A short list of long words

Apophenia: the tendency to mentally relate a series of potentially unrelated ideas.

When someone employs apophenia, they seem to be bouncing randomly from one subject to the next, making connections between things though the connections are questionable.

Extrasensory: not related to the five common senses (sight, hearing, touch, taste, smell).

A person could develop an extrasensory decision-making model for their life and get along just fine, possibly better than the alternative.

Pragmatic: of or related to the practical.

The best way to be when exercising your inner capitalist. Not the best when going on a date (in that case it would be better to be romantic).

Phlegmatic: showing or having few emotions.

Yes, I know, we’re all jealous of the “phlegmy” ones. They seem to have no worries.

Schizophrenia: the tendency to relate unrelated realities.

A question I’ve been pondering lately is this: how would you know the difference between schizophrenic visions and visions associated with xenosthesia? How could you possibly discern? It’s basically the age-old question of whether a person can diagnose their own sanity. Does a diagnosis require an objective opinion? Then again, the best doctor would be able to tap the vein of xenosthesia.

Xenosthesia: the ability to experience all of the emotions and sensations and knowledge of another being.

In an ideal example of this, the experiencing subject would have access to the knowledge of the subject being experienced, though the subject being experienced wouldn’t necessarily know anything was happening. For the experienced to know they were under scrutiny would require them to have a measure of xenosthesia as well.

Published by Kurt Gailey

This is where I'm supposed to brag about how I've written seven novels, five screenplays, thousands of short stories, four self-help books, and one children's early-reader, but I'd rather stay humble. You can find out about things I've written or follow my barchive (web archive, aka 'blog) at xenosthesia.com or follow me on twitter @kurt_gailey. I love sports and music and books, so if you're an athlete or in a band or you're a writer, give me a follow and I'll most likely follow you back. I've even been known to promote other people's projects.

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