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* The subject of Music/PeterGabriel's "Here Comes The Flood". The inspiration was from a dream Gabriel had where "the psychic barriers which normally prevent us from seeing into each othersí thoughts had been completely eroded producing a mental flood. Those that had been used to having their innermost thoughts exposed would handle this torrent and those inclined to concealment would drown in it.Ē

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* ''Series/TheFortyFourHundred'': In "Voices Carry", Gary Navarro, a baseball player who disappeared in 1973, is unable to cope with his telepathic powers. He hears every thought of every person around him and can't filter any of them out. As such, he becomes increasingly unstable. NTAC gives Gary an anti-psychotic drug called haloperidol which quietens the thoughts in his mind. However, when he is goes undercover in the 4400 Center, the drugs are confiscated and the voices return. Gary blows his cover when he bursts into Jordan Collier's office demanding the return of the haloperidol. In "The New World", Gary tells Diana that he eventually learned to control and harness his power and he now thinks of it in the same way as he does his other senses.


-->"Like, I can tell thereís a robber in a shop, but I can see how desperate he is for money. Or I can tell you about the teacher who has dirty feelings about kids in his class, but I can also feel how guilty it makes him, and I can tell from the kids around him that he hasnít done anything. Itís...complicated.Ē

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-->"Like, I can tell thereís a robber in a shop, but I can see [[DrivenToVillainy how desperate he is for money. money]]. Or I can tell you about [[HotForStudent the teacher who has dirty feelings about kids in his class, class]], but I can also feel how guilty it makes him, and I can tell from the kids around him that he hasnít done anything. [[HumansAreFlawed Itís...complicated.complicated]].Ē

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* Kind of {{Inverted}} in ''Literature/{{Touch}}.'' Caspar doesn't necessarily like [[TheEmpath his power]], finding it [[DirtyMindReading uncomfortable]] or [[MySkullRunnethOver overwhelming]] at times, but he notes that finding truly "bad" people is harder than you might expect.
-->"Like, I can tell thereís a robber in a shop, but I can see how desperate he is for money. Or I can tell you about the teacher who has dirty feelings about kids in his class, but I can also feel how guilty it makes him, and I can tell from the kids around him that he hasnít done anything. Itís...complicated.Ē

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* [[https://assets.amuniversal.com/b41139206d6401301d80001dd8b71c47 This]] ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' comic where the company is acquired by [=CEOs=] with telepathic powers that can inflict pain. Wally, isn't too concerned:
-->'''Dilbert''': Are you worried?
-->'''Wally''': Nah. If they read my mind, they'll all go blind.
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* Early in ''Webcomic/VoldemortsChildren'', [[spoiler: Harry discovers that he is a Legilimens.]] Unfortunately, this trope is in full force.

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* The main plot of ''Mousou Telepathy''. Ayako Nakano can see people's thoughts (and apparently can't prevent it). While some of her grief comes from being aware of other people's ugly thoughts and double standards, most of it stems from her classmate Toda Hayato, who has a crush on her... along with a very lewd imagination.


See Also: UnhappyMedium, BlackBugRoom, and some types of InsanityImmunity. See PsychicStatic and PokeInTheThirdEye for cases where the target deliberately dredges up disturbing mental images to mess withe mind-reader. May intersect with TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow if the read thought is ''really'' terrible.

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See Also: UnhappyMedium, BlackBugRoom, and some types of InsanityImmunity. See PsychicStatic and PokeInTheThirdEye for cases where the target deliberately dredges up disturbing mental images to mess withe with the mind-reader. May intersect with TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow if the read thought is ''really'' terrible.


** If you are a wizard, you have to be careful about making extended eye contact with anyone who has a soul. Otherwise, a Soul Gaze will be triggered, which exposes you to a visual representation of that person's soul and vice versa. Gazing into a sufficiently nasty Soul is an extremely traumatic experience that can ''never'' be forgotten since the memory of a Soul Gaze will never fade.
** [[spoiler:Molly]] gets the worst of it. As her magical power grows, so does her sensitivity to the thoughts and emotions of beings around her--humans, various evil supernaturals, and EldritchAbomination[=s.=] It gets so bad that, by ''Cold Days'', she can barely stand to be in a crowded room.

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** If you are a wizard, you have to be careful about making extended eye contact with anyone who has a soul. Otherwise, a Soul Gaze will be triggered, which exposes you to a visual representation of that person's soul and vice versa. Gazing into a sufficiently nasty Soul (or when using 'Sight', like when Harry 'looks' at the Skin Walker in Literature/TurnCoat) is an extremely traumatic experience that can ''never'' be forgotten since the memory of a Soul Gaze will never fade.
** [[spoiler:Molly]] gets the worst of it. As her magical power grows, so does her sensitivity to the thoughts and emotions of beings around her--humans, various evil supernaturals, and EldritchAbomination[=s.=] It gets so bad that, by ''Cold Days'', ''Literature/ColdDays'', she can barely stand to be in a crowded room.


* ''{{Manga/JojosBizarreAdventureDiamondIsUnbreakable}}'': When famous manga artist Rohan Kishibe finds out that two of his teenage fans, Koichi and Hazamada, have tracked down where he lives, he uses his [[{{FightingSpirit}} Stand]] Heaven's Door to read their minds, hoping to find new material for his manga ''[[{{ShowWithinAShow}} Pink Dark Boy]]''. Upon reading Hazamada's mind and finding out that (among other things) he attempted to rape a classmate and chickened out, Rohan is thoroughly revulsed.

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* ''{{Manga/JojosBizarreAdventureDiamondIsUnbreakable}}'': ''{{Manga/Jojos Bizarre Adventure Diamond Is Unbreakable}}'': When famous manga artist Rohan Kishibe finds out that two of his teenage fans, Koichi and Hazamada, have tracked down where he lives, he uses his [[{{FightingSpirit}} Stand]] Heaven's Door to read their minds, hoping to find new material for his manga ''[[{{ShowWithinAShow}} Pink Dark Boy]]''. Upon reading Hazamada's mind and finding out that (among other things) he attempted to rape a classmate and chickened out, Rohan is thoroughly revulsed.

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* ''{{Manga/JojosBizarreAdventureDiamondIsUnbreakable}}'': When famous manga artist Rohan Kishibe finds out that two of his teenage fans, Koichi and Hazamada, have tracked down where he lives, he uses his [[{{FightingSpirit}} Stand]] Heaven's Door to read their minds, hoping to find new material for his manga ''[[{{ShowWithinAShow}} Pink Dark Boy]]''. Upon reading Hazamada's mind and finding out that (among other things) he attempted to rape a classmate and chickened out, Rohan is thoroughly revulsed.


* A variation in {{Film/Star Trek}} when Kirk mind melds with [[spoiler:the Spock from the original timeline. Spock blames himself for the destruction of Vulcan]], and thus is feeling huge amounts of grief, guilt, and overall pain. Since Vulcan emotions are stronger than humans', and emotional transference is an effect of the mind meld, Kirk is overwhelmed and left stumbling around in a daze for a few seconds.

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* A variation occurs in {{Film/Star Trek}} ''Film/StarTrek2009'' when Kirk mind melds with [[spoiler:the Spock from the original timeline. Spock blames himself for the destruction of Vulcan]], and thus is feeling huge amounts of grief, guilt, and overall pain. Since Vulcan emotions are stronger than humans', and emotional transference is an effect of the mind meld, Kirk is overwhelmed and left stumbling around in a daze for a few seconds.

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* In ''Webcomic/TwoKinds'', the dragon Princess Reni reads Trace Legacy's mind to verify his identity. During this, she gets flustered when she comes across memories of him being intimate with Flora. Later, Nora detects her intrusion on his memories.
-->'''Nora:''' You know, young one, it's rude to pry.


* In [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3QR1OMJMo0 a 2016 short]] by WebAnimation/DorklyOriginals, a Haunter uses Dream Eater on a sleeping Pikachu, only to find its dreams rather racy, including sexual fantasies with its trainer and [[TentaclePorn a Tentacruel]]. (Fortunately, the latter is not actually seen.)

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* In [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3QR1OMJMo0 a 2016 short]] by WebAnimation/DorklyOriginals, a Haunter uses Dream Eater on a sleeping Pikachu, only to find its dreams rather racy, including sexual fantasies with its trainer and [[TentaclePorn a Tentacruel]]. (Fortunately, the latter is not actually seen.)Tentacruel.

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