This page is concerned with fiction writings in which a general theme
of the writing reflects an important concept in psychology. These fiction
writings that convey important concepts in psychology can be labeled
psychology fiction. Moreover, some of the fiction writings that are
books could be labeled psychology fiction books or psychology novels.
Possible Functions of Psychology Fiction
There may be a number of possible functions of presenting important
concepts in psychology in fiction. Research may be needed to address
the validity of these ideas.
1. The concreteness and detail of a story might make it easier to
comprehend a concept. The art of communication may reflect
connecting the abstract with the concrete. Ideas or concepts may
become clearer when they are linked to specific information.
2. A story may provide a context for ideas, which might make a concept
seem more relevant or important. A story may help us to discern
situations in which a concept may apply. We need to have a clear idea
about how a concept may be beneficial and how it might explain
important phenomenon. A story may be helpful in making it clearer how
the concept is beneficial or how it can explain important phenomenon.
3. A story may help to make ideas more cogent. Providing
concreteness, detail, and context may make some concepts seem more
convincing and valid.
Psychology Fiction Books
Some of the fiction books that I would view as reflecting important
psychological concepts include the following novels:
In Skinner's novel, Walden Two, there is a description of a community
that can be viewed as utopian. The utopian novel involves a description
of the good life. The leaders of the Walden Two community would
promote acceptable behavior by use of positive reinforcement. Positive
reinforcement occurs when the likelihood of a certain behavior increases
as a result of the presentation of something pleasant after the behavior.
In Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four, a government influences and restricts
the thoughts that people have partly by reducing the words that they
have in their vocabulary. This is related to the linguistic relativity
hypothesis. The linguistic relativity hypothesis suggest that language
determines what we think. In this view, what words that we have in our
vocabulary will determine what thoughts we may have.
Brave New World
Huxley's Brave New World can be described as a dystopian novel
involving indoctrination, conditioning, and a caste society. In the second
chapter of Brave New World, there is a description of a form of
conditioning that appears to be classical conditioning. Classical
conditioning is a type of conditioning in which something (conditioned
stimulus) that had not previously produced a particular response
becomes associated with something (unconditioned stimulus) that
produces the response. As a result, the conditioned stimulus will elicit the
response that the unconditioned stimulus produces. In Chapter 2 of
Brave New World, the classical conditioning results in an unpleasant
reaction to books and flowers because of the association with electric
shock and loud noise.
A Bright Purple Sky
My book, A Bright Purple Sky, is science fiction novel that takes place
in the 29th century and contains utopian ideas. It also has some ideas
that can be viewed as psychological ideas. Some of these ideas include
integrative intelligence, empathy, the empathy neglect hypothesis, the
overthinking hypothesis, and finding meaning in life.