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Second, be ambiguous. In other words, try leaving the audience to figure things out. ShipTease can work nicely if done right to make character relationships ambiguous. Also don't explain every little thing in the story line, that would make things too obvious. Leave some things to the imagination or the audience. Another thing to remember is that the audience still has to understand what's going on while having numerous theories and questions still at hand. You should let the reader ChooseYourOwnAdventure, letting them interpret the storyline in several ways instead of just the one you had planned for them. It can open new possibilities from Sub-Versions to Parodies or even another adaptation or alternate retelling of the storyline (This can lead to a CashCowFranchise). ThisLoserIsYou if you make the narrative too confusing, or too mind screwing. The key is balance and paying careful attention to the story at hand, making sure you know what you're doing and making sure to make sure the audience understands your work, yet still has questions and theories of their own. Am I screwing your mind yet?

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Second, be ambiguous. In other words, try leaving the audience to figure things out. ShipTease can work nicely if done right to make character relationships ambiguous. Also don't explain every little thing in the story line, that would make things too obvious. Leave some things to the imagination or the audience. Another thing to remember is that the audience still has to understand what's going on while having numerous theories and questions still at hand. You should let the reader ChooseYourOwnAdventure, [[{{Gamebooks}} Choose Your Own Adventure]], letting them interpret the storyline in several ways instead of just the one you had planned for them. It can open new possibilities from Sub-Versions to Parodies or even another adaptation or alternate retelling of the storyline (This can lead to a CashCowFranchise). ThisLoserIsYou if you make the narrative too confusing, or too mind screwing. The key is balance and paying careful attention to the story at hand, making sure you know what you're doing and making sure to make sure the audience understands your work, yet still has questions and theories of their own. Am I screwing your mind yet?


You can also screw people's minds by making characters have psychological problems (whatever genre the work fits under does not matter), the most common being amensia (See AmnesiacHero) but don't limit yourself to that alone, giving characters other problems like short term memory or a SplitPersonality can also work depending on the storyline at hand. There are also other numerous psychological disorders such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (you should have something in the character's backstory trigger this), Erotomania (what most [[StalkerWithACrush stalkers with crushes]] suffer from), Pica (this one isn't for those with weak stomachs...) and so on...

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You can also screw people's minds by making characters have psychological problems (whatever genre the work fits under does not matter), the most common being amensia amnesia (See AmnesiacHero) but don't limit yourself to that alone, giving characters other problems like short term memory or a SplitPersonality can also work depending on the storyline at hand. There are also other numerous psychological disorders such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (you should have something in the character's backstory trigger this), Erotomania (what most [[StalkerWithACrush stalkers with crushes]] suffer from), Pica (this one isn't for those with weak stomachs...) and so on...


PsychologicalHorror and MindScrew can go hand in hand, making the genre even more confusing. Also see ThroughTheEyesOfMadness and MindScrew for more advice. However MindScrew isn't limited to Psychological Horror alone. It can be included in other genres if you do it right. I'll put a few genres and how to make MindScrew work (but do not feel obligated to fallow all the writing. I'm just putting it up there as an example):

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PsychologicalHorror and MindScrew can go hand in hand, making the genre even more confusing. Also see ThroughTheEyesOfMadness and MindScrew for more advice. However MindScrew isn't limited to Psychological Horror alone. It can be included in other genres if you do it right. I'll put a few genres and how to make MindScrew work (but do not feel obligated to fallow follow all the writing. I'm just putting it up there as an example):


For Mystery and Detective genres perhaps you could have a riddle solver who can't solve riddles or a villian who uses mind-screwing tactics to play with the detectives mind. Hypnosis and MindControl may also be one of the criminal's tactics which he uses to get away with his crimes (if not caught by the detective/hero that is).

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For Mystery and Detective genres perhaps you could have a riddle solver who can't solve riddles or a villian who uses mind-screwing tactics to play with the detectives detective's mind. Hypnosis and MindControl may also be one of the criminal's tactics which he uses to get away with his crimes (if not caught by the detective/hero that is).


* ''VisualNovel/LuxPain'' (DS)
* ''VisualNovel/TimeHollow'' (DS)



!! Good examples of MindScrew with FridgeLogic/[[FridgeHorror horror]]

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!! Good examples of MindScrew with FridgeLogic/[[FridgeHorror horror]]FridgeLogic[=/=]FridgeHorror:


* ''VisualNovel/EfATaleOfMelodies'' (the mindscrewy moments are rare but ''Tale Of Melodies'' has more of these moments than ''EfATaleOfMemories'')

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* ''VisualNovel/EfATaleOfMelodies'' ''VisualNovel/EfaFairyTaleOfTheTwo'' (the mindscrewy moments are rare but ''Tale Of Melodies'' has more of these moments than ''EfATaleOfMemories'')''Tale of Memories'')



* ''Ever17'' has a high amount of MindScrew (up to the point where you have to log in to read the entire atrticle).

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* ''Ever17'' ''VisualNovel/{{Ever17}}'' has a high amount of MindScrew (up to the point where you have to log in to read the entire atrticle).



* ''VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'' did this, the visual novel actually encourages you to figure out whether it's a mystery or a fantasy genre.

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* ''VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'' ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' did this, the visual novel actually encourages you to figure out whether it's a mystery or a fantasy genre.


* 75% to 85% of the comic books of GrantMorrison.

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* 75% to 85% of the comic books of GrantMorrison.Creator/GrantMorrison.


* Most Music/{{Vocaloid}} songs are pretty mind screwy... "Matryoshka" is a good start; "Alice of Human Sacrifice" is another good one; "Circle You" and "Fear Garden" may be frightening to some. Other songs include "Hide and Seek", "I=Nightmare" and the "Evillious Chronicles" series.

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* Most Music/{{Vocaloid}} songs are pretty mind screwy... "Matryoshka" is a good start; "Alice of Human Sacrifice" is another good one; "Circle You" and "Fear Garden" may be frightening to some. Other songs include "Hide and Seek", "I=Nightmare" Seek" and the "Evillious Chronicles" series."I=Nightmare".


* ''JohnnyTheHomicidalManiac''

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* ''JohnnyTheHomicidalManiac''''ComicBook/JohnnyTheHomicidalManiac''



* The ''BoogiepopSeries''

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* The ''BoogiepopSeries''''LightNovel/BoogiepopSeries''



* ''RedGarden''
* ''EfATaleOfMelodies'' (the mindscrewy moments are rare but ''Tale Of Melodies'' has more of these moments than ''EfATaleOfMemories'')

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* ''RedGarden''
''Anime/RedGarden''
* ''EfATaleOfMelodies'' ''VisualNovel/EfATaleOfMelodies'' (the mindscrewy moments are rare but ''Tale Of Melodies'' has more of these moments than ''EfATaleOfMemories'')



* ''TheStrangers''

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* ''TheStrangers''''Film/TheStrangers''



* ''LuxPain'' (DS)
* ''TimeHollow'' (DS)

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* ''LuxPain'' ''VisualNovel/LuxPain'' (DS)
* ''TimeHollow'' ''VisualNovel/TimeHollow'' (DS)



* ''ElfenLied''
* ''[[AxisPowersHetalia Hetalia]] Paint it White!'' (the series itself isn't a mind screw, the movie isn't either, but the FridgeLogic value is tremendous!)
* ''LuxPain''
* ''TimeHollow''

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* ''ElfenLied''
''Manga/ElfenLied''
* ''[[AxisPowersHetalia ''[[Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia Hetalia]] Paint it White!'' (the series itself isn't a mind screw, the movie isn't either, but the FridgeLogic value is tremendous!)
* ''LuxPain''
''VisualNovel/LuxPain''
* ''TimeHollow''
''VisualNovel/TimeHollow''


* ''ImACyborgButThatsOkay''

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* ''ImACyborgButThatsOkay''''Film/ImACyborgButThatsOkay''



* ''BlackSwan''

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* ''BlackSwan''''Film/BlackSwan''



* ''GhostHound'' (some elements of ScienceFiction are here, but for the most part it's psychological)

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* ''GhostHound'' ''Anime/GhostHound'' (some elements of ScienceFiction are here, but for the most part it's psychological)



* ''SerialExperimentsLain'' (this is a good example of ScienceFiction and Mindscrew merging together)

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* ''SerialExperimentsLain'' ''Anime/SerialExperimentsLain'' (this is a good example of ScienceFiction and Mindscrew merging together)



* {{Umineko no naku koro ni}} did this, the visual novel actually encourages you to figure out whether it's a mystery or a fantasy genre.

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* {{Umineko no naku koro ni}} * ''VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'' did this, the visual novel actually encourages you to figure out whether it's a mystery or a fantasy genre.


** ''999:NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors'' certainly gave us ideas as well, not to mention they have devteam members from both games!

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** ''999:NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors'' ''999:VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors'' certainly gave us ideas as well, not to mention they have devteam members from both games!


First off, {{Dream Sequence}}s and {{Flash Back}}s are your friends. They're good to use if say your character (or characters) are amnesiac or maybe missing a few memories. It's also good to help explain things prior to the story line. Maybe they're DreamingTheTruth.

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First off, {{Dream Sequence}}s and {{Flash Back}}s are your friends. They're good to use if say your character (or characters) are amnesiac or maybe missing a few memories. It's also good to help explain things prior to the story line. Maybe they're DreamingTheTruth.
DreamingTheTruth. Or, to mix things up, maybe their dreams are part [[FridgeBrilliance clever foreshadowing that makes sense in hindsight]], and part psychedelic crap that [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs makes no sense whatsoever]].


* ''Series/AmericanHorrorStory''

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* ''Series/AmericanHorrorStory''''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryMurderHouse''


* ''NeonGenesisEvangelion''

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* ''NeonGenesisEvangelion''''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''



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* {{Umineko no naku koro ni}} did this, the visual novel actually encourages you to figure out whether it's a mystery or a fantasy genre.

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