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21st Aug '16 8:20:50 PM treehugger0369
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' episode "The Box", Miss Finster puts TJ in the eponymous box, which is just a chalk square drawn on the playground. The isolation (no-one is allowed to talk to him when he's in the box) leaves him singing "How Much is That Doggie in The Window" as a MadnessMantra, and when he comes out he's not only [[ScareEmStraight scared straight]], but has a profound phobia of squares. His friends arrange for him to go back into the box as aversion therapy, and this time a kickball bounces over the lines, at which point he realises he's not really trapped at all, and [[StatusQuoIsGod everything goes back to normal]].

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' episode "The Box", Miss Finster puts TJ in the eponymous box, which is just a chalk square drawn on the playground. The isolation (no-one is allowed to talk to him when he's in the box) leaves him singing "How Much is That Doggie in The Window" as a MadnessMantra, and when he comes out he's not only [[ScareEmStraight scared straight]], but has a profound phobia of squares. His friends arrange for him to go back into the box as aversion exposure therapy, and this time a kickball bounces over the lines, at which point he realises he's not really trapped at all, and [[StatusQuoIsGod everything goes back to normal]].
21st Aug '16 4:35:20 AM Morgenthaler
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* This [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ibAWqDfClVE Grickle short]] had ''SantaClaus'' have this happen to him, leading to a little bit of FridgeHorror that he lives on what amounts to a desolate ice cap. He begins growling like a lion to an audience of elves, and his elves start squealing like monkeys in something that evokes ''TwoThousandOne'', all while rather creepy music is playing. It's terrifying.

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* This [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ibAWqDfClVE Grickle short]] had ''SantaClaus'' have this happen to him, leading to a little bit of FridgeHorror that he lives on what amounts to a desolate ice cap. He begins growling like a lion to an audience of elves, and his elves start squealing like monkeys in something that evokes ''TwoThousandOne'', ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'', all while rather creepy music is playing. It's terrifying.
6th Aug '16 1:54:36 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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** [[{{Precursors}} Forerunner]] AI 343 Guilty Spark fell victim to this after 100,000 years of isolation, explaining his eccentricity and occasional {{AxCrazy}} moments. In fact, most surviving Forerunner [=AIs=] seem to have gone at least a bit mad from loneliness, since quarantine protocols have prevented them from communicating with each other ever since the Forerunners disappeared 100,000 years ago; Guilty Spark himself lampshades this by noting that his creators had each post be manned by at least two [=AIs=] instead of just one.

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** [[{{Precursors}} Forerunner]] AI 343 Guilty Spark fell victim to this after 100,000 years of isolation, explaining his eccentricity and occasional {{AxCrazy}} moments. In fact, most surviving Forerunner [=AIs=] seem to have gone at least a bit mad from loneliness, since due to quarantine protocols have having prevented them from communicating with each other ever since the Forerunners disappeared 100,000 years ago; Guilty Spark himself lampshades this by noting that his creators should have had each post be manned by at least two [=AIs=] instead of just one.
6th Aug '16 1:51:23 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* In ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'', [[{{Precursors}} Forerunner]] AI 343 Guilty Spark fell victim to this after 100,000 years of isolation, explaining his eccentricity and occasional {{AxCrazy}} moments.

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[[{{Precursors}} Forerunner]] AI 343 Guilty Spark fell victim to this after 100,000 years of isolation, explaining his eccentricity and occasional {{AxCrazy}} moments.moments. In fact, most surviving Forerunner [=AIs=] seem to have gone at least a bit mad from loneliness, since quarantine protocols have prevented them from communicating with each other ever since the Forerunners disappeared 100,000 years ago; Guilty Spark himself lampshades this by noting that his creators had each post be manned by at least two [=AIs=] instead of just one.



** In a non-AI example, ''Literature/HaloSilentium'' reveals that this is largely why [[spoiler:the Ur-Didact has been unable to let go of his genocidal hate for humanity.]]

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** In a non-AI example, ''Literature/HaloSilentium'' reveals that this is largely why [[spoiler:the Ur-Didact has been unable to let go of his genocidal hate for humanity.]]humanity]].
1st Aug '16 12:51:02 PM WriterGirl2015
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* ''Series/OrangeIsTheNewBlack'': This seems to happen to numerous characters who get sent to SHU (solitary confinement) for things that sometimes aren't even their fault. Characters this has happened to include Sophia, Piper, and Pennsatucky.
31st Jul '16 2:03:22 PM Wymar
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* ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIVApocalypse'' reveals that this is the reason for [[spoiler:YHVH]]'s behaviour. [[spoiler:LonelyAtTheTop indeed]].
30th Jul '16 10:35:35 AM nombretomado
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* ''WebOriginal/BoardJames'' certainly shows signs of this since [[DarkerAndEdgier the "Dream Phone" episode]]. [[spoiler:And given the apparent nature of his [[ImaginaryFriend "friends"]], he might have already been here long before the series started.]]

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* ''WebOriginal/BoardJames'' ''WebVideo/BoardJames'' certainly shows signs of this since [[DarkerAndEdgier the "Dream Phone" episode]]. [[spoiler:And given the apparent nature of his [[ImaginaryFriend "friends"]], he might have already been here long before the series started.]]
9th Jul '16 3:17:09 PM Divra
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** In the book that can be argued to be the sequel to ''Literature/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea'', The Mysterious Island, the group encounters a man abandoned on a nearby island, who has been driven entirely mad. After spending time with the group he recovers.

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** * In the book that can be argued to be the sequel to ''Literature/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea'', The Mysterious Island, ''Literature/TheMysteriousIsland'', the group encounters a man abandoned on a nearby island, who has been driven entirely mad. After He recovers some after spending time with the group group, though it takes months before he recovers.speaks and even then he is never quite comfortable around the others.
1st Jul '16 8:19:42 PM nombretomado
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* MarionZimmerBradley's story ''Elbow Room'' is something of a twist: [[spoiler: the woman chosen for duty on an isolated station is actually all alone; the other people she thinks are there are her other personalities. She briefly flips out when she realizes this, but then goes back to the way things were.]] (Someone else who's read this story could probably describe it better.) There's a brief mention of how they tried sending groups of extroverts to man the station together, but they couldn't stand being cooped up together.

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* MarionZimmerBradley's Creator/MarionZimmerBradley's story ''Elbow Room'' is something of a twist: [[spoiler: the woman chosen for duty on an isolated station is actually all alone; the other people she thinks are there are her other personalities. She briefly flips out when she realizes this, but then goes back to the way things were.]] (Someone else who's read this story could probably describe it better.) There's a brief mention of how they tried sending groups of extroverts to man the station together, but they couldn't stand being cooped up together.



* In the second book in ''TheBartimaeusTrilogy'' (The Golem's Eye), Honorius is an example of this after [[spoiler: being cooped up in Gladstone's tomb for over a century.]]

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* In the second book in ''TheBartimaeusTrilogy'' ''Literature/TheBartimaeusTrilogy'' (The Golem's Eye), Honorius is an example of this after [[spoiler: being cooped up in Gladstone's tomb for over a century.]]
29th Jun '16 5:23:18 AM darkknight109
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** Most famously (and rather disturbingly) demonstrated by Harry Harlow's experiments on rhesus monkeys. Harlow experimented with isolating monkeys from their mothers and peers - sometimes leaving them able to observe from afar, other times leaving them inside a completely dark, featureless metal container he dubbed "The Pit of Despair." The experiments showed that after a few months of isolation, the monkeys were socially stunted and unable to properly function, even going so far as to harm themselves or refuse to eat to the point of fatal malnutrition. Worth noting that Harlow's experiments (and his "colourful" depictions of them - the Pit of Despair was par for the course in terms of his naming conventions) were considered so disturbing, they helped kick-start the animal liberation movement and resulted in many new ethical regulations for the treatment of lab animals.
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