating that person isn't as smart as they think they are.

stoicfaux wrote:

Professionally, what can you do with a BS in Psychology?


A BS in Psych is roughly the same as an undergraduate degree in business, halved. It's really a terrible degree if it's your only degree. It's nice when you pair it with something else, like an MBA, or a law degree, though.

I'm going to grad school for pharmacy, with the idea of working in R&D and clinical drug tests for pharmaceutical companies. I don't think that'll work out half-bad.
Ludi Burek
The Player Haters Corp
#12 - 2012-05-13 02:26:42 UTC
Gahagan wrote:


It's really a terrible degree if it's your only degree. It's nice when you pair it with something else, like an MBA, or a law degree, though.




Sir, I'm starting to believe that you may actually have this degree, since you're aware of this fact. Big smile
Jacob Stiller
The Scope
Gallente Federation
#13 - 2012-05-13 02:29:24 UTC
Gahagan wrote:


stoicfaux wrote:

Professionally, what can you do with a BS in Psychology?


A BS in Psych is roughly the same as an undergraduate degree in business, halved. It's really a terrible degree if it's your only degree. It's nice when you pair it with something else, like an MBA, or a law degree, though.

I'm going to grad school for pharmacy, with the idea of working in R&D and clinical drug tests for pharmaceutical companies. I don't think that'll work out half-bad.


Bah, I would've guessed mental hospital orderly.
Morganta
The Greater Goon
Clockwork Pineapple
#14 - 2012-05-13 02:33:35 UTC  |  Edited by: Morganta
simple answer is

"the greater internet ****wad theory"

Normal person + anonymity + audience = Total ****wad
Mathias Hex
#15 - 2012-05-13 02:50:36 UTC
Gahagan wrote:
Hi EvE. I'm a recent recipient of a B.S. in Psychology, with continuing studies in the design and implementation of educational videogames. I greatly enjoy the social aspects and dynamics of EvE Online - it's very interesting to watch the way people behave in a sandbox environment.

There's a lot of posts on the forums that theorize why people act they way they do, but that information is seldom accurate and usually speculative. If anyone has any questions on why people behave the way they do, feel free to ask.


BS still stands for bullshit right?

Ok ok lets give this a try, how come I am always a smart ass?

I recall one night in a nightclub called the matrix, there I was... Mother of god there I am! Holy f**k.

Mars Theran
Foreign Interloper
#16 - 2012-05-13 02:56:00 UTC
Why did the Mittani organize Burn Jita and-more importantly-back Hulkageddon?

Who is James315 and why is he pushing to remove Human miners from Highsec?
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Xai Li Shun
Doomheim
#17 - 2012-05-13 03:19:10 UTC
Protip: Your bachelors does not make you a psychologist. It barely makes you a fry cook.
Gahagan
White Moon Aeronautics
#18 - 2012-05-13 03:33:59 UTC  |  Edited by: Gahagan
Mathias Hex wrote:


BS still stands for bullshit right?

Ok ok lets give this a try, how come I am always a smart ass?


More or less. The B.A. is more of a bullshit degree though.

You're probably always a smartass because you can be anonymous. There's less inhibition for saying or doing certain things when there's a diminished fear of repercussion.

Mars Theran wrote:
Why did the Mittani organize Burn Jita and-more importantly-back Hulkageddon?

Who is James315 and why is he pushing to remove Human miners from Highsec?


1.) Most likely because he could. Mittani recognizes that EvE is a sandbox game, and he and the rest of Goons, Helicity, etc. seem to enjoy pushing the boundaries of how much they can affect the events that take place in EvE. That feeling's only enhanced because he's in a position to actually do it - I'm sure most of us dream of being significant figures in EvE, and being able to influence the course of the game.

2.) No idea who he is - but I'd guess it's for the same reasons as above.
Vulix
Doomheim
#19 - 2012-05-13 03:58:30 UTC
Gahagan wrote:
Hi EvE. I'm a recent recipient of a B.S. in Psychology, with continuing studies in the design and implementation of educational videogames. I greatly enjoy the social aspects and dynamics of EvE Online - it's very interesting to watch the way people behave in a sandbox environment.

There's a lot of posts on the forums that theorize why people act they way they do, but that information is seldom accurate and usually speculative. If anyone has any questions on why people behave the way they do, feel free to ask.


Only a bachelors? Lol.

-A PhD Candidate
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Sniggerdly
Pandemic Legion
#20 - 2012-05-13 04:08:34 UTC
Confirming a BS is the requirement for expert in any field.
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