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For the novel I'm writing, I'm doing a bit of research. But my imagination only goes as far as my perspective goes. And as I have a certain mindset and a certain cultural background, I'm sure other people will have other ideas about the subject. So let your imagination run wild.

The most elaborate and creative entry gets 300 points! :la:

(and although this isn't really a contest -- entry's are accepted until november 1st)

The situation
You have pretty awesome powers!
Although the usage of life-energy related powers are quite natural in your world... you're one of the few individuals that has mind bending powers. This type of powers are usually quite bothersome to learn, but you have a natural gift for learning that kind of stuff, which caused you to be able to do so ever since you were a kid. You cannot only read the minds of the people around you, and predict their actions, but you're able to manipulate their thoughts fully (and therefore their actions). All within certain limitations, of course.

Limitations and rules
:bulletblack: You can 'hear' everybody's thoughts by default. It's your choice whether to shut yourself off from it or not. Keep in mind: Hearing too much isn't always good.
:bulletblack: You cannot read/manipulate thoughts of people that are insane, or are mentally a lot stronger than you.
:bulletblack: People stronger than you can manipulate you, and therefore trick you into thinking that you can control them. Be careful who you trust.
:bulletblack: Mass mind manipulation is impossible. You can only manipulate one person exact thoughts at the same time. For every other person you add you lose more focus and have more risk to become insane.
:bulletblack: Mind bending is very tiresome, since you need a good focus for it. You cannot use it excessively.
:bulletblack: Using your gift too excessively or continuously causes insanity. 
:bulletblack: Mind bending is illegal by law. Make sure the police/government doesn't find out.
:bulletblack: There are weapons that can block your powers. But people won't use them against you if you're not suspicious. 

The questions
How would you live your life? Would you do the same as you do now, or would you use your powers to change things? Would you still be a good citizen, or are those powers too tempting to use for criminal behavior? And how would you deal with people knowing you have that kind of powers?

There's no right or wrong here. Just be creative :)

Edit:
The 300 points go to De-Vagrant. Thanks for the interesting discussion about psychic powers in story lines. Very insightful :)
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KenScherer Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'd simply use my gift of mind reading a few times to find out from week-minded friends of investors what stocks to buy and sell to make me quick millionaire and would pay off all my bills, buy a modest house for each of my kids, help some other relatives and then enjoy my life immersed in my art and hobbies. I'd probably open a small movie theater for geeks and nerds with a concession stand, arcade, comic book store, an online gaming area, and a role playing board game area. Heck, I'd have an art studio in it and maybe a paint ball and/or laser tag section. And I'd pay my employees good and provide excellent healthcare and retirement benefits. Hmm, I might need to use my powers a little bit more to make me a billionaire, instead of a millionaire, to finance that, but I think I could pull it off without going insane. If I could 'hear' everybody's thought by default, I wouldn't need to manipulate their minds. I'd simply listen for good investment advise. :)
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NearoC Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013   Digital Artist
Hmm... honestly I'd probably avoid manipulation as a whole, but I'd probably listen in on thoughts like.. way too much, I'm kinda paranoid about what everyone thinks anyways, so I imagine I'd use that fully to my advantage. From there, I'd either probably lose all faith in finding someone I'd actually like since minds are pretty all over the place and I doubt there'd be anyone with no bad thoughts (though I've never read someone's mind so I dunno exactly how anyone other then me thinks, really.) or end up finding some good friends.. maybe I'd end up kinda deranged, too.. I can imagine becoming slowly more manipulative and trying to simply change the ideals of people important to me bit by bit to how I'd like them to be, just subtle changes that'd end up probably creating ripple effects and such too. And uh... Yeah I dunno it'd vary a lot depending on how people's thoughts were, I could just end up going batshit insane from trying to change a lot, trying to make ideals. Or maybe I'd just passively listen in sometimes and otherwise not even. At most outside of personal relations I'd probably only use the powers to manipulate people into getting an easy job with alright pay or something, couldn't imagine wanting more than that; I'd just like some people I'd appreciate and nothing really difficult to do, too much ambition would just make things harder I think, haha. But yeah, nothing too exciting- Maybe I'd end up kinda corrupted, I'd certainly not be "good" beyond some subjective thing that could perhaps be considered it.. maybe I'd help influence some laws, towards something I'd view as positive, as a general consensus.. More rights to some people? Stuff like that.. I dunno, there'd be a whole life of having this ability, and a whole load of life experiences, and pretty much everything would be determined by how things played out.
OkI'mdone.
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Justmecoconut Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Superhero Glomp B
 

(Oh can you force others to here everything once you tape in to their mind. It would be a pretty cool power. You could call it “System Meltdown”.):) (Smile) 

 

Well if it was me I would probably never use my power. I'd try to get rid of them. Or find away to avoid any trouble. While protecting my mind from others probes .


From a writer stand point that not that interesting.

 

So here my thoughts on what I do. So I guess I would probably start off like that but slowly become more and more paranoid. This will cause me to sit down and try to reassess my new found powers. This would lead me to start to dig deep with in my own subconscious creating fire walls and suppressing memories in my mind. I wouldn't stop their, but rather I would continue onward to plant subliminal messages with in my own mind to force myself to become better than the state I‘m in. Once I feel that I've gotten a handle on my personal life I would move on to manipulating others. I would start off with little animals. I’d read animals minds then start controlling them to do special task. I’d do this till they become the equivalent to a “slave pet”. This means I wouldn't have to manipulate them to do thing, but I could control them by my voice alone and have them do complex task. After that I would plant thoughts in people minds and I would do it till they think it something coming from their own subconscious. All in good fun of course to see how far my power could span.

 

Being that there our people out there with stronger minds or wills then my own I’d have to make a safety measure. I’d create a small suppress bundle of thoughts of all the bad things that I have done or have been done to me. This would be like a small bomb hind in my mind, which I could use to upload it in to people to shut them down due to a system overload. In other word either they will enter a coma or have a serve migraine.I think I've fainted.So if they try to enter into my mind their mind will be smash first. It would be my last defense of course.

 

By this time I would slowly become more and more insane. So either I would wrestle with my own insanity or accept it or have it consume me. My insanity probably would manifest it self in a form of an alter ego. This new being would be impositions of all my bad traits and all of my good traits use for all the bad reasons. Other then that I would probably join the department of defends that deals with my kind. All for the purpose of understanding the system from the inside out and later control the department. Then I’d move on to politic then slowly taking over the world. I would of course have to a mass a powerful syndicate of telepathic people because the different political parties have a bunch of them.The Yakuza  I would then start a project that would help me increase my own power while blocking out other people. While doing all that I would start a secret a cult so I can send out my hit man to do my binding. The “Slave pet” would be apart of that group. Also if any found out what my powers were I'd have them assassinated.Giggle 

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scifinina Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013
I have decided (after some debate) to answer your prompt in a storybook like fashion. Before we start, though, we shall let you know my general character. I am a reserved person who has 3 main "character settings" : happy (when I'm happy i mean Super happy like I'm crazy), intense/mean, and thoughtful. Some people say that I do not consider others enough in my daily life, like subconsciously giving people mean looks (:sad: I really don't mean to...!).
now for the answers:
I would work for the secret part of the government, like CIA or FBI (they must actually use mind bending in the gov. somewhere, right?). Once getting a thorough education in a related subject (like psychology) I would find a secret org./school to get training for my powers so that I can be able to function at my full potential. Once getting a spot in the gov. i would work my way up and be the right hand of someone important (not directly to the prez but someone important to someone important to the prez so that he doesn't know my face.) and influential. Doing jobs for the gov. would allow me a bit of slack with useing my powers so that if i did something illegal i could be let off the hook. I would eventually become more detached to the people around me because i would tell no one of my powers.

if you need any clarification on my ideas on a certain subject related to this, just read 'death note' (manga) and that would be what i would do! (if you haven't already)
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SonicXFan13 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
You know, this is a deep question.  You would think you would want to know the minds of everyone around you, but it is a double-egged sword.  I can spit out any answer that comes to mind but I do not know exactly what I would do in a situation unless it happened to me.  I do know that I probably wouldn't use Mind Bending on many people...only criminals and people I really wanted to know the minds of.  I wouldn't take the criminal route, but rather try and team up with the government with my special ability.  I know it is against the law, but there are always exceptions...for instance, Batman and Robin get to fight people but it's against the law to hurt people without necessary reason.  Also, I would hide myself from the public when I did Mind Bend by sitting on a bench or something and pretending to be reading a newspaper.  If I did need to look directly at someone for Mind Bending, I would make myself hidden from their sight.  If I somehow did become an outlaw, I would try and manipulate the minds of the people arresting me, one person at a time.  If a mind was stronger than mine, I could be able to tell they were probably just as worthy of being an outlaw as I was, so I could turn the tables and become a hero again.  Here is sort of what I'm thinking:

I walk down an alley with my eyes swerving in all directions.  I'm not worried about the government agencies who would normally punish someone like me...I have allied with them in previous years.  What I am scared of is that I'll miss the target I have been searching for as long as I can remember.  I have a gift of controlling the mind, but it won't help me in this case.  This man's mind is like the punch of a boxer.  Strong, mighty.  It makes my will look as weak as a twig.  He may be strong, but like I said I have the police and the government on my side.  As I think of my past, I notice a suspicious man in a fedora that covers half his face.  Although the criminal doesn't look like this that I have seen, I know that the man I am looking for has a strong enough mind to change his physical appearance...in more than just clothing.

And more stuff along those lines...unless I was against the government in which case it would go something more like this:

My eyes seem to swivel in every direction.  I am being very cautious, trying not to cause attention to myself, although I may be doing just that.  You see,  just a few days ago my stretch as a heroine abruptly turned to criminal.  I don't know what changed.  All I know is that the law is not on my side.
I wish I had eyes in the back of my head, because in all the directions I managed to look I did not manage to look behind me.  I felt a strong grasp on my right shoulder.  I jumped high up in my surprise.  I was roughly turned around by the strong hand that I now realized was the General of the army.  I didn't know I was so outlawed as to be chased by the General himself, but I did know I had to shove respect to the side for a minute or two.  When I had looked at the two soldiers on either side of me, I turned my eyes to the General. "Hello Mister General." I said with as confident a voice as I could muster, "I think you might have the wrong person."
"Soldiers, give me a moment alone with this...insolent criminal." the General replied.  The two soldiers that had before surrounded me quickly ran in a direction, to where I didn't pay attention to.
"So, why do you THINK I am chasing you?" The General asked me.
"I don't know, sir." I said with a fakingly-innoscent voice.  I slowly moved my eyes to the eyes of the General, trying not to arise suspicion.
"Well," the General said, his eyes moving towards mine, as I had planned, "you should know by now after all of the warning you have been told."
'The warnings you have been given?' The words rang through my mind like a bell as I, although it was not apparent to me in my wonder, stared the General in the eye. 'What warnings?' The General fixated his eyes on mine and I realized that I had just messed up my chance of escape...
“You just did it.”
“Did what?” I said with that fake innocent voice again.
The General just raised his weapon and pointed it at me.  His hand were on the trigger and he was surely ready to shoot me for my disobedience.  'Drop the weapon' my mind told his.  He threw the weapon on the ground like a dog does with a toy.  'Now run.'  He ran, but I saw him start turning back very quickly.  'Now forget.'  I quickly added.  I hopped in a trash can for cover, but kept the top a tiny bit open so I could hear any more conversation and make sure he had truly forgotten.
“Now where's the criminal?  We have to find her.” I heard the General say.
“We just saw her.” said what seemed to be one of the soldiers.  He had a confused tone.
“No we didn't.” the General said.
“Yes sir?” said what sounded like a different one of the soldiers.
“What did you say?” the General asked.
“Yes sir!” both of the soldiers said at the same time.
I was giggling in my stinky hiding spot.

Just ideas.
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Scarlet-Wings-Kaili Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Student

Yay, finally time to answer this question! <3. Been using this as motivation to get work done lol.

Been thinking about this one for a while, but I think that different characters will have different lives and each person will have many sides of them. As a story freak, I can't pick one definite answer. So......... MUAHAHAHA, this is what I would do if I was several characters, (so it's in first person)

 

As a "Dark" Artist:

If art was the medium of the message, then I would do anything to create that Art. It has been a while since I have used my power, but the time is ripe for the final show. As I walk down an dark ally, with the moon leading my trail, I wonder what had brought me to this stage. Strange, I was against this in the beginning, but actions speak louder than words but only when actions are seen. I guess that is why I decided I needed a bigger stage. Will I be caught and punished? Probably. I am fine with that though. The one laughing in the end will be me. 

I put my heavy baggage down to take a breath, although I do not have much time. I have planned for the show for years, where justice will finally obtained for the millions without a voice, but for some reason, my heart feels heavy of dread and pain. Was this revenge or justice? There was no clear line anymore. But I can't live how I lived before anymore. I don't want to be shut away, powerless in an attic in a forgotten cottage far away. Something has to be done, or I will never be able to face myself. 

Funny, I'd used to think this power that I had was a curse. Now I don't know what it is. Control another's mind or be controlled. Did it always have to be like that? 

Ding Dong Ding Dong Ding Dong.... Ding Dong. 

It is 12 now, I must move. I heave my baggage over my shoulder and walk up the steps to the government building. 

"Excuse me, I am a lost traveler," I say to the guard, "May I ask where I get to May-field Hotel?" 

"Um, it's down..." the guard begins and will him to get a map, "I'll go get you a map. Wait here please." 

After he leaves, I turn to the last remaining guard. Move. My eyes tell him; I control his movements like a doll. I enter the government building and look back at the last guard before hell again. Now forget. 

 

...... I don't know the context of the story so I just made that up and didn't go into too much detail. 

 

As a Government agent:

 

For the country I serve, and the country will serve me. Now who is the master? The truth is both thinks it is the master but no one actually is. Which side am I on? The government, it is the more powerful of the two, providing that I keep the people calm and "happy". Happiness, is such a strange thing. Sometimes I regret it though. But never-mind that, I owe the government my service, after all they are the ones that pardoned me for my crimes and allowed for me to live. 

"Hey, Lian [random name] put your feet back on the ground and get to work!" Boss's irately voice buzzed in my earpiece. 

"How annoying," I mutter to myself and stare at the endless work behind my feet.

Buzz “Lian, never mind!” Buzz  “You have a job. Check your email.” Buzz *Boss out.

I open my email and grab a mind-bending deterring gun. I pop a couple pieces of gum into my mouth and head to the street with my coat over my shoulder.

It never made sense to me. I mean the secret jobs I do. It’s nothing more than an eye for an eye and the irony haunts me… mind bending in order to punish mind bending…

I guess I never learn. I laugh bitterly.

For the country I will serve.

 

As an outcast:

It’s quiet today. As usual. I like silence and peace so I don’t mind. I can’t stand the city, so I move into the most isolated place I can find. It’s so much better when I wasn’t tempted to use my powers. Why do I even have them? Why do people have them? Those powers can’t do anything but harm!  I sip my tea. Peace, peace, I tell myself. Never again do I have to worry about the problems of others, I can live in my own world, my own interpretation.  I will have as little to do with others as much as possible. Although I have to admit… it is a little lonely sometimes.

Oh well, I am good at being lonely. As I open the door of my house lost within mountains and forests, sunlight blinds my eyes for a few seconds. It’s a good day to be doomed, I think as I check my vegetable. Guess it’s snow-pea soup today

 

 

As a dealer

Money.  It’s all about the money. If I can get my hands on money, I will do the job. Those little government scums think they can catch me, but I am uncatchable. I don’t live underground. I AM THE UNDERGROUND! I smile as I enter a coffee shop. “One black coffee please, extra strong,” I lean against the counter smirking at the cashier.

“Right away sir…”

I scan the café as I wait for the coffee. Where is my target? Ah, over there, sitting alone in the corner. I roll my eyes, this is almost too easy.

Or it seems.

Holding the coffee in my left hand I walk towards the target. As I approach him I fake trip.

“Oh, I’m sorry”, I smile at the target, “Why don’t I buy you a new coat after I ruined the one I just ruined?” I do not give him the option to refuse, “Follow me.” The game is on.

As I lead him into a dark alley, I search his mind for what I need. “Yo,” I turn to him, “I changed my mind, reach into your right pocket and hold out that item with the dragon engravings.”

He does that, just in time when my mind bending breaks from his mind. “Too late,” I grin heartlessly with the item in my hand as the target pulls out the mind-bending deterring gun, “I’ll see you later!” I disappear in a fury of smoke.

“I am the underground”

 

XD XD XD I have so many characters but I think this is getting too long so I’ll leave it at this….

So fun thou XD

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kkslidershreds Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013
well to be as honest as i can... i would constantly struggle to be using my powers for my own purposes or for what is right. of course i have always had delusions of power and in most i see myself using my ability's (not selfishly) but just for myself and not getting involved in helping others too much... but despite that in a more realistic situation i would try to use them for good. sorry for not being as informative as possible but i'm just giving my opinion... did i even get it right... :P
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BosqueAzul Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Student General Artist
I woke up with the sun on my face. As always since I left home, first thing is to check that everything is in place in my bags and pockets. While I was checking the last items, the first thoughts began to invade my mind: simple, elementary, basic processes of small brains...
An eagle that flies over the mountain, a fox howling in the distance, a mole sneaking into a narrow hole. I let myself fill with the stream of others feelings.
Somehow, it results quite smooth and tranquilizing after the incomprehensible madness of human minds, back in the city.
I take a moment to remove the strings of fear that still tangled the thoughts of that little animal under ground, but not enough for him to decide to come out yet. Though it’s far away now, the eagle hasn’t given up on the search.

It’s my tenth day in the mountains. I make sure the coals aren’t smoking anymore and I am preparing to leave, when I notice something with a sudden shiver. I focus on the eagle's tiny blue mind up there and forced it to turn in the direction that interests me. And yes, there they are: humans. My persecutors are faster than I’ve expected. I released the bird and turn myself off completely. Focalize on my basic instincts and try to think as little as possible, mingling in the psychic tangle of trees, plants and animals. With luck, they won’t spot my presence.
Running. Branches scratching my face. The smell of wet earth. Rays of sun that slip between the leaves. The mud on my feet. All that exists for me while I'm trying to increase the distance between them and me.

It is dusk when I stop to catch my breath. I am hungry and it’s cold here by the river. I don’t really care about that and dive my head into the icy water. Wash my arms and hands, and stay still for a moment.
Slowly expand my field, hesitantly, trying to perceive in some close minds signals of abnormal presences in the forest. I’m glad to know that the only presence that disturbs the place is my own.
I don’t have a lot of supplies, and a fire is more than I'm willing to expose myself. So I chew on my last cookies, already hard and funcy.
They'll never catch me again.

Well, that was fun!
Sorry for my english, hope not too much big mistakes
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Intriguing
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Icerz Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Professional Artist
I think it would be crazy and possibly pretty cool to know what everyone is thinking.

For the most part I believe myself to be a good person and do the right things.
I would use my powers to help the poor, kinda like a modern RobinHood. Any crime around my location I would try to assist.. Kinda like the Incredibles when it became illegal to save/help people but they still helped only incognito.  

With people knowing I had these powers.. I would vow to them that I only use my powers for good. It would be like I am a Superhero in the shadows since it is illegal by law.

 


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EccentricTeatime Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This sounds fun! I love creative exercises.

Firstly, I'd think my abilities were wrong and evil because I'm breaking the law and violating peoples' minds. However, since the gift is a part of me, I wouldn't be capable of resisting seeing how far I can go with the gift and learning my limitations; I'd be very subtle about it because I myself sometimes would doubt I had the power until I used it. I'd find a thrill and an escape from a corrupt culture by using my supernatural abilities.
   Then I'd begin to think I might have been given this gift not as a curse, but as a gift from God, and I'd begin to think I was chosen and meant to do something with it. I'd find and gather others like me, being a support system for those who feel they are evil for having such an illegal gift; by nature I'd be trusting of those like me, and also I'd feel I'm indestructible because I'm so badass they could never take me down if they tried.    Because of my arrogance I'd develop a God complex and be betrayed by a member of my underground group, who'd expose me publicly to the government. I'd go on the lam and live life on the fringes of society, learning to be truly humble and use my gift for others and not for my own benefit; I'd spend years trying to help the homeless and destitute, the outcast and isolated, garnering a good reputation for myself.
   People with a gift like me would hear about me and be drawn to me, and together we'd try to change the living situation of the destitute - we'd become vigilantes, using our illegal powers to better peoples lives. The government would find out and try to stop us, and together we'd try to overthrow the government; by this point I'd be so serving of the community that I'd be willing to die for the cause of helping them. If we succeeded in overthrowing them, I would not become the new ruler, instead appointing someone I trust and returning to help those in need.
   As to how I'd deal with people who are close to me who know I have these powers? If they were bothered by it, I'd hide my insecurities behind a superiority complex and pretend I couldn't care less what they thought of me, isolating myself from the worries of those around me.
I know, healthy, right?
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Kelmuun Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
First of all I would try to find other people "like me", expecting that I can not read their minds.

Because if you can read the mind of almost everybody you have one problem.
You will recognize that lies, half-truths and such things are a basement of social contact.
You need lies, people need lies.
Not because they are stupid but just because the radical truth is usually something -NOBODY- wants to hear.

Think about it. 
"Do I look good in that dress?"
"What are you thinking about?"
"Do you have time?"

You would know that the person may not care about the dress you wear, or even worth that the person - even if he/she says you look great - actually thinks you look awful.
You would see that the person is just thinking about how good it would be now to be together with another person.
You would now that the person just doesn't want to spend time with you at the moment. 

In the end, all of this is quite natural - and the easiest and best way to handle this are lies.
Lies are important.
And if you got the power of mind reading the temptation of reading minds is way to big.
As Oscar Wild said:
"I can resist everything but temptation."


What I would use my abilitie of "mindbending" for?
well, instead of using it on other people I would use it on myself. I would force myself to do things, to become better. It would be the ultimate way to change yourself. To become something greater.

And then? I don't know what the "future me" in this scenario would do - because it would have changed.
To insanity?
I don't know.
I would probably discover myself first - and that could take some time.

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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So wouldn't a person become distrusting of mankind, knowing almost everything is based on lies?
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Kelmuun Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, there is an almost.
I guess you would have to learn to deal with it or, as you said, become distrusting of mankind.
Or you get rid of your "gift".
Have you ever seen "watchmen" or read the graphic novel?
You should take a look at Dr. Manhatten there, I think you gould get a lot out of that.
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aWay-with-knives Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Student General Artist

there is no such thing as the supernatural. only the metaphysical, which can be physically-appropriated.

 

 

 

an old man tried to comb my dready-parts out, because you misunderstood this principle

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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Supernatural, compared to this world
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aWay-with-knives Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Student General Artist

there is no such thing as the supernatural. only the metaphysical, which can be physically-appropriated.

 

 

 

an old man tried to comb my dready-parts out, because you misunderstood this principle

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Shiroune Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I would probably play as the invisible therapist. I could probe somebody's thoughts and then try to turn their life around without them knowing I did anything for them.
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DarkLucarioWarrior Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I would be experimenting these powers,I would try to use them to full extent and go beyond.Let's just say say I would be some kind o fscientist butthe government is trying to stop me because what I'm doing is illegal.I would then run away taking my research along and then............................................................................................................................................................................................................................ . .I'm out of ideas :sweatdrop:
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Fay-13 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013   Traditional Artist
Me on my own personality would most likely be pulled into depression of some sense because I could see everyones sadness and horror yet then I would also be able to truly see peoples joy and happiness but I think the sadness would rule to the piont of driving myself into the thoughts of myself as a beast chained by despair
Bending minds would probably make it so that I myself would never let anyone see my true self and make me turn less and less like how I was before and through that slowly loose myself more and more
Not believing in myself enough I would naturally assume my mind power is weaker than basically everyone around me and I would cut myself off from 'trust'
I would probably attempt to hide myself so much i would get drunk with the use of my powers causing my own insanity
Then I would get careless after that point not caring anymore and get caught mind bending by someone get reported by the police attempt to fight then get thrown in some mental physility

Thank you for reading this
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YamiBloodshedBakura Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist
Personal thoughts? Well...I'll just generalize a bit >w> Though I doubt that a thirteen year old with no real knowledge of the English language would prove to be a useful asset in these kind of things XD

Alright...

Of course, most of the time (without proper knowledge of it) what comes to mind in most human beings is the feeling that you have the power to do things that most people can't. The thought that the privilege might just be yours and yours alone. The thought that you are somewhat different than them, somewhat better-higher-superior than them, crosses your mind.

Their next move after the discoveries would probably vary. Some give in, some don't. Some have more will power to refrain from using it for fear that it may cost them (better safe than sorry), others have little to no qualm about using them. But if there's one thing in common is that, in the end, no matter how little it was, they'll be enticed by it at one point of their lives. Perhaps you'll be hesitant at first, gradually building up the courage to just have a little taste. Whether careful or not, you just want a nibble of the cake. You promise yourself that you won't do it again.

As you gain more knowledge about this unique ability of yours, more experience involving said powers, the paranoia starts to set in more and more (if you have a healthy moral. People with little regards to social norms and morals or those who holds themselves a little to high). How many people knew or possessed this talent? What if people are reading your mind at this very instant? Was the knowledge you have of other people a lie? Are you really safe? Who to trust and who not to? Never mind that, how would you know who to trust? Questions would plague your mind, for with the knowledge you gain there's a hefty price to be paid.

The results may vary, each being influenced by one's sense of self and their spiritual and mental state. Their desires, their confidence, their morals, their point of views. But perhaps this ability might help in bringing out the best or worst in each of them. Some sort of trigger for what lies under the exterior. Or perhaps it's just the one push they needed to truly be themselves. To be one with their true self while holding their head up high, whether their 'true self' really is good in nature or not. After all, none of us are inherently good or bad, and there's always a gray area in everything. The world would be boring and meaningless if it's all black and white.

For example (this is only the first few that come to the top of my head. I have plenty of thoughts on this subject but lack the ability to put them into words):
:bulletblack: One with little to no confidence in themselves would most likely push other people away. Worry, fear, insecurity, and loneliness (among other things) would jumble up, get tangled up with one another, until they can't even distinguish one from the other. The responsibility that is thrust upon them is just too much for them to take, they never wanted this, they never asked for this. This may just push them into depression or drag them deep into the brink of madness, whether their supports are ridden from them gradually or instantly. Or maybe this would push them to the limit, help them find their way and get a grip on things when, in normal circumstances, they'd rather stay in the sanctuary that is their comfort zone.
:bulletblack: On the other hand, one that holds themselves in much higher regards would use this to their advantage. Depending on their level of selflessness, they would either be consumed by greed and lust for whatever they desire or may actually develop a sense of empathy.
:bulletblack: People with little will power, lacking the will to work their way through a problem, would see this as an instant way out. One outcome from this is that once they realize that everything had a price to pay, and find the will to make a change in themselves and their way of thinking.

In order to wield these powers properly, one would need an amazing amount of will power, sense of self, mental strength, and knowledge. Make sure to keep the amount of people who are aware of your powers to be as little as possible. If you truly want to use it to defend what you belief is right, then don't let anything waver your view of things. Only hold what you believe is truly right. After all, "We live not to understand, but to feel."

Without the proper requirements users of this power will most likely be driven insane. Literally.

Long story short, it varies from each individual.
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13eing Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
If someone grows up just having these kinds of abilities then that means from a very young age they could manipulate people and get pretty much anything that they want. The power would most likely corrupt the person.

Because of the limitations and risks of the mind bending ability it should be considered a last resort, and the target should be researched carefully so when control is taken they do not act abnormally and cause suspicion. Having the target conveniently disappear or have a tragic "accident" after you set them loose would make sure that there is little evidence unless you also have the ability to make it so they don't remember being controlled, which means you possibly have some form of memory manipulation but that was not mentioned so I'm going to assume you do not.

Having a career that makes use of your abilities while at the same time giving a cover for your level of knowledge would be useful. A career in espionage or surveillance would fit the bill, and would let you keep tabs on your enemies, even if they are your co-workers. 

Possessing the power to read minds alone gives an incredible advantage in almost any situation. To know what people are thinking means that even if their mind is too powerful to read then you know who to be wary of. You will also know how people view you as a person, which you can use to make you seem unsuspicious. Or you could use your abilities to create some incredible ruse to make everyone think your some genius that's always two steps ahead because you're so smart. Even without mind bending you could easily manipulate people to your advantage. I'm not talking about blackmail either, though that would be a piece of cake.

I think that's all I have, at least for the evil and/or anti-hero route. :shrug: I hope it's helpfull
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
from a very young age they could manipulate people and get pretty much anything that they want. The power would most likely corrupt the person.
Because of the limitations and risks of the mind bending ability it should be considered a last resort

I found these 2 things pretty contradicting. If one grew up with this kind of powers, wouldn't one become confident with it?

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 Yes, I believe they would become very confident in their abilities. But I also believe that choosing to mind bend as a last resort would not be an act of weakness or because they are afraid.
 I imagine this person would become very conceited over time. Why waste power and risk being caught if it's not something important, especially if it's something you could accomplish by other means? It would be beneath them to use this special gift that makes them something so much more so easily. 
 It would be like a secret trump card that is only used when the situation calls for it. Like a child suddenly changing the rules when they are about to lose a game. If anything, it would be an act of overconfidence because they trust in the ability to mind bend to get them out of tight situations.
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Hiroim Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
Its obvious that I woun´t need to use this power to become richer, because I can make people give me what I want just asking them "kindly". Then maybe this ability could be used as a tool of power, to become a person of influence and obtain control of the actions of the influent people. Knowing that there are people that can track my power, I would have to use it the less as possible, and instead of making important people do as I want, I would read their minds to discover their most private secrets and use it against them. That would give me control of them without using my "mind control" ability. Also my real identity must be a secret for everyone, not only for the people I´m blackmailing, but for everyone who could discover someone is becoming powerful thanks to those I´m blackmailing, so i would need some alias, some fictional identity to protect myself, and also avoid any direct contact with the people who are "helping" me in my search of power. Its important to remember there are people with my same power outside and stronger tahn me, so I would have to find the way to become stronger myself. Maybe training and "experimenting" with my power in others to find my limits, maybe find someone who can help me to become stronger. That last one is a dangerous idea because would mean exposing my condition to someone else, and if that person has the same power I have and is stronger I wouldn´t be able to read his/her mind and trust him/her.
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At first, there would be euphoria, discovering that kind of power. The adrenaline pumping through your system as you begin to realize your potential. The things you could HAVE, the things you could DO.
But then, the paranoia starts to set in.
You have a hidden ability which is illegal. Does anyone know that you have it? Is there someone listening to your thoughts this very instant? Could you be exposed? Are you safe?
You tell yourself that you'll be careful, that you won't be noticed. You avoid using it as much as possible. In fact, you'll NEVER use it...
There's even the possibility that you are in fact being manipulated into thinking that you have this ability. And if it were true, by whom? The authorities, trying to see if you are a "loyal citizen", or a criminal sadistically having fun at your expense?
Eventually, after a while, your confidence builds up.
Still being careful, you start to think that maybe nobody knows, that you are under the radar, that you're safe.... that you ARE in control.
And so, the temptation to... "try it out" starts to take over.
You notice someone's acting a bit strange, maybe a little shifty, you think they might be lying about something...
Maybe you think that your girlfriend/boyfriend might be cheating on you or that maybe they didn't lose your parcel by accident at the post office.
And so you... take a little peek inside their mind.
A small bite, a little nibble of the cake that is the ability you hold in your grasp.
A mind-read here, an involuntary-action there... The temptation of using your power becomes greater after each usage.
In the end, it starts to become second nature. Oh, you're still careful not to get noticed and you don't do anything that could get anyone's attention.
But then something will happen that will change your world.
Something that might convince you to use your power for good, or for worse, or even something that will get you into reaaal trouble.
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Atador32 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013
DamaiMikaz, this proposal of yours has been such a terrific idea! I'm impressed not just by the number of persons who have contributed, but the quality of most of them. Really creative! You have unleashed a power here, you know. :)
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xxxKamikaze Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013
I would probably become a recluse, hide away from people. That way I wouldn't have to bear the responsibility. But then again, a responsibility like that is one you can never escape. Even if your all alone, in the end your responsible for the fact that you never did anything. But to go out and push yourself to try and escape the guilt is pointless as well. It's like the saying " You have been given the blessing of a burden.", as you will have a purpose, but you yourself must find out your purpose and how to use it. It really depends on the person. For an evil person, they might try to hide their actions, but perhaps for a seemingly innocent reason, and that would be their purpose. Or a good person doing evil things, for their purpose. But in the end, whichever you are, it's the same thing. The best thing you could do would disappear, before you could actually hurt anyone. That ends with you hurting yourself, and you would most likely descend into madness, all alone (which could potentially hurt other people as well). Or you could try to do things for the world, and end up hurting other people (which would probably lead back to you as well). How would I live my life? What would I do? I don't know. I don't think we're supposed to know, or else we would know already. It depends on your character. How do they feel? On an everyday basis, what is their life like? Do they usually feel happy or sad? This will pave out a course. Anything you do? It'll change EVERYTHING. And there's nothing we can do about it. Whether or not you'll be dead or alive tomorrow, everything will change in fascinating ways for every person , every little cell will vibrate, everyone's ears will be open, and then suddenly it's tomorrow. 

I'm sorry, but I don't know what I'm saying anymore. I too far in. Everything would become colours and I would explode. 
All your actions could be applied to this :

It would be a mistake to call it a regret and I would regret calling it a mistake.

And that would be it. No more. There would be no more.
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AdaStreet Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
I'm not entirely sure how I would use my powers... but perhaps I would go around anonymously seeding ideas into people's brains, making them think that they thought of it themselves. I would use it for things like giving people subtle clues as to how they could solve serious problems that they might not be willing to listen to other people's ideas about. People who really need help finding solutions to things but are unwilling to recognize they have problems or unwilling to ask for or accept help. (or not-so-subtle hints if the person and situation required it)

A scant few examples:

1. Someone is mean to their family... who doesn't see themself as abusive because they don't beat them and they try to do their duty as a responsible parent and spouse. But they don't listen to their children's or spouse's opinions or needs and don't consider how they are being insensitive and how the extreme to which they take it is a kind of emotional abuse. I would seek opportunities to push this person to stop and consider the feelings of their family members and to listen to them more than bossing them around, to ask them about their day more than they gripe about their own. I would try to lead such a person to consider it in their own best interest to make their family members happy and earn their unconditional love and support rather than demanding absolute obedience like a dictator.

2. A person in charge of a company who will do anything for a quick profit, even if it means demoralizing their employees and shortchanging their customers, and even if it is by destructive and/or unlawful means. I'd try and seed the idea into their head that it is best to use means that will be profitable in the long run, such as earning customer loyalty instead of cheating them, or earning employees' respect so they will take pride in their work and be more motivated to do their best, and to get them to see how easily they could be caught or have their company sued or shut down for doing things that are illegal or damaging or dangerous.

3. Any person who is having severe difficulty with a dilemma that they can't find the solution to, such as someone who doesn't know why they are constantly having communication breakdowns/failures at work and home and among the few friends they have, who has a specific communication problem or bad habit that they aren't even able to see... who could be benefited by a small hint making them realize where the problem lies.
Also people who need a little encouragement and inspiration to find their own solution to a difficult problem, who just need a nudge to consider looking at the problem from a different perspective or in a different way or with a more positive outlook in order to be able to find the best solution.

It would likely be tempting to start believing I could solve everyone's problems by just telling them what to do, but for my own good I'd have to remind myself that A: I will go insane if I become obsessed with using my powers all the time for every little thing that everyone I come across needs help with, and B: That I need to avoid becoming a power-crazy control freak and not assume that I know what's best for everyone. I'd have to always remind myself to stick to things that honestly matter a lot and will help people, and only through helping people see or understand things better than before without actually forcing them to change or do what I say. The idea would be to bring out the best qualities and positive uniqueness in others instead of re-shaping them to fit a mold made from my own personal bias.

If I took this path with my powers and managed to keep myself from going insane or getting power-hungry, I would also try (if possible) to become mentally as strong as I can so that no one would be able to control me and make me use my powers for evil... and also because I would expect that at some point I would come across someone else who might have the same kind of powers as me and also using them to put ideas into people's heads but who is using it for selfish and corrupt power-seeking purposes, such as forcing their bosses to give them promotions again and again until they can reach the top of a large company or high political status and in the process also making everyone around them feel worse about themselves just to make themselves look better by comparison and make others idolize them and do whatever they say even when they're not using their powers. I would try to be as strong as I can so that if I ever came across someone like that, they would not be able to affect me and that I would be able to either influence them for good or help the people around them not be as badly affected by them in negative ways.

Actually...... I am now imagining a what-if scenario in this world... of someone who has good motives but is caught putting ideas into other peoples' heads via mind-bending... and someone in law enforcement makes a deal with them that in order to avoid getting the full punishment for use of mind-bending powers, they must swear off using their powers to influence others (even for positive motives) and instead must use their abilities to identify and help apprehend people who are suspected of using mind-bending for seriously evil purposes. Part of the deal is that they are only allowed to read the thoughts of specific suspects to determine if they are mentally influencing others to gain power or make others do illegal things or otherwise hurt or damage themselves... that kind of thing.
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NKOSI-Publishing Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
By the responses, this was a very EPIC question. Good job. I must think on what I'd do.
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PrinzGwalchavad Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013
Nice, let's say I actually *do* have supernatural powers.
Trusting would be nigh impossible since those with higher mental skill can deceive me to gain my trust and manipulate me. I'd only bend the thoughts of some people making laws, to change laws in my favour, so anything I want to do will not be illegal. Since it will have a legal loophole that the people I manipulated through their thoughts and mine, won't know about.
EX: I have them make racial powers legal, and then reveal to be of an ancient race they didn't know about, where killing people with my mind is a racial ability. Which will be legal the same way them killing people with guns is legal. Except I won't be using guns thanks to my racial ability.
Then I'd use the other loopholes to form a special aristocratic elite of these ancient races, with powers I will awaken in them using my racial powers. Then I'd use more loopholes to secretly invade other countries to the point we create wars that will destroy either government. If the country's government is destroyed, then we'll manipulate the soldiers of their army to destroy the other country's govt. also, so either way the laws against mind powers will be useless in containing my Master Plan.

The aristocracy will then use their mental powers to restore peace in both countries or all the countries engaged in that war, and promise an age of peace, during which the criminals will be brainwashed into becoming slaves so crime will dissappear. Then I'll spread propaganda that the former gvmnts were evil part of some world conspiracy that payed mercenaries to do criminal acts to terrorize it's citizens, by posing as "criminals". Say that crime doesn't exist and all criminals were mercenaries of evil former governments, and rally them to "save the World" of evil criminal governments and their terrorist against disguised as "crimes", and arm them for the purpose of dominating the entire known world.

Or rather, liberating them from governments that are scared of mental powers enough to ban them. Then I'd say people without mind powers cannot lead, they are meant to be independent but haven't the insight to meddle in other people's lives. I'd increase the privacy & intimacy lives, to the point there will be no more society, and everyone will be divided into castes. Which will be easier to control and predict since the laws will be shaping their evolution enough to make them harmless to destroy other people's evolution.

But all of this is impossible because I'm insane. And in your scenario lunatics cannot use their mind powers. *le tear*
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Revlyn Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Student General Artist
Difficult question! But when I read your Emion stories, I've had this question in my mind as well haha.

I honestly think this would drive someone (or me) to insanity. Too much power makes a human go crazy while his/ her powers. Of course, that's not always the case (for people with less skilled powers), but using special powers to your advantage gets more and more attractive to do. Maybe, at first you'll rarely use your power, than use it more until the government finds out. This will just happen, wether you like it or not, you just can't stop using your powers because you're attached to it and start depending on your powers right? It's like drugs (I guess). And of course, the government will try to stop you, but you will rebel because you will feel useless without your power, you don't want to lose it. That's what will drive you to insanity. All you think you need is the power you have, no more family, friends or whatever.

A long comment, sorry hahaha... But I look at it in this way. When you would be bending with water, all the Avatar stuff, I think you'll become less insane because you can't manipulate someone. Of course you'll still use your powers to your advantage, just imagine a rock or even a mountain is blocking your way. You'll feel really awesome if you can destroy it with your rock bending powers :D

So, I will become a person who will be like a drug addition, but I'm addicted to the powers I have, ant that's all I will rely on. I honestly think almost everyone will go to this path, but not everyone will admit it!
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like the drug addiction concept :)
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BloodyPi Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013
Thinking back about it, I did just finish an anime about telepathic powers.

The first five minutes gives a plausible even that may occur if one were born with telepathy. And of course, if their writer is a troll.

THIS IS A TOTALLY HAPPY AND FUNNY ANIME THAT WILL NOT MAKE YOU CRY!
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BloodyPi Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013
*event
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louisechoy Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013

Well this is an imagination world like the Earth in reality, but with some difference.

They have two groups of people: Normal people and "Next", a group of people with different superpowers

Although the Next can live like a normal people and bounded by the normal law, but some people don't like them and will actually do harm to them

There is a special job for them: "Eliminators", a special unit direct to the government, only for those who have superpowers ( they have to go through a bunch of tests first)

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" Let the game starts..."

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I am Inoha, aged 18 24, American people with Brownish Black hair, speaks English with no accents at all, no hobbies, no favourites, no special skills, no full job, live in a small apartment my parents left for me... yep, that's all, nothing special about me. I am a really normal people with a normal life. Yes, its real! Please believe me! I am not lying you know! Huh? What? This contest (?) is about someone with a superpower? NG? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO-------

 

Fine, NG that is. I give up.

 

I am Inoha, aged 42, no, 24... sorry, American people with Brownish Black hair, speaks English accents with Indian accent (?) at all, have hobbies ( playing video games), have a full job of doing a civil server, living in a small apartment my parents left for me... Something like that, yep, that's my self introduction. Wait, what? Special skills? Alright, I will tell you later in my story, just wait and see. ( Too lazy to continue to write... Sleep a while before I continue please, huh? Keep sleeping? ( keep going) Ok, I will try my best to sleep! Thank you for reading my self introduction! I will continue later! ( 30 seconds before the deadline)

 

 

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JPRisFinal Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Given that much power to a single person or to a handful of people will be catastrophic. They would most likely lead a criminal life in the beginning until bested by a stronger individual who will then employ their services. This stronger individual is probably working for an organization or a government. It's like a hacker working for an software developer. As for me I'll probably use it when I need it. People say that we (humans) do not fully use our brains. So the first thing I'll do will be to mind bend myself into fully utilizing my mind. I don't know what exactly will happen, but I love experiments. Why not make your gift a gift that keeps on giving. Some people say you'll unlock psychic powers or superhuman strength. You can probably even remove pain by manipulating part of your brain.  
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Given that much power to a single person or to a handful of people will be catastrophic
Not really, because of the limits (like insanity and such). Excessive use is not possible in any way.
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JPRisFinal Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Idk people are naturally curious. The more you tell them not to do something the more they'll do it. One will eventually find out ways to overcome the limits unless the limits are set in the laws of physics or something. Some people might even form underground criminal groups. But if it was me I'd practice the power, suppress it in public, learn how to make deadly weapons, and then go all out crazy on everything. 
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well.. there's a limit. Like your mind deteriorating when you get too much involved. You can't change that.
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VVNova Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013
Hmmm...I guess it depends on the situation on how I am living in this hypothetical world.  But if it were based on me as I am now and here in that world, I would live my life with my head low, my ears peeled, and thinking of ways to benefit from different situations.  An opportunist essentially.  So with those powers, that is if people can't detect that I am prying in their minds, I would use it to gather info.  So I'd be doing something like I am doing now in my everyday life.  And if I wanted to change anything, I would make sure the scenario is low-risk.  I'd be a good citizen, I'd believe, but I won't hesitate about turning the other way essentially if a good reason were to arise.
If I can "manipulate" people and they find out, just go dig in their head and "delete/fuzz out" how they found me out.  If it's more than one person...look at the person next to me and look at them like they did all that.  (LOL.  Like in Family Guy when Peter looked at someone and pretended they farted instead of him.)
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013933121leumassn Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Student General Artist
So basically this works a bit like a "Mind Note" using one's mental prowess and stamina. There are many ways this could be used to help/hurt/discover/reveal truths in the world and the people around us, which for many would be quite overwhelming and honestly I think many would try to "shut-off" the power when they get to a certain age. That said, suspension of reality activated somewhat. Here's a brief list of the things that I could do, that is perhaps after clarifying a few things. 

One, is there a range/distance for this power. In other words would I be able to use this power to lets say read the mind of someone on the moon right now, and would I be able to know that they were on the moon. Would I be able to see/experience what they experienced. 

Two, would having this power only work on humans, or on beings that are relatively "human" does everybody include every living thing, If so, then would I be able to understand them and finally would they know that someone's in their head. This combined with the range parameters could mean that one could use this to discover life on other planets then find a way of linking to a scientist to point us in the right direction or them to us should circumstances be good for all parties involved. 

Three, is being able to "hear" voices is this sort of like being in a crowd where the voices come at you like "white nose" If that's true then its possible to sort of "switch" between what one wants to hear and manipulate if one is careful in doing so. One could drop in a "word" here or a suggestion amid the "white nose" and could end up helping people get to know another better, or say if you walk by and you see people who look like a couple but aren't because they haven't found the words to express or know the other well enough, you could help them "share" the same thought to one another. 

Four, how does one define "insanity" is it hearing voices in your head? If that's the case, if you suddenly were just another voice, a very cunning, and persuasive voice then wouldn't you be able to control people like that fairly easily. Or take for example people with imaginary friends or those who believe a god or deity has or is communing with them, would they be under the "insane" faction, imagine all the control one could get from that, you could start up cults that all eventually come into/under one banner by just passing on "suggestions" to people like this and the rest will work itself out (a bit like Kira in death note). Only it would simply appear to be a movement based on your suggestions the movement could be one towards peace, building the world up for those who might not have much of it right now, giving them a voice. 

In all honesty I would probably, if I was strongly inclined, do things to improve and increase my mental capacity. Then use a combination of the above. That said wouldn't using your powers more be something that further increases your mental capacity and strength too. Who's to say there aren't aliens, computers, beings on this or another plane, or seemingly average day people doing this already and they're the explanation for the "hearing voices" in my head affliction, or perhaps they have a power akin to this one but can't filter it at all. Speaking of filters I would try to filter out some things and use my power less on the people around me. As it might take away some of the fun or surprise in life, doing so might cause troubles too, say a friend is having a rough time and wants to do something crazy, but appears normal on the surface. If you/I shut/filter out hearing their thoughts we would never know and might not be able to help them in time should they need help. 


3 big things you could do. 

One, as others have mentioned take over the world, but that's too much so instead try righting the world by persuading first corporate leaders to become more transparent after finally discovering for myself their secrets. Using scientists and their data to give the world and other potential life forms and beings a better look and our greatest deeds of good or ill, if/when ready. Or just as easily ruin it further. 

Two, give true voice to all the other life on earth and perhaps beyond. Plants, animals, insects, bacteria and or just getting a sense of our world from their perspective, think what the Marinas Trench is or could really be like. Or simpler a birds or bug eye view of the world, the world from atop everest or inside a volcano, is there life on/in stars and comets. Another possibility along a similar line of thought would be to relate experiences of human suffering in developing countries and around the world in the hopes that as we can finally "relate"to them we can now be more involved to helping them, or a way of getting others to relate to one another means disputes and things like war should be on their way out (hopefully). 

Three, become the biggest human "OS" communication system on the planet. Think of all the data and ways of sharing and relating ideas that could arise from this. Scientists might try to explain this mysterious activity (if you're stealthy enough) and end up coming up with their own version of all the powers you have either in bits that come together to form the first true catch all "human" OS communication system, as experiences could be related too think of all the amazing stories and the presentation of stories and how "real" they would feel as your "mind" is now the medium for communication, beyond having to use any other tool beyond one that activates that as a function in your mind. 

3 smaller things. 

One, become a love/human/guidance counsellor which works similarly to the "human comm OS" system, not to mention think of all the erm, "experience" you could gain from hearing "experiencing" others thoughts relationships, if one dug deep enough. :| (Blank Stare)

Two, blackmail enemies and or people you don't like or use it to become very well liked by those around you (even more so if you already are). :| (Blank Stare) 

Three, finally discover where in the world Carmen Sanediego really is. :P 

Biggest thing you could do with this power is to do nothing. :nod:
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
One, is there a range/distance for this power. In other words would I be able to use this power to lets say read the mind of someone on the moon right now
The range depends on training and metal capicity, but is very limited. Untrained people will only have a radius of a few meters for mind reading (let's say they need to be in the same room), and they have to look a person into the eyes in order to control them. Well trained mind benders can expand the mind reading radius to a few hunderd kilometers. The control radius is however still limited. But you can fix this by implanting ideas and fake memory's in somebody's head. You can imagine expanding the radius is dependent of mental capacity as well. You're only able to focus on so much a human being can. 

Two, would having this power only work on humans, or on beings that are relatively "human"
Mindreading works mostly on humans as animals have different consciousness. But mind control (as in: taking over the body) will work on both humans and animals.

Three, is being able to "hear" voices is this sort of like being in a crowd where the voices come at you like "white nose" If that's true then its possible to sort of "switch" between what one wants to hear and manipulate if one is careful in doing so
This also depends on training. An untrained person will hear everything and often perceive it as 'noise'. A trained person can select channels in which he wants to hear, and filter away the rest.

Four, how does one define "insanity" is it hearing voices in your head?
You're hearing people's thoughts as if they're being your own. You experience their emotions as if they were close to you. You control them in the same way you control your own thoughts. If you're not strong enough, or do it for too long... you might get trouble to differ their thoughts from your own. Hence, the insanity.


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Shineyla Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013   General Artist
This is an interesting topic, there's many different way to go with this, yes? I don't know how exactly how my life would have been changed if I had been born with a power such as this. 

Here's how I would see it:

Its starts out depending on how the parents view it, since I'm pretty naive especially when I was younger. I wouldn't have been aware that powers like that were illegal, I would have thought it was something wonderful and show it off to my parent. Would have planned to show it to my friends (cause I actually had some when I was younger |D) but then my parent would have taken my hand gently telling me never to show anyone and the seriousness of what it meant. Since my parents are kind and caring they wouldn't want the law to find out and they're the type who tell me the truth even if it is painful...especially my mother. 

From there on out I would grow-up keeping it a secret from others, but since I'm curious and like to experience new things I would practice and secret so I would be growing stronger, yes? The daily experiences would be the same, I grew up feeling isolated from others already because I've always been different. I would be even more isolated because I would be even more different, but I still care for others so I would use my powers from time to time to help them out. Like if somewhere were sad I would read their minds to help figure out what was wrong and what I could do to help them feel better, you know? 

Of course, that kind of naive will to help others even if you don't really know them could lead to trouble. I would probably end up helping the wrong person. It probably would have been a person who's job it is to seek out those with power, and rather I knew it or not I helped them. If I did know, I probably still helped them in hopes it would show them that those with power aren't all bad. I would have been good intended, but from there things would have spiraled out of control. The person who I helped would have been scared of me, and people tend to destroy what they fear so I would have been sought after; pursued. 

I was different
People fear what is different
People destroy what they fear

If they had come after me and found me out, my parent of course would tell me to run away. I couldn't be with them anymore for my own safety...but more importantly the safety of them and my siblings. As I was on my own afterwards I would be filed with regret wishing I hadn't had the power, wondering why me, and trying to figure out what exactly I was supposed to do from there.

Maybe I would meet up with others like me, who understood me and the problems I faced. Maybe in meeting them it would lead into an all out war, us agaisnt the society who made us illegal out of fear (my theory anyways). It could be a life that started out in innocence but then lead to something much more complex that would end up changing society for maybe through the efforts the group displayed those with power were no longer illegal.

Or maybe there wasn't a group at all, maybe after I got run out of my home I fled the country and created a new identify for myself. I would have lived alone and wrote for the rest of my life. Creating stories of those who were different but found a way to get society to accept them. Maybe as I lived my life alone I came across some like me and settled into a sweet romance sort of life; livign happy until I one day died of old age or whatever.

I don't know, there's many ways I could think of it. When it comes to thinking up a story a lot depends on the type of personality the character has and the what was around them as they grew up. Considering my personality, the above is what I came up with.

I hope you like it, thank you for reading~
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Kintogin Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013
oh ho...what would i do with that kind of power? 

I would change everything. I would have to start small at first. Gently put suggestions into people's minds, select the easily manipulated,  exploit their unhappiness with the world. Amass an army. Since many people have these life-energy related powers I can "persuade" them to fight for my cause. They will be my sword to cut down anyone who stands in my way. I would not be the recognized leader of this army. I would merely be a shadow behind the figurehead pulling the puppet strings. Granted I would have to select someone very charismatic and yet moldable. 

If anyone finds out what I truly am...well...I will have to eliminate them. Strategically of course. If I can make people think the one who discovered me is insane, that would suit my purposes just fine. Have them locked away in a nice padded room. Perhaps turn the blame. Tell everyone they are the mind bender and not me. It would be simple enough to convince my followers of this. A few gentle whispers into a few minds and they will handle the rest. Sadly for the one who discovered me, it is often the loudest that are heard, not the ones who are right, but that's how I operate.  I will only get my hands bloody if I absolutely must.

Cautious and calculating I must recruit with gentle suggestion so everyone thinks they are joining of their own volition. So no one suspects. As long as I watch my targets first to find the weak ones, I shouldn't have a problem with encountering anyone mentally stronger than I. 

I would take control of the land, change the rules to what I saw as fit and fair. And should I succeed, when everything is all said and done, I would simply fade into the shadows to live in the new world I created. Should the world veer off track, I will emerge again to set it straight.

Vigilante? Not quite. Evil mastermind? Perhaps, but evil is in the eye of the beholder. Some will regard me as such, others will think of me as a hero; a savior. 
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Sylvano-DRAGON Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I would probably live my life mostly as I do now... Respect people's privacy, and do my best to keep myself away from everyone else's thoughts. I would let people know that I have this power, so if they want help, I can help  them.  I'd make sure that it'd stay as a gossip, so the police doesn't come after me. Plus, I wouldn't do it if the person asking for help asked it for reasons I find are irrelevant, stuff that he/she can solve him/herself. I would not mind getting tired from helping, because HELPING gosh dang.

However, there would only be an exception where I would use my power without asking. I would do it, if the person was suicidal and trying to kill themselves, so we can talk. I'd "open their mind", or at least try to. Plus, I would also do that if the person was about to hurt another person. I'd hold the assailant back mentally.

Think that's all I can come up with
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BloodyPi Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013
Hm hm hm hm...

First, I'll use my powers to read the thoughts of the most powerful men of a country with nuclear power. Digging through their thoughts, I find some nice 'material' to blackmail them. Forcing them to keep on paying me and dumping the cash into campaigning, I'll climb up the political ladder until I am eligible to have an audience with the president.

And then I'll mind bend the president into doing my bidding. First thing's first, I'll make him threaten the entire world to bow before him by making him nuke every country in the world into submission. After that, when all the countries are oppressed by his dictatorship, I'll erase every memory in his brain and leave him to die as a thoughtless potato, after of course, signing a certain contract that makes ME the dictator of the oppressed world!

And then I'LL RULE THE FRICKIN' WORLD! Sure it's post-apocalyptic, but I have all the power I need! Everyone'll be my bitch! And no can stand up to oppose me! I won't even need my powers after that! I'll have an entire army at my beck and call! So to say, I can do whatever the hell I want! THE WORLD WILL BELONG TO ME! RAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

I'll be dancing on the ashes of what's left of the world!

TAP DANCE!

And that, my friend, is what I would do. Being a villain feels sooooo much better than being a hero.
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I admit it; I laughed :D
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IssamSolo Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013
I wished to have powers of electricty,stealth,malfunctioning,speed and invincibility. And if i would, i could force my nation to build a ultimate manga factory where i re-continue my dreampath that i walk on. There was also another dutch girl on DA who wants the same as me. But i think she has quite fun with her tablet.
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TwoToneZ Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist
I would become the new Elizabeth Báthory. Only I would be more creative and less merciful. They should not die until well after there begging for it. My sanity is insanely tenacious. But even if it did cost my sanity I would just make that sacrifice. 

But to each their own.
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