This page will include examples that would demonstrate how a psychological concept would relate to a person who is all alone in the world. Image this is the last person left on earth, or that they're alone in Antarctica or simply alone. Image the times that you have been alone and how you have felt, acted or thought differently because of it. This will end up being a large lesson because it will show us how other people's presence (absence really) affects us.Your instructions are to...
    1. Either complete the partial thought of "If you were alone in the world..." like the first few examples below or edit someone else's example to make it make more sense.
    2. ALWAYS USE PSYCHOLOGICAL TERMS FROM PSYCHLOPEDIA in your examples.
    3. Link to the term that you used with the link button. At the end of the year we will take all of these mini examples and construct them into one short story about an individual who is alone in the world.
    4. Only use each term once... unless the person who used it before was wrong in the way they used it... in that case, replace it.



Chapter 3: Bio-psychology

  • If you were alone in the world, you would never see another phenotype except your own; you would only be able to see it from your reflection.
  • If you were alone in the world, the sociocultural view would not exist because there would be no one to interact with and no supposed social norms because, well, social would mean talking to- plants.
  • If you were alone in the world, the only culture in your life would be true individualism.
  • If you were alone in the world, you would have survived natural selection, because nobody else was able to adapt to the environment like you were, so they died off.
  • If you were alone in the world, without sensory neurons, you would not be able to use your senses such as: vision, hearing, taste, touch, smell, pain, and balance.
  • If you were alone in the world, you would not have an imbalance of GABA because there wouldn't be anyone presenting you with stressful situations; therefore, you would never have anxiety problems. Unless you get attacked by something.
  • If you were alone in the world, your frontal lobes would be the most well used lobe for thought process and movement in order to survive.
  • If you were alone in the world, you would use your cerebellum to hunt for animals and you would rely on the sympathetic division to fight or run away from wild animals
  • If you were alone in the world, you would have to worry about anxiety attacks because you wouldn't have any support or help.
  • If you were alone in the world, you would less likely have to use the Broca's area of your frontal lobe because you wouldn't have to speak to anyone.
  • If you were alone in the world, then your reticular formation, and temporal lobe would be very active, because any sound you hear wouldn't be from another human, so you would have to be alert at all times.
  • If you were alone in the world, the hippocampus would have more space to store memories because a person wouldn't have to remember people's names and faces.
  • If you were alone in the world, your serotonin levels would be low causing you to potentially become depressed from loneliness.
  • If you were alone in the world, your amygdala would be severely hindered due to the fact that there is no one left for you to share your emotions with.
  • If you were alone in the world, plasticity would make it easier to be alone because over time the need for human contact would diminish.
  • If you were alone in the world, your thalamus would increase its efficiency because all of the watching and listening you would have to do to keep track of animals, and feeling the texture of plants to help tell if they are toxic or not.
  • If you were alone in the world, then your limbic system might be working twice as hard, since it would be used when you tried to remember the emotions you felt when other people existed in your life.
  • If you were alone in the world, then everything would be based off confirmation bias because there would be no other opinion to base your observations off of.
  • If you were alone in the world you would have nobody to share your genotype with.

Chapter 4: Sensation and Perception

  • If you were alone in the world, then your dopamine levels would decrease causing you to develop mental disorders such as schizophrenia as there would be almost nothing to reward yourself with.
  • If you were alone in the world, then signal detection theory would help explain why the judgments you make about stimuli change over time (for example, if you thought you heard a car, but since there are no other people, eventually you would instinctively think it was something else).
  • If you were alone in the world, but you didn't know it, then you would probably use binocular cues to search for other people in the distances in front of you or, for possible threats from animals, you could use it to see how far away they are so that you can run away in time.
  • If you were alone in the world, then you might readily detect a specific stimulus a certain way, such as seeing something vague at night and believing it to be a threat, which is a perceptual set.
  • If you were alone in the world, the Gestalt Theory of innate factors would greatly outweigh the Learning-Based Perception because there would be no other human influences to learn from.
  • If you were alone in the world, you would not need feature detectors to recognize the faces of your friends and family.
  • If you we're alone in the world, Weber's Law would be in effect because you would be used to everything and then you would barely notice things that have freaked you out at one point.
  • If you were alone in the world, you wouldn't be able to tell if a figure is ambiguous as there would be no one else there to tell you what they see.
  • If you were alone in the world, colorblindness wouldn't be an issue as you wouldn't know that there were other colors.
  • If you were alone in the world, your absolute threshold for sound would eventually become enhanced due to the need of being able to hear predators and other threats from long distances.
  • If you were alone in the world, the law of similarity would not work because there is no other human to group with.

Chapter 5: States of Consciousness

  • If you were alone in the world, your circadian rhythm wouldn't be disrupted because you'd be doing things on your own at your own time.
  • If you were alone in the world, you wouldn't have anybody to pressure you to take hallucinogens.
  • If you were alone in the world, the only hypnosis you are likely to fall under is auto-hypnosis.
  • If you were alone in the world and you had night terrors while sleeping, nobody would be there to comfort you.
  • If you were alone in the world, having narcolepsy would still be a problem if you fell asleep in a dangerous area, with no one there to protect you.
  • If you were alone in the world, you might need to meditate to avoid hallucinating and going crazy.
  • If you were alone in the world, you would have a lot of time for daydreaming.
  • If you were alone in the world, you would never have a reason for sleep debt because you would have all of the time in the world to sleep.

Chapter 6: Learning

  • If you were alone in the world, it would be hard to test behavioral learning as there would be no one to observe and test on.
  • If you were alone in the world, according to the mere exposure effect, at first you would not be used to being alone, and unconsciously react to a stimuli as if you were not alone.
  • If you were alone in the world, observational learning may become a key trait in survival by picking up habits of the animals to be able to survive.
  • If you were alone in the world, the primary reinforcers would only be food and water because sex would no longer be an option.
  • If you were alone in the world, it would be amazing because there would be no one to give you negative reinforcements, punishments, and or aversive stimuli.
  • If you were alone in the world, pain, infection and/or death would become the main positive punishment for actions. Example - falling from a great height unsecured and breaking a leg would provide pain, with the possibility of starvation from lack of mobility and/or death. The behavior afterward is either you stop going to great heights, or stop going to a great height unsecured.
  • If you were alone in the world, an example of positive reinforcement would be hunting and scavenging to receive food and water.
  • If you were alone in the world, but you hadn't been before, then your long term memory would contain memories from what life was like before you became the only person in existence.
  • If you were alone in the world, there wouldn't be the memory "sin" of suggestibility or the misinformation effect, because there would be no one to give suggestions or misinformation to distort your memory.
  • If you were alone in the world, insight learning would be very important because you would have to learn how to solve problems by yourself in order to survive.
  • If you were alone in the world, you would be very lonely and therefore mood-congruent memory would cause you to remember all the times where you were lonely.
  • If you were alone in the world, classical conditioning would cause you to have very strong emotions when you see things that remind you of the past.

Chapter 7: Cognition

  • If you were alone in the world, then you might see retrieval cues everywhere that bring back memories of when people once walked the earth with you, such as an old restaurant that was your grandma's favorite, which may bring up feelings you had towards your grandma or pictures of the past that may remind you of when everyone was still there.
  • If you were alone in the world, due to transience, over time you would forget the names of your friends. For example, you would also possibly forget the English language as well. They would fade from you if not often practiced somehow, quickly at first and progressively slower.
  • If you were alone in the world, you would not be prone to suggestibility because there would not be anyone else to suggest things to you!
  • If you were alone in the world, the Language Acquisition Device (LAD) wouldn't exist because the only language spoken would be the one you speak.
  • If you were alone in the world, then the TOT phenomenon, or if you remember something but you can't remember the name of it, would be irritating because there would be no one to use retrieval cues to help you remember the name of the concept or idea you had in your mind, or on the tip of your tongue.
  • If you were alone in the world, you would use Hindsight Bias by claiming that you knew that you would be left all alone.
  • If you were alone in the world, there would be flashbulb memories of how the world was when there were people living there.
  • If you were alone in the world, there would not be any other social groups through which to base representative bias.
  • If you were alone in the world, there wouldn't be self-consistency bias because there would be any need to "lie to yourself" about what you used to believe or feel. Other people would not ask your opinions or beliefs on certain topics and you would not feel the need to lie to please them or society's beliefs.
  • If you were alone in the world, Confirmation Bias wouldn't be a problem because no one would contradict your beliefs.
  • If you were alone in the world, there would be no suggestibility bias because there wouldn't be anyone around to suggest things that may have happened!
  • If you were alone in the world, and were extremely bored, you could figure out the algorithms to solve a Rubik's cube.
  • If you were alone in the world, deja vu would be hard to prove wrong because nobody would be able to tell you if you are wrong.
  • If you were alone in the world, you would create new heuristics to solve problems.
  • If you were alone in the world, your implicit memories of how to do things could help you survive.
  • If you were alone in the world, you would never become absent minded because there is no distractions.
  • If you were alone in the world, the misinformation effect would not exist as there would not be anyone there to suggest anything.
  • If you were alone in the world and you had anterograde amnesia, you wouldn't know it as you would not be able to remember anything that was happening around you.
  • If you were alone in the world, priming wouldn't exist as there would not be anyone to give you the cues.

Chapter 8: Emotion and Motivation

  • If you were alone in the world, display rules would be irrelevant because there would be no society to determine when the display of certain emotions is appropriate.
  • If you were alone in the world, you might use extrinsic motivation to avoid the external consequences of starvation or the dangers of living in the wild as human civilization further degrades.
  • If you were alone in the world, one's locus of control would shift from being external to internal because the only person truly accountable for what happens after you are alone, is yourself.
  • If you were alone in the world, then emotions would not have social or cultural implications because of your singular isolation, but it would be heavily affected by your own solitude.
  • If you were alone in the world, there would be no need for emotional intelligence because there would be no one else around to interpret or respond to the expressions.
  • If you were alone in the world, easy tasks such as sleeping would be completed with high performance according to the inverted U function because there is no pressure.
  • If you were alone in the world, you would never have the opportunity or desire to lie, and you would never have to take a polygraph.
  • If you were alone in the world, emotional intelligence would be important because if you didnt control your emotions, you might go crazy.
  • If you were alone in the world, you would must likely feel lonely, so according to the opponent-process theory joy from another person's company would be suppressed.
  • If you were alone in the world, you wouldn't have to worry about your set point because you wouldn't have to worry about society's influences on weight and looks and you have no one to compare yourself to.
  • If you were alone in the world, you would not have the Approach-avoidance conflict of eating and gaining weight because you would not have the idea of weight gain being negative.
  • If you were alone in the world, and before you were alone you had an external locus of control, you would most likely get Learned Helplessness while you were alone due to the lack of peoples influence on your life since you do not control it.
  • If you were alone in the world, and you started crying, then the James-Lange theory would state that you are sad because you're crying.
  • If you were alone in the world, your genetic fixed-action patterns might become more prominent as you have suddenly been placed in an environment that closely replicates the environments of your human ancestors: survival itself is essentially one huge, ancient stimulus.
  • If you were alone in the world, you might pick up Learned Helplessness because you feel that no matter what you do you'll still be alone.
  • If you were alone in the world, you wouldn't have to deal with any stressors or stress that are associated with people.
  • If you were alone in the world, some of the stressors/stress that you might deal with daily could disappear.
  • If you were alone in the world, your biggest problem would be trying to maintain homeostasis.
  • If you were alone in the world, Maslow's hierarchy of needs wouldn't work because you couldn't have attachment and affiliation with other people, but would probably try to keep up your self esteem.
  • If you were alone in the world, crying from being alone results in having bad Emotional intelligence.
  • If you were alone in the world, like Tom Hanks was in Castaway for awhile, the Maslow's Heirarchy of Needs is very visible in the movie, because first Tom Hanks finds food to satisfy his biological needs, then he makes a shelter, and after that seeks love and affection from a inanimate object, a volleyball named "Wilson". This follows the Heirarchy of needs pyramid by fulfilling biological needs, safety, then love/affection.
  • If you were alone in the world, there would be a avoidance-avoidance conflict when you have decide to continue to live alone or perish like everyone else has.
  • If you were alone in the world, a main drive in the world would be thrist and hunger.
  • if you were alone in the world,fight-or-flight would come into play because if an incident happens your body will react by trying to do anything to stay alive.
  • If you were alone in the world, a main drive could be to create other people so you wont be bored to death.

Chapter 9: Psychological Development

  • If you were alone in the world, the object permanence of the world outside where you live might decrease in strength and vividness.
  • If you were alone in the world, it would be impossible to create a zygote because there wouldn't be any opposite sex to fertilize the egg with.
  • If you were alone in the world, animistic thinking, common of the preoperational stage, might continue because of lack of other humans for companionship; like in Castaway when he talks to Wilson the volleyball because he has gone insane without any other human beings to keep him company.
  • If you were alone in the world, it would be acceptable to be egocentric because there wouldn't be anyone else to have a different viewpoint than you.
  • If you were alone in the world, then you would be at stage 1 in stages of Moral Development because you are by yourself and would only be thinking of yourself.
  • If you were alone in the world, there would be no stages of conventional morality or postconventional morality because there would be no other beings for the concept of morality to pertain to.
If you were alone in the world, you would never get through the stage of Intimacy vs. Isolation in psychosocial development because you would never achieve intimacy because you would always be isolated.
  • If you were alone in the world, formal operational stage would help you stay alive as you would find more abstract and unique ways to stay alive.
  • If you were born and raised alone in the world, you would probably find attachment to a non-living object because no one is around you for you to get attached to.
  • .If you were alone in the world, your schema, (A mental structure) would never be Accommodated to incorporate new information to fit other mental structures
Chapter 10: Personality
  • If you were alone in the world, you would only act on your id because the absence of other people would mean no need for compromise, you could do whatever you pleased.
  • If you were alone in the world, you will feel that you have an internal locus of control because no one is there to motivate you extrinsically.
  • If you were alone in the world, you would probably have basic anxiety from being alone all of the time.
  • If you were alone in the world, and you had neurotic needs, you wouldn't be able to fulfill the first two needs on Horney's Ten Neurotic Needs list: The need for affection and need for a partner.
  • If you were alone in the world, if you were an extrovert, you would soon become an introvert because all of your worries would become internal and not about others.
  • If you were alone in the world, you may have a low libido or have none at all because there would be no one else you would be sexually attracted to.
  • If you were alone in the world, your ego would not be put to use at all because there would be nothing for it to compromise due to the fact that there is no rule of law.
  • If you were alone in the world, being an introvert previously might make it easier to cope with the fact that you are now all by yourself.
  • If you were alone in the world, you would have almost no sense of agreeableness because you would not need to conform or be sociable, unless you lived with wolves or another animal.
  • If you were alone in the world, collectivism would no longer exsist; and your own life would become individualistic.
  • If you were alone in the world, you would defend your mind from killing animals for meat with Regression.
  • If you were alone in the world,rationalization and sublimation would hold no meaning, because there is no society or culture for an action to be acceptable in.
  • If you were alone in the world, practical intelligence would consist of finding food and shelter.
  • If you were alone in the world it wouldn't matter if you were an introvert as there would be no one to talk to.

Chapter 11: Testing and Intelligence

  • If you were alone in the world, your Mental age would be your actual Chronological age (CA) because to find your Mental age you compare your scores to those of different ages but since you are alone there is no score to compare it to.
  • If you were alone in the world, you would need to have a good sense of Practical intellgence because you would be alone and you would need to know how to act on your feet and deal with stressful situations that may or may not happen to you.
  • If you were alone in the world, eugenics would have no use because there would be no social classes. You would not be able to interbreed with people of biological superiority or be discouraged to breed with the inferior.
  • If you were alone in the world, you would need to have Fluid Intelligence because you would be put in situations were you might need to understand and solve complex problems in order to survive on your own.
  • If you were alone in the world, interpersonal intelligence would be useless because there would be no one else to understand emotionally. There would be no need to understand someone else's emotions, intentions,and motives because you would be completely and entirely by yourself.
  • If you were alone in the world, you would also use analytical intelligence because you would need to discover ways to survive.
  • If you were alone in the world, you would not be able to fulfill the self-fulfilling prophecy because you will not have any expectations for yourself, therefore there will be no consequential behaviors or observations.
  • If you were alone in the world, if you have high creative intelligence would allow you to come up with more creative ways to escape sticky situations that come up while being alone because people with high creative intelligence have a better ability in doing creative things.
  • If you were alone in the world, it would be hard to test your Intelligence quotient (IQ) because you weren't prepared in a "school environment"; in other words you were not prepared in math, reading, or writing in advanced. It's hard to place a certain IQ on someone who might be stronger in Practical intelligence rather than Analytical intelligence.
  • If you were alone in the world, you wouldn't have to worry about criterion validity because if there aren't any people left to take a test, no standard can be established therefore making this type of validity extinct.
  • If you were alone in the world, you would have no, or a very low libido because there would be no one else that you could be sexually attracted to or have the feeling of love for.
  • If you were alone in the world, you might start to lose your linguistic intelligence because you have nobody to talk to...unless you go crazy.
  • If you were alone in the world, you might think you will go crazy because there is nobody around for you to talk to or to keep you company. If you think this, then you would most likely make yourself go crazy because you expect it to happen eventually. This is self-fulfilling prophecy , which is when you expect something to happen and it eventually does.
  • If you were alone in the world you would likely not develop anorexia nervosa due to the fact that you would have no equals for which to compare yourself to, or any potential partners to impress or exceed.
  • If you were alone in the world, a person with the savant syndrome would be helpful if there were no calenders anymore to determine what day of the week it is.
  • If you were alone in the world, heritability would not exist because there would be no variation within a group of people to notice genetically inherited traits since the person is alone in the world.
  • If you were alone in the world, IQ tests would have extremely large reliability because reliability is based on consistent results over time. Since your IQ is based off the average of everyone else's IQ, your IQ would become the average and every time you take the test, you would get 100. Since you score the same every time, there is a high reliability.

Chapter 12: Abnormal Psychology

  • If you were alone in the world, it would be difficult to have Dependent Personality Disorder because there would be no other humans to see for advice or attention and no chance for dependency to develop.
  • If you were alone in the world, you may develop paranoid schizophrenia to cope with the loss of your loved ones. The delusions and hallucinations would be of seeing your dead loved ones and believing that try are still with you.
  • If you were alone in the world, there would be lesser chance of you becoming agoraphobic because there would be no big crowds of people that you could become stuck in. being an agoraphobic is being afraid of not being able to escape crowded area, so being alone in the world makes this fear impossible.
  • If you were alone in the world, major depression would be a huge problem because you would be lonely and not have anyone to speak to for your whole life.
  • If you were alone in the world, you may develop Dissociative Identity Disorder in order to have someone, yourself as different personalities, to talk to and for your mind to repress with the trauma and sorrow of being alone.
  • If you were alone in the world, narcissistic personality disorder would be a real struggle, as there would be no one for you to seek attention from and that craving for attention would never be fulfilled. Also, you could never be treated because as you know, there are no psychologists/psychiatrists to help you.
  • If you were alone in the world it would be hard to know if you had antisocial personality disorder as there wouldn't be people to do things to (ex. a school shooting) to be diagnosed.
  • If you were alone in the world a paranoid schitzophrenic might not even know they were alone, they would likely hear voices and see other thing so they probably woouldnt feel as alone as a mentally healthy person
  • If you were alone in the world, you would probably be prone to having anxiety attacks because you would always be worried that something bad could happen to you. For example, if there was a explosion or zombie invasion, you would have anxiety on what you should plan to do.
  • If you were alone in the world, this would be a good thing if you had social phobias because then there wouldn't be any social interactions to be scared of.
  • IF you were alone in the world, you would freak out every day because of agoraphobia because there is open space all around you.

Chapter 13: Therapies for Psychological Disorders

  • If you were alone in the world and had a mental disorder, you would not be able to get generic counseling treatment because there would be no other people to have a group therapy session with. However,if there were still animals you could at least air your feelings to them and, if your disorder was a phobia about a certain animal, you could work through it on your own over time using systematic desensitization techniques.
  • If you were alone in the world, you would always be in need for some sort of therapy to deal with being alone, but you could never get it which would cause you to obtain some sort of disorder to cope with being alone.
  • If you were alone in the world, it would b very difficult to fix any mental disorder you have because you have no one to talk to it about and no way of knowing how to fix your phobia, or disorder.
  • If you were alone in the world and became depressed, there would be no one around to treat you with Humanistic Therapy because no one would be around to tell you positive tings about yourself. Also, Ratinaol-Emotive Behavior Therapy would be ineffective too because no one would be feeinding you positive thoughts.
  • If you were alone in the world many people would seek treatment or therapy for when they go crazy with depression. They would probably develop Schizophrenia (paranoid), and without therapy the world would become their "community".

  • If you were alone in the world, the concept of deindividuation would be impossible in terms of how we experience it now through group conformity with other humans, you might instead conform to some animal group or another group of association.
  • If you were alone in the world, the concept of "social norms" would not exist simply because if there were no people to coexist with, then there would be no basis or expectations for your attitudes and behaviors.

Chapter 14: Social Psychology

  • If you were alone in the world, your personal productivity level would remain forever-constant because you would be impervious to social loafing (engouraging less productivity) and social facilitation (encouraging more productivity) since there would be no one around you to influence your behaviors.
  • If you were alone in the world there would be no conformity because there are no people around that you would have to change yourself in order to fit in.
  • If you were alone in the world deindividuation wouldn't exist and you would be responsible for every action you take and their consequences.
  • If you were alone in the world, you wouldnt have to worry about diffusion of responsibility, simply beacuse you wouldnt have to worry about being in a life threatning situation or worrying about any one around to watch.
  • If you were alone in the world, obedience, would never exist because there would be no higher authority to obide by, other than yourself. No one would be around to tell you what to do and you could do anything you wanted.
  • If you were alone in the world, say after a nuclear fallout in which you were the last surivor, you may act irrational, like a manic episode, and feel a rush of adrenaline. As a result of Cognitive Dissonance you may justify that you are feeling this because it was your destiny to survive and help bring back the human race to what it once was, when in reality you only survived because you happened to be so far away from the explosions and also very lucky.
  • If you were alone in the world, social norms would be non-existant because other people wouldn't have established what is socially acceptable.

  • If you were alone in the world you would have to own all responsibility for events that occur so diffusion of responsibility would not occur. So if the whole town burned into flames you wouldn't be able to blame someone else because you are the only person alive.

  • If you were alone in the world there would be no Triangular Theory of Love because there ios no one else to meet the neds of a relationship. This would inevitably cause you to begin a relationship with a sign, or even a statue of some sort, to fill the gap left in your heart.