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"This is the absolute best mod for Rimworld. It adds innumerable layers of depth other mods could never hope to achieve. Well done."
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"This is truly a masterpiece of a mod and I hope the developers see that and include it in the core game :)"
"After trying out Psychology in A16, I can't go back from it."
"This is the mod in my opinion that TRUELY makes Rimworld one of the best games on Steam."
"This mod really enriches the gameplay of Rimworld. I am much less likely to play without it."
"This is the first comment I've made in ages for any mod I absolutely love this mod and can't believe you did it solo."
"I can't really tell what it's doing, but it's so critically acclaimed that it's gotta do something right?"

This is a total overhaul of Rimworld's psychological and social systems. Your colonists, and the stories you can tell about them, are what make Rimworld such a fun game. Unfortunately, besides what they can contribute to the colony, colonists are pretty much interchangeable. Now, everyone you encounter will have a unique and recognizable character archetype, giving them massively increased depth and charm. Their personality traits will affect absolutely every facet of their interactions with other people, which have also been expanded to allow your colonists more ways to get to know each other and express their individuality.

Every person on the rimworld now has their own attitude and personality as part of the new psyche system, entirely separate from traits. You can view a rundown of their personality traits in the Psyche tab. A colonist's psyche has a real and noticeable effect on their social interactions and self-expression. Colonists' relationships with each other are now far more realistic, varied, and driven by their persistent identity.

Colonists (and non-colonists) hold conversations with each other about a multitude of topics in order to form opinions on them. Two colonists might briefly remark on something as they pass each other in the hallway, or have a long discussion while working on crafting tables in the same room. Instead of being arbitrarily assigned a compatibility with each other, they will naturally gravitate towards like-minded people and away from those they have strong disagreements with. Colonists will even set aside their differences when the colony is small enough that they have to tolerate each other.

Some colonists may not have an opportunity to get to know each other very well, because they simply don't spend enough time in the same vicinity and never get an opportunity to chat. Parties are a great place for your colonists to get together and make new friends (or enemies). However, they will also now invite each other to hang out when they have free time, and spend a few hours relaxing and talking. Good friends will also hang out to keep their relationship strong, and empathetic colonists might even try to hang out with people they don't like to see if they misjudged them.

If there are relationships in your colony, they will make plans to go on dates when they don't have to work. Unless their schedule changes, they will meet at the scheduled date and time and spend time together to keep their relationship alive. Of course, if they're not meant for each other, a date may also reveal an incompatibility between them.

Sexuality and Romance
Instead of being arbitrarily assigned a slot-hogging Gay trait, everyone's sexuality is now graded on the Kinsey scale, from zero to six. The overwhelming majority of colonists will be straight, but their sexual orientations can have much more variety and their romantic interest in each other will be adjusted accordingly. Everyone also has both a sexual and romantic drive, influencing their interest in that part of a relationship. Depending on their personality, colonists may be more likely to have multiple "flings" rather than a single lover, and how they treat breakups is affected accordingly.

Elections will be held yearly beginning in the 3rd quadrum of a colony's second year. A slate of colonists will announce their candidacy for mayor, and will present a platform to run on that is chosen based on their personality. A few days later, a polling place will be chosen and colonists will go there to cast their votes. They will vote for the candidate whose positions best align with their personality, and their opinion of the candidates may also affect their vote.

The candidate with the plurality of votes becomes the mayor until the next election. They will receive visits from constituents in their office or bedroom unless their schedule is set to Work during that period, particularly by people who are very unhappy or very content. Complaining colonists can find relief in venting to the mayor, and the mayor of a happy, well-functioning colony will be pleased by the words of support they receive.

Mental Illness and Treatment
The number of mental breaks has been vastly improved, and colonists will break differently depending on their traits. Inhabitants of the rimworld can also develop anxiety (usually in their teenage years), or acquire it after suffering PTSD from a stressful mental break. They will require occasional treatment (and good medicine, if it can be spared) to keep their anxiety in check, but once managed, it won't affect their day-to-day life. Some traits that can make colonists undesirable, like chemical interest and pyromania, can also now be treated to mitigate their effects at the cost of medical upkeep.

Additionally, the drug methadone is now available to help treat addiction. Instead of removing legs or trapping colonists in walled-up rooms, you can put them on a methadone regimen to eliminate the severe mood penalty, though they will still suffer all the physical effects of addiction. Methadone itself is mildly addictive, so be careful!

Mental breaks have been rebalanced and tweaked, and new ones have been added. Some of the new vanilla mental breaks are replaced by better versions that were in Psychology already.

I do not accept any form of financial support. If you want to support this mod, then please subscribe to it, rate it, and tell everyone about it. If you absolutely must spend money on something, then gift Rimworld to someone who hasn't yet experienced it to support Tynan and the incredible work that he does. This mod would not be possible without the great game he created, and the strenuous effort he has put into supporting mod creators.

Thanks to HugsLib and Harmony, this mod should be compatible with practically everything. However, some features may be automatically disabled if you are using a mod which adds them in a different way. Romance Diversified is one example, which is almost entirely redundant when combined with Psychology. If you wish to use features from other mods instead, then it will not negatively impact your game, however you are encouraged to give all of Psychology's features a chance before disabling them.

Not currently compatible with Zombie Apocalypse, HelpTab, or Children and Pregnancy.

({x}) Disarray: Idea for passionate work mood bonus.
twoski: Ideas for many of the new mental breaks.
Wellech: Name of the new Socialite trait.
kr33man: Russian translation.
Erazil: French translation.
Ɲơɴɑɱɛ: German translation.
철컹철컹: Korean translation.
Mr.sleep: Chinese translation.
HG-Dev: Japanese translation.
mora145: Spanish translation.
Popular Discussions View All (4)
Mar 15 @ 10:20pm
PINNED: Compatibility & Bug Reports
The Word-Mule
Mar 14 @ 5:07pm
Mayoral Election Results?
Mar 14 @ 9:13pm
PINNED: Feedback
The Word-Mule
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Mane Shaker 7 hours ago 
THIS! This is what Rimworld was missing to make it even more and more closer to Dwarf Fortress!
Psychology! Every characters and their very own traits in terms of personaliy!
Shatari 11 hours ago 
He'll have the job title of 'Mayor' after his name. He'll also stop working from time to time and talk with the other colonists.
kulfyr3 14 hours ago 
how do i tell who the mayor is? he was elected long ago, and i don't remember.
⚡⚡Caesar15⚡⚡ Mar 16 @ 4:54pm 
Is it just me or does methadone not seem to be working?
The Word-Mule  [author] Mar 16 @ 4:06pm 
Turn off the elections if you don't want democracy in your colony.
conreiter Mar 16 @ 3:31pm 
thanks glad we could come to a compromise
The Word-Mule  [author] Mar 16 @ 3:31pm 
conreiter Mar 16 @ 2:57pm 
would like an option to forcefully elect a chosen pawn in exchange for it giving less bonuses or something
<TVB>Ian_Suffix Mar 16 @ 6:20am 
@LUL Colonists choose the leader. The traits that make them more likely to be chosen aren't clear to me, but if you're willing to edit the character into being elected, you might consider traits like "Kind" and making sure their psyche is assertive enough.
█▂ █▂█ █▂ Mar 16 @ 5:05am 
How do I change my colony leader? I made a character especially to be the leader but the game chose someone else :/