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20th Jul '17 7:54:58 AM rdococ
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* If you tell someone to forget about something, or to not think about it, the exact opposite will happen.

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* [[ThoughtAversionFailure If you tell someone to forget about something, or to not think about it, the exact opposite will happen.]]



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15th Jul '17 2:38:20 PM Yuihime
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* In ''Webcomic/ManlyGuysDoingManlyThings'', the more you think about the logistics of time travel while traveling through time, the more likely you are to [[ButterflyOfDoom retroactively cause a disaster]]. Commander Badass has found that using an IceCreamKoan to distract people works well.
7th Jul '17 7:49:00 AM jccw227
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* In ''WestermAnimation/{{Doug}}'', Doug needs to talk to Chalky after being accused of cheating off him on a test, but Chalky is on the track team, and Doug is desperately trying to keep up with him, jumping over every hurdle along side him. After the second hurdle, Chalky comments, "Hey, you're pretty good!" That's when Doug realize what he's doing and trips over the next hurdle.
5th Jun '17 6:42:26 PM Antronach
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** A similar issue arises for those who are sleepy at work. It's all too easy to fall asleep on the job after trying to fight it, risking a literal rude awakening by a supervisor at best and causing a major workplace accident at worst. But trying to take a deliberate nap during an hour-long lunch break precisely so that the former scenario doesn't happen? It's easier to beat ''VideoGame/IWannaBeTheGuy'' on Impossible difficulty while blindfolded.

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** A similar issue arises for those who are sleepy at work. It's all too easy to fall asleep on the job after trying to fight it, risking a literal rude awakening by a supervisor at best and causing a major workplace accident at worst. But trying to take a deliberate nap during an hour-long lunch break precisely so that the former scenario doesn't happen? It's easier to beat ''VideoGame/IWannaBeTheGuy'' on Impossible difficulty while blindfolded.climb Mt. Everest.
3rd May '17 10:32:28 AM Madrugada
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* In ''Literature/TheMallorean'', by Creator.DavidEddings, Sephrenia, a Styric, steadfastly refuses to learn to read the Ehlene language at all. When one of the Ehlenes asks her why, since being able to read the language would make some things much easier for her, she replies that to learn to read Ehlene, she would need to learn to ''think in it'' as well, and she doesn't want to risk that she would then at some point have to stop and remember how to think in Styric when she needs to.

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* In ''Literature/TheMallorean'', ''Literature/TheElenium'', by Creator.DavidEddings, Creator/DavidEddings, Sephrenia, a Styric, steadfastly refuses to learn to read the Ehlene language at all. When one of the Ehlenes asks her why, since being able to read the language would make some things much easier for her, she replies that to learn to read Ehlene, she would need to learn to ''think in it'' as well, and she doesn't want to risk that she would then at some point have to stop and remember how to think in Styric when she needs to.
3rd May '17 10:31:29 AM Madrugada
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* In ''Literature/TheMallorean'', by Creator.DavidEddings, Sephrenia, a Styric, steadfastly refuses to learn to read the Ehlene language at all. When one of the Ehlenes asks her why, since being able to read the language would make some things much easier for her, she replies that to learn to read Ehlene, she would need to learn to ''think in it'' as well, and she doesn't want to risk that she would then at some point have to stop and remember how to think in Styric when she needs to.
3rd Apr '17 11:29:20 AM TheCuza
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* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'': SCP #1475 is a person who can use [[NinetyPercentOfYourBrain 100% of his brain]] at a time... because he has to ''consciously manage'' otherwise involuntary vital functions like pulse, digestion, and breathing.

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* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'': SCP #1475 is a person who can created and took a drug that allows him to use [[NinetyPercentOfYourBrain 100% of his brain]] at a time... because brain]], giving him complete control over his body to the point where he made his brain rewire itself to [[TheSleepless remove the need for sleep]]. The downside? Everything his body ''used'' to do automatically, he now has to ''consciously manage'' otherwise involuntary vital functions like pulse, digestion, do manually, such has pumping blood through his veins or digesting food. [[BlessedWithSuck This takes so much of his concentration that he's left bedridden and breathing.unable to move]].
20th Jan '17 2:33:39 AM Baconator96
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** Players of HackAndSlash games such as ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'' or ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'' can often find themselves succumbing to this, realizing very quickly that oftentimes concentrating on the exact timing of dodges, attacks and blocks is much easier to stumble over than when they fall into a more [[DontThinkFeel intuitive groove of things.]]
13th Nov '16 4:12:02 PM TheAmazingBlachman
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A trope named for the folk tale of a centipede who had no trouble walking until asked how he managed all those legs. He started thinking about the process and immediately became unable to do it anymore.

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A trope named for the folk tale of poem about a centipede who had no trouble walking until asked how he managed all those legs. He started thinking about the process and immediately became unable to do it anymore.
anymore. In psychology the effect is known as as "hyper-reflection" or "Humphrey's law" after psychologist George Humphrey who wrote about the poem's profoundness in 1923.
2nd Nov '16 4:42:53 AM LucaEarlgrey
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* If you tell someone to forget about something, or to not think about it, the exact opposite will happen.
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