A new kind of invisibility cloak is making its way into popular psychology, and it’s about the psychological egoism that comes with it.
“Invisibleness cloaks” can be used to cover up what a person thinks and feels, and can help people feel more authentic and less vulnerable to what might otherwise be perceived as intrusive behavior.
A study published in the journal Psychological Science found that a new type of invisibleness cloak was found to be effective in reducing the impact of intrusive thoughts and feelings.
“The results of our study showed that people who wear a cloak that cloaks the thoughts and behaviors of others can have less intrusive thoughts, and are less likely to report being harassed, and also less likely be reported to have intrusive thoughts,” study researcher Amy Krieger told The Huffington Post.
“It seems that the cloak helps people to feel more comfortable around others and less likely they would have to act out.
So invisibility cloaking can be a great tool for helping people be more open to others.”
Invisibility Cloaks are popular in psychology, psychology research, and psychology related subjects.
“A lot of the research on invisibility was about the effect of cloaks on the social behavior of others,” Krieberg said.
“Our study looked at cloaks as a form of social behavior, so we were interested in how cloaks could help us be more successful in socially speaking and more effective in social interaction.”
Krieer, a psychology professor at the University of Southern California, and her colleagues found that cloaking the thoughts of people who had no interest in engaging in other social behaviors and had an inflated self-image, reduced the amount of intrusive thought and felt by people.
“We found that it decreased the amount people reported engaging in socially-relevant behavior,” Kieber said.
This research is important, as it shows that cloakers can reduce intrusive thoughts.
It also helps us to understand how people with high levels of narcissism can use invisibility to gain social dominance, because narcissism is also a personality trait that is related to invisibility.
“These results show that invisibility can also help people to be more self-aware and to be less self-absorbed,” Kreyger said.
And in this case, invisibility is about the egoism of people, Krieber said, not necessarily about invisibility as a cloak.
“People may be able to use invisiblness cloaks to feel less lonely or isolated,” Kries said.
Kriegers research team found that people with a low narcissism score, but high narcissism scores on a measure of interpersonal and communication skills, were more likely to use cloaks in a socially-emotional setting.
People with high narcissist scores and low narcissist-like personality traits were more able to wear cloaks and conceal their thoughts.
The cloaking effect is also related to social competence, as people with higher social competence scores and narcissism on a scale of personality and communication traits were able to avoid the unwanted attention and reactions of others, Kreygers study found.
“While the results suggest that cloaky invisibility could be helpful for people who suffer from social deficits, it does not necessarily mean it is a substitute for being more open and engaging with others,” she said.
But it could be a helpful tool for people to get past their social inhibitions and be more socially responsible, Kries added.
In addition, the cloak has also been used in social interactions between children and adults, Kriches team found.
The researchers also found that children and teens who wore cloaks had lower levels of aggression and lower levels and types of violence.
“There’s some evidence that children are less susceptible to violent acts than adults, so this study suggests that it might be possible to teach children not to be aggressive toward others,” said Krieges team member Mary-Louise Saccone.
And if you or someone you know needs help, the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health offers resources. “
I think it is important to know that invisiblity cloaks can be helpful, but that there are many other ways to get the same results,” she added.
And if you or someone you know needs help, the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health offers resources.
The National Institute on Mental Health is a federally funded, nonprofit agency that develops, funds, and tests effective treatments and interventions for mental health disorders.
For more information, visit www.nimh.nih.gov.