What is the worst psychological torture you can imagine suffering? Anything causing even minor physical injury should not be considered.
For me it would be any kind of annoying repetitive noise. But it would probably have to be really obnoxious. I don’t imagine a leaky faucet would be the kind of thing to get to me, but who knows, maybe it would. I know for a fact that some phrases repeated over and over make my head want to explode. For example, during my banking days I sat in training and was so annoyed with the instructor that I wanted to get up and walk out a number of times. First of all, she spoke very slowly. Not sure if that’s a Memphis thing or what. The really bad thing was that she kept saying “y’all get that?” after every other sentence. And sometimes, when we didn’t respond the way she wanted, she’d say it twice. Thankfully, we weren’t a class of talkers. Talkers have to stay in training for an extended time because some of the classmates don’t know when to shut up or stop asking stupid questions. And don’t tell me that there are no stupid questions. Sit in a bank training meeting for ten minutes and you’ll know that there are many stupid questions. But when she’d ask “y’all get that?” over and over, I just wanted to break into some kind of outburst and scream that yes, we got it. It’s not like anything in that training was new information. I was there for approximately seven hours, but I’d swear it was a week.
What tortures you on a psychological level?
*The Question of the Week can be found in The Book of Questions by Gregory Stock, Ph.D.