Torture is deliberately inflicting severe pain or suffering on someone, typically to punish, intimidate, or coerce them. Physical torture is the most common form, but it is not the only one. Many forms of psychological torture can be just as, if not more, harmful. A user asked on the forum, “What would be the worst form of torture without causing physical pain/harm?
Here are some of the responses he got!
ROOM WITHOUT WINDOWS AND LIGHTS
“Room with no windows and the lights on all the time with no clock and no watch or TV.”
SAME MEALS DURING THE DAY
“3 of the same meal a day was given together and sometimes separately, all at random intervals.”
SITTING OPPOSITE A MOUTH-CHEWING CHEWER
“Being forced to sit opposite someone who chews loudly with their mouth open.”
FEAR AS A TOOL
“Instilling intense fear into everything a person does. They will either break free of it or find a way to end life quickly. Fear is a little death that brings total obliteration.”
LIVING WITH THE FEAR OF PSYCHOSIS
“As someone dealing with Schizophrenia, I’d say use drugs to induce psychosis and drive the subject crazy. One week of it is all you need, seriously. I’ve only had one major psychotic break, but it’s traumatized me. Every day, I think about what happened and fear it might happen again.”
“Baby shark, on a 12-hour loop per day (full volume).”
IRREGULARITY IN SOLITARY CONFINEMENT
“All by yourself and a sound with no rhythm and in different lengths. It’s never the same.
Your brain searches for patterns constantly, so what happens when there is nothing else for your brain to do but to try to find a nonexistent pattern? Nothing good. It’ll drive you crazy after a while.”
“I’ve worked the night shift before. And sometimes, on weekend mornings, some units above get some renovation work done. That means hammering, drilling, and so on. Things that could vibrate the room and ears. Trying to sleep in the late mornings when they’re doing such work is annoying, frustrating, and even torturous.”
BEING LOCKED IN THE ANECHOIC CHAMBER
“Pretty sure no one has lasted in there for more than one hour. After a short period, you start hearing your heartbeat, and even your bones and body parts making noise when you move. You lose spatial awareness due to the lack of reverb and lose balance. Not to mention that it’s so quiet, your mind will start to wander, and since most people don’t spend much quietly, just thinking that might be punishment enough.”
“Buried alive in a tight space, you can’t move, but there’s plenty of oxygen.”
“Constant, unwavering tickling. It’s almost impossible to breathe while being tickled quickly.”
“Not eating it, the smell is the worst part. Opening a can in a closed space is cruel and unusual.”
“Silent treatment that isn’t obvious, but it is there to gaslight the person into thinking they’re imagining everything and are the crazy one.”
“Being extremely itchy when trying to sleep.”
CASHIER WALKS AWAY DURING TRANSACTION
“Being next in line at the cashier in a busy store and when it’s your turn, the cashier just walks away or takes a phone call, not even acknowledging you.”
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