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9th Oct '17 12:00:48 AM PaulA
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* Weirdly averted in most of the stories written by Creator/LarryNiven. He seems to assume that humans are able to survive extremely long periods of isolation without going nuts, as seen in situations such as people traveling through deep space for years, or a man with a time-accelerating device camping out inside it for six or more months so his arm transplant will heal and throw off the forensic investigators looking for someone who just got a new arm transplant. Played straight, however, in "The Ethics of Madness" where a man spends ''[[TimeAbyss millions of years]]'' [[SternChase fleeing from another vessel]]. Towards the end, he is essentially an automaton who moves automatically between the various stations that keep the ship running and him alive; it's explicitly stated that every single bit of memory in his brain has been filled.
29th Sep '17 10:04:48 PM RaygunJustice
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* After an untold amount of time floating alone in space, a villain [[spoiler: Cars, BigBad of the second arc]] of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'', is said to go so mad that his mind just ''shuts off''.

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* After an untold amount of time floating alone in space, a villain [[spoiler: Cars, BigBad of the second arc]] of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'', is said to go so mad that his mind just ''shuts off''.
28th Sep '17 6:09:32 PM PaulA
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* In Creator/DevonMonk's Literature/AllieBeckstrom book ''Magic to the Bone'', used on Cody. They can even get him to do thing he knows are bad by giving him a kitten and threatening to take it away.

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* In Creator/DevonMonk's Literature/AllieBeckstrom book ''Magic to the Bone'', ''Literature/MagicToTheBone'', used on Cody. They can even get him to do thing he knows are bad by giving him a kitten and threatening to take it away.
26th Sep '17 2:05:18 PM intastiel
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* ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness'' has characters who spend incredibly long periods of time alone (say, years) make rolls to avoid [[KarmaMeter degeneration]]. Failing a degeneration check requires rolling to avoid getting derangements.
** While player characters usually needn't worry, the books specify that this is a way to justify insane Storyteller characters (such as, say, a [[TabletopGame/PrometheanTheCreated Promethean]] who's spent so long "going to the wastes" he can't even remember how to talk).
** ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost'': It threatens a changeling's [[SanityMeter Clarity]] to go even a week without human contact. Being already traumatized, abused, and delusional, not having others around to reassure one's normalcy and safety is a great way to sink further and further into madness... One character is a CrazySurvivalist who lives in the Hedge beyond the mundane world and has gone so batty that she hallucinates half of her surroundings.

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* ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness'' has In the ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness'':
** The default {{Sanity|Meter}}/KarmaMeter requires that
characters who spend incredibly long periods of time alone (say, years) make rolls to avoid [[KarmaMeter degeneration]]. Failing a roll for degeneration check requires rolling to avoid getting derangements.
** While player characters usually needn't worry,
after spending years without meaningful human contact, which can result in the books specify that this is a way character gaining Derangements due to justify insane Storyteller characters (such as, say, a [[TabletopGame/PrometheanTheCreated Promethean]] who's spent so long SanitySlippage.
** In ''TabletopGame/PrometheanTheCreated'',
"going to the wastes" he can't even remember is a good way for a Promethean to rein in their powers (and the WalkingWasteland and HatePlague side effects of those powers), with the caveat that a [[TheSoulless soulless]] ArtificialHuman lacking human contact might, say, forget how to talk).
talk.
** ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost'': It In ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost'', it threatens a changeling's [[SanityMeter Clarity]] to go even a week without human contact. Being already traumatized, abused, and delusional, not having others around to reassure one's normalcy and safety is a great way to sink further and further into madness... One character NPC is a CrazySurvivalist who lives in the Hedge beyond the mundane world and has gone so batty that she hallucinates half of her surroundings.
18th Sep '17 1:18:02 AM Doug86
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* In Creator/RobertEHoward's ''Literature/ConanTheBarbarian'' story ''Literature/AWitchShallBeBorn'', Tamaris at first does not recognize her rescuers.

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* In Creator/RobertEHoward's ''Literature/ConanTheBarbarian'' ''Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian'' story ''Literature/AWitchShallBeBorn'', Tamaris at first does not recognize her rescuers.
30th Aug '17 10:11:49 PM KingLyger
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**[[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-3001 SCP-3001 ("Red Reality")]]. A professor of RealityWarper technology is accidentally sent to a black void dimension with nothing in it except him and the machine that's recording him. As time goes on, he slowly starts [[CompanionCube believing the red light on the machine to be sentient]], and even claims that it's his best friend.
21st Aug '17 5:15:06 PM WillBGood
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* ''Series/{{Angel}}'' overlaps this with WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: The third season episode "Birthday" depicts an AlternateReality in which Cordelia never reconnected with Angel in Los Angeles and formed Angel Investigations with him, instead becoming a famous actress. Doyle passed his visions on to Angel himself before his HeroicSacrifice, and Angel retreated into himself in his grief, with the power of the visions not helping matters. Eventually, Angel slipped up to the point where he would have visions of his victims as Angelus, with his only contact with Gunn and Wesley being to inform them of his latest vision and send them out to fix it, with the visions also causing violent episodes that prompted Gunn and Wesley to install chains in his room. When Cordelia comes to see him, Angel is babbling and barely coherent and beats his head off the wall of his room. The worst part of it all is that, according to Wesley, that example of madness is "him on a ''good'' day."

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* ''Series/{{Angel}}'' overlaps this with WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: The third season episode "Birthday" depicts an AlternateReality in which Cordelia never reconnected with Angel in Los Angeles and formed Angel Investigations with him, instead becoming a famous actress. Doyle passed his visions on to Angel himself before his HeroicSacrifice, and Angel retreated into himself in his grief, with the power of the visions not helping matters. Eventually, Angel slipped up to the point where he would have visions of his victims as Angelus, with his only contact with Gunn and Wesley being to inform them of his latest vision and send them out to fix it, with the visions also causing violent episodes that prompted Gunn and Wesley to install chains in his room. When Cordelia comes to see him, Angel is babbling and barely coherent and beats his head off on the wall of his room. The worst part of it all is that, according to Wesley, that example of madness is "him on a ''good'' day."
6th Jul '17 5:41:14 PM angie710
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* On ''Series/AdamRuinsEverything'', Emily gets thrown into solitary confinement while [[MistakenForJunkie in prison for drug charges]]. She hallucinates Adam and Kendra discussing why solitary confinement is a cruel and inhumane punishment.
9th Jun '17 11:20:35 PM rwe1138
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* The origin of the ''ComicBook/DoomPatrol'' villain Mister Nobody, originally a criminal and former member of the Brotherhood of Evil named Mr Neumann, is that he was injected with a powerful anaesthetic and left in a WhiteVoidRoom for three days, as part of an experiment by an ex-nazi scientist hiding in Argentina. The room was spherical, resulting in the illusion that Neumann was suspended in an endless white void, and with absolutely no external stimuli other than sight, Neumann went insane in less than a day. Three days passed, which seemed like eternities to him, until finally he saw a dot appear in the whiteness, causing him to latch onto the dot as his only anchor to reality. Finally, the existential fear caused by the dot erased Neumann from existance, and he was reborn as Mr Nobody, complete with EnlightenmentSuperpowers.

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* The origin of the ''ComicBook/DoomPatrol'' villain Mister Nobody, originally a criminal and former member of the Brotherhood of Evil named Mr Neumann, Mr. Morden, is that he was injected with a powerful anaesthetic and left in a WhiteVoidRoom for three days, as part of an experiment by an ex-nazi scientist hiding in Argentina. The room was spherical, resulting in the illusion that Neumann was suspended in an endless white void, and with absolutely no external stimuli other than sight, Neumann Morden went insane in less than a day. Three days passed, which seemed like eternities to him, until finally he saw a dot appear in the whiteness, causing him to latch onto the dot as his only anchor to reality. Finally, the existential fear caused by the dot erased Neumann Morden from existance, and he was reborn as Mr Mr. Nobody, complete with EnlightenmentSuperpowers.
22nd May '17 12:51:13 AM BattleMaster
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* A frequently discussed trope on ''Series/{{Survivorman}}''. Les always brought his harmonica with him when he was going to film an episode because being able to play music gave him something to concentrate on, especially whenever conditions forced him to hole up somewhere and prevented him from being able to look for food or head to the extraction area, which he stated was an important thing in a real survival situation.
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