MIchael’s Game

1) Michael goes on an errand. When he gets back home, his sink is overflowing and the water is running. He thinks that he has left the tap on and the plug in.
Aims of the card:
-Situation
-Michael’s hypothesis
-Method for validating the hypothesis
-Other hypotheses
2) Michael has just noticed a stain on a used book he bought a month ago and which he started reading three days ago. He thinks his mother touched the book while she was helping him with housework.
Aims of the card:
-Situation
-Michael’s hypothesis
-Method for validating the hypothesis
-Other hypotheses
3) Michael has filled his bathtub almost to the brim. When he steps into it, the water overflows. Michael wonders what made the bathtub overflow.
Aims of the card:
-Situation
-Hypotheses
-The group should choose one of its hypotheses
-Method for validating the hypothesis
4) Michael is lying under an apple tree. He is woken up by an apple that has fallen on his stomach. Michael tells himself, “A child must have thrown the apple.”
Aims of the card:
-Situation
-Michael’s hypothesis
-Other hypotheses
-Facts supporting each hypothesis and their likelihood of being valid
5) Michael is playing with a straw. When he blocks the top hole with his finger, the water doesn’t run out. When he takes off his finger, the water runs out. Michael wonders about this phenomenon.
Aims of the card:
-Situation
-Hypotheses
-The group should choose one of its hypotheses
-Method for validating the hypothesis
6) Michael tries to turn on his television with the remote control. He doesn’t succeed. He is very disappointed, because the television is brand new. The warranty is still valid. He wonders if the salesman tried to get over on him.
Aims of the card:
-Situation
-Michael’s hypothesis
-How did Michael get to this hypothesis?
-Other hypotheses
-Emotional and behavioral consequences of the different hypotheses
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7) Michael fell asleep while he was sitting on his couch with his legs stretched out onto a table. All of a sudden, a noise wakes him up. He sees a broken ashtray on the floor. This ashtray was on the table that Michael used to stretch out his legs before falling asleep. Michael wonders whether a stranger sneaked into his house and knocked down the ashtray.
Aims of the card:
-Situation
-Michael’s hypothesis
-Other hypotheses
-Identify the emotional and behavioral consequences of the different hypotheses
8) Michael is waiting for Leah at McDonalds. She is half an hour late. Michael worries that she has had a serious accident.
Aims of the card:
-Situation
-Michael’s hypothesis
-Other hypotheses
-Emotional and behavioral consequences of the different hypotheses
-Method for validating the hypotheses
9) Michael sets two bags of different sizes on each side of a balance. The big bag has the same weight as the small bag. Michael is surprised since the two bags are supposed to be filled with cotton. He thinks the small bag contains a stone.
Aims of the card:
-Situation
-Michael’s hypothesis
-Other hypotheses
-Method for validating the hypothesis
10) One sunny day, Michael goes for a walk with Joe. At some point, Michael starts worrying, because on the ground he sees a black human shape that seems to be following him. Michael shares his worry with Joe, who says to him, “Man, it is your shadow!”
Aims of the card:
-Situation
-Michael’s hypothesis
-Joe’s hypothesis
-Emotional and behavioral consequences of the different hypotheses
-Method for validating the two hypotheses
11) Michael goes into his room and sees the light on. He is surprised, because he usually turns off the lights when he leaves. He wonders whether somebody sneaked into his house.
Aims of the card:
-Situation
-Michael’s hypothesis
-Other hypotheses
-Emotional consequences of the different hypotheses
-Arguments for and against each hypothesis
-Method for validating the different hypotheses
12) Michael has had a fever for three days. He thinks it’s pneumonia.
Aims of the card:
-Situation
-Michael’s hypothesis
-Other hypotheses
-Likelihood of the validity of the different hypotheses
-Method for validating the hypotheses
13) Michael has lost two pounds this month. He wonders whether he has lung cancer.
Aims of the card:
-Situation
-Michael’s hypothesis
-Other hypotheses
-Likelihood of the validity of the different hypotheses
-Method for validating the hypotheses
14) Tonight, Michael has a hard time falling asleep. What could prevent Michael from falling asleep?
Aims of the card:
-Situation
-Hypotheses
– Likelihood of the validity of the different hypotheses
-Method for validating the hypotheses
15) Michael paid a visit to his brother, Roland. Roland has a 3 car garage and a nice looking house. Michael doesn’t work and lives in a small studio apartment. When Michael arrives at his brother’s place, his brother welcomes him with a large smiles and a hug. After offering Michael some coffee, he invites him for a ride in his new car. Michael tells himself, “He is taking me for a ride in his car only to show me how much richer he is than I am.”
Aims of the card:
-Situation
-Michael’s hypothesis
-How did Michael get to this hypothesis?
-Other hypotheses
-What could Roland’s motivations be?
16) Michael is walking on the main street. He notices Dave on the opposite sidewalk. Dave is accompanied by a woman and doesn’t greet him, even though Michael is looking in their direction. Michael tells himself, “Dave is ashamed of me and he would rather ignore me in front of his friends.”
Aims of the card:
-Situation
-Michael’s hypothesis
-How did Michael get to this hypothesis?
-Hypothesis about Dave’s behavior
-Likelihood of the validity of each of these hypotheses
-Emotional and behavioral consequences of the different hypotheses
17) Michael has just left his office. He shuts the door. When he comes back ten minutes later, the door is ajar. He wonders if somebody snuck in while he was gone.
Aims of the card:
-Situation
-Michael’s hypothesis
-How did Michael get to this hypothesis?
-Other hypotheses
-Method for validating the hypotheses
18) Michael is on the train when he meets Julie, a colleague from work that he finds very friendly. After talking for a while, they exchange phone numbers. After Julie left, Michael wanted to put away Julie’s phone number but couldn’t find it, even after searching his pockets. Michael tells himself, “Somebody stole it from me.”
Aims of the card:
-Situation
– Michael’s hypothesis
-How did Michael get to this hypothesis?
-Other hypotheses
-Arguments for and against each hypothesis
-Method for validating the hypotheses
19) Michael shares a checking account with Leah. He is surprised when he discovers a $200 overdraft. He wonders whether Leah is stealing from him.
Aims of the card:
-Situation
-Michael’s hypothesis
-What could Leah’s motivations be?
-Other hypotheses
-Emotional and behavioral consequences of the different hypotheses
-Method for validating the hypotheses
20) Michael arrives at a post office counter. The employee working on his computer neither looks up, nor answers Michael’s greeting. Michael tells himself, “Nobody respects me.”
Aims of the card:
-Situation
– Michael’s hypothesis
-Other hypotheses
-Emotional and behavioral consequences of the different hypotheses
-Effects of the behavioral consequences on the post office employee
21) Michael put ink onto blotting paper, which he folded in two. He then sees a picture and tells himself, “it is a bat.”
Aims of the card:
-Situation
-Michael’s hypothesis
-Other hypotheses
22) Michael looks at the cloudy sky. He is struck by the shape of a cloud and says, “It is the face of a bearded man, maybe a god.” His friend Joe says to him, “No, it is a sheep.”
Aims of the card:
-Situation
-Michael’s hypothesis
-Joe’s hypothesis
-How did Michael get to this hypothesis?
-How did Joe get to this hypothesis?
23) Michael is working on his computer. He is using some new software. After two hours, he can’t get the software to work. Michael tells himself, “I am worthless. I will never succeed at anything.”
Aims of the card:
-Situation
-Michael’s hypothesis
-How did Michael get to this hypothesis?
-Other hypotheses
-Emotional and behavioral consequences of the different hypotheses
24) Mike and Joe decide to compete in a 100 yard dash. Joe wins the race. Michael tells himself, “I am worthless.”
Aims of the card:
-Situation
-Michael’s hypothesis
-How did Michael get to this hypothesis?
-Other hypotheses
-Emotional and behavioral consequences of the different hypotheses
25) Michael meets his friend Jack by chance at the store. They haven’t seen each other for two months. Michael and Jack went to school together and have gone on seeing each other quite often since then. Michael and Jack like each other and are happy to see each other. Michael proposes to go to a basketball game with him that evening, but Jack apologizes saying, “No, I won’t be able to tonight.” Michael thinks that Jack is a hypocrite. He is very upset and certainly doesn’t plan on calling such a bad person again.
Aims of the card:
-Situation
-Michael’s hypothesis
-How did Michael get to this hypothesis?
-Other hypotheses
-Emotional and behavioral consequences of the different hypotheses
26) Michael asks his BVE supervisor, whom he usually appreciates a lot, whether he can leave earlier this evening. His supervisor says to him, “No, Michael, not tonight. There is too much work left.” Michael tells himself, “He won’t let me do anything. He doesn’t like me.”
Aims of the card:
-Situation
-Michael’s hypothesis
-How did Michael get to this hypothesis?
-Other hypotheses
-Emotional and behavioral consequences of the different hypotheses
27) Michael sees a car going in reverse and two people inside the car waving to somebody on the sidewalk. “Is it an arrival or a departure wave,” Michael asks himself.
Aims of the card:
-Situation
-Why does Michael ask himself that question?
-What additional pieces of information are necessary to answer Michael’s question?
28) Michael is walking in the street. He overhears “fire” in a conversation between two people strolling quietly. He panics and starts running.
Aims of the card:
-Situation
-What behavior does Michael have?
-What hypothesis did Michael make to have such a behavior?
-Other hypotheses
-What additional pieces of information are necessary in that situation to validate the different hypotheses?
29) Michael joined a leisure club. He has been in it for only two days. He goes to the cabinet to find a board game when, suddenly, he overhears, “…that guy is such a bastard.” He feels insulted. “That guy is such a bastard,” resonates in his head.
Aims of the card:
-Situation
-Michael’s hypothesis
-How did Michael get to this hypothesis?
-Other hypotheses
-Emotional and behavioral consequences of the different hypotheses
30) Michael is going to Wal-Mart. There, he sees for the first time a new female cashier whom he finds very pretty and who greets him smiling. Michael answers with a smile, asks for his groceries, pays what he owes and says, “Goodbye and thank you.” The saleswoman answers, “goodbye and thank you,” topped with a smile. Michael tells himself, “She likes me and she is in love with me.”
Aims of the card:
-Situation
-Michael’s hypothesis
-Other hypotheses
-What could the cashier’s motivations be?
-What additional pieces of information are necessary to verify Michael’s hypothesis?
31) Now, Michael works at Burger King for some extra money. Every day when he arrives at Burger King, he greets Isabelle, a coworker. He is very attracted to this woman and feels in love with her. When he arrives at Burger King and greets Isabelle, she always answers him with a smile and says in a soft voice, “Hello, Michael.” Michael thinks, “She is in love with me. Her smile, her look, her voice are all secret messages.”
Aims of the card:
-Situation
-Michael’s hypothesis
-Other hypotheses
-What could Isabelle’s motivations be?
-What additional pieces of information are necessary to verify Michael’s hypothesis?
32) Michael goes to a new butcher. When he enters the shop, the butcher is busy slicing meat with his back turned toward Michael. When the butcher turns around, he has a knife in his hand and looks at Michael, grinning. Michael takes a step back and quickly puts in his order. For a moment, he thought the butcher wanted to frighten and maybe even kill him.
Aims of the card:
-Situation
-Michael’s hypothesis
-Other hypotheses
-What could the butcher’s motivations be?
-What additional pieces of information are necessary to verify Michael’s hypothesis?
-Effects of Michael’s behavioral response on the butcher
33) Michael is presently out of work. However, he isn’t getting food stamps to which he is entitled, because he hasn’t applied for food stamps. He hopes to find work soon. His mother eventually manages to convince him to apply for food stamps. When he goes to apply, the employee asks him for several documents and has him fill in and sign a form. Michael tells himself, “This state employee wants to trap me.”
Aims of the card:
-Situation
-Michael’s hypothesis
-Other hypotheses
-What could the employee’s motivations be?
-Arguments for and against each hypothesis
-Method for validating each hypothesis
34) Michael went to take a test to evaluate his level for a new job. He is sitting at a table by himself. Twenty people are taking the exam at the same time as he is, but they are sitting at other tables. The supervisor stands behind him for a few seconds and looks over his shoulder at his test. Michael tells himself, “He wants me to fail.”
Aims of the card:
-Situation
-Michael’s hypothesis
-Other hypotheses
-What could the supervisor’s motivations be?
-Arguments for and against each hypothesis
-Method for validating each hypothesis
35) Michael takes the bus. It is 5pm and it is crowded. Michael is sitting down while most of the passengers are standing. Several times, Michael’s eyes catch some passengers glancing at him for a few seconds before looking away. He feels threatened, watched by everybody.
Aims of the card:
-Situation
-Michael’s hypothesis
-Other hypotheses
-Emotional and behavioral consequences of each hypothesis
-Arguments for and against each hypothesis
36) Michael and Cindy have been invited for supper at Cindy’s parents’ house. Michael is a little intimidated. He is meeting Cindy’s parents for the first time. At the table, Cindy and her sister are having a conversation. Cindy’s parents are very polite with Michael and ask him a few questions. “How long have you known our daughter?” “Where do your parents live?” “A little more gravy, Michael?” Michael is nervous. He gives very short answers and then remains silent. Michael tells himself, “I am being treated like an idiot.”
Aims of the card:
-Situation
-What is Michael’s behavior at the table?
-What consequences does that behavior have?
-Michael’s hypothesis
-How does Michael get to this hypothesis?
37) Michael is bike riding on a small country road when a tractor pulls onto the road. It starts driving along behind him at a slow pace. Michael thinks he is being followed.
Aims of the card:
-Situation
-Michael’s hypothesis
-Other hypotheses
-Emotional and behavioral consequences of each hypothesis
38) Michael is waiting for the bus. He is on the platform in the bus station. He is waiting for his bus sitting down. Two young men walk past him. One of the two men is laughing loudly. Michael tells himself, “He is laughing at me.” The two men come sit next to Michael. At that point, he tells himself, “They are going to attack me.” Michael, however, wasn’t prepared to be pushed around. He stands up and says to them, “Keep moving, idiots!” One of the young men gets upset, insults Michael, and gets ready to hit him. His friend holds him back and the two young men leave. Michael tells himself, “I was right. They wanted to start something.”
Aims of the card:
-Situation
-Michael’s first hypothesis
-Other hypotheses
-Emotional and behavioral consequences of each hypothesis
-Effects of the behavioral consequences on the two young men
-Other hypotheses to Michael’s second hypothesis
39) Michael is looking through a magazine. On one page, there is the picture of a woman he finds attractive. Michael tells himself, “She is looking at me.”
Aims of the card:
-Situation
-Michael’s hypothesis
-How did Michael get to this hypothesis?
-Other hypotheses
40) Michael is sitting on a bench in front of his building and sees his neighbor walking by. She is accompanied by her little boy and she is holding his hand on Michael’s side. A few meters before walking past him, the child switches. Michael thinks, “They are afraid of me and think that I am bad.”
Aims of the card:
-Situation
-Michael’s hypothesis
-Other hypotheses
-What additional pieces of information would allow Michael to verify the different hypotheses?
41) Michael is walking by himself at around 11pm along the road in St. Louis. He has an odd feeling. He is dazzled at times by the headlamps of oncoming cars. He sees blinkers being turned on and off. He wonders whether these cars are sending him a message.
Aims of the card:
-Situation
-Michael’s hypothesis
-How did Michael get to this hypothesis?
-Other hypotheses
-What additional pieces of information would allow Michael to verify the different hypotheses?
42) Michael is in the large day room with Charlie, Julie, and Joe. They are making plans for a trip. Julie suggests to put on some music. She chooses a CD by Marvin Gaye who is her favorite singer. While the three of them are listening to the song and talking, Michael has the impression that Marvin Gaye is talking especially to him.
Aims of the card:
-Situation
-Michael’s hypothesis
-How did Michael get to this hypothesis?
-Other hypotheses
-Arguments for and against each hypothesis
43) Michael hasn’t had a hair cut for three months. He now has rather long hair which he has dyed blond. Job, whom he meets in the street, calls out to him and says, “What a pretty mane.” Michael then thinks, “I am a lion. I have the mane of a lion.”
Aims of the card:
-Situation
-Michael’s hypothesis
-How did Michael get to this hypothesis?
-Other hypotheses
44) Michael meets Suzie, a friend from his hometown. He says to her, “You are still as beautiful as an angel.” Suzie tells herself, “I am an angel. I can fly like an angel.”
Aims of the card:
-Situation
-Suzie’s hypothesis
-How did Suzie get to this hypothesis?
-Other hypotheses
-Emotional and behavioral consequences of each hypothesis
45) Michael enjoys playing the Playstation. He has made a lot of progress on a basketball game, NBA Live. He just won the NBA title on the game as the Lakers. He hears on the radio an interview with Magic Johnson, a famous Lakers player. He wonders whether he, himself, isn’t Magic Johnson.
Aims of the card:
-Situation
-Michael’s hypothesis
-Other hypotheses
-Arguments for and against each hypothesis
46) The famous movie star dies suddenly in a car crash. Michael is sad and feels lonely. He then reads that movie star’s biography and discovers that his wife had an abortion 30 years ago. Now, Michael is the same age as the baby would have been if it had been born. He then says to himself, “to be as popular as that movie star, I must be that baby, which must have been transplanted into my mother’s uterus.” He feels that his idea is confirmed by the fact that his parents had fertility treatments in order for him to be born.
Aims of the card:
-Situation
-Michael’s hypothesis
-Other hypotheses
-Arguments for and against each hypothesis
-What additional pieces of information would allow Michael to verify the different hypotheses
47) Michael has received a letter from his town’s electricity services who are notifying him of a power cut the following Thursday between 12pm and 3pm. Michael is puzzled and wonders about this letter. Two days later, he receives a letter from his bank notifying him of an overdraft on his account. Michael notes that the two letters were sent in similar kinds of envelopes and that in both cases, the same letter endings were used. Michael wonders whether this isn’t the same person trying to trick him.
Aims of the card:
-Situation
-Michael’s hypothesis
-How did Michael get to this hypothesis?
-Other hypotheses
-Arguments for and against each hypothesis
48) Michael had an argument with his brother three days ago. He thinks that his brother doesn’t understand his desires or his difficulties. Michael has been doing a lot of “negative thinking” about his brother for the last three days. He has just learned that his brother broke his leg falling down the stairs. Michael is puzzled. He thinks that his “negative thoughts” made his brother fall. Michael feels uncomfortable. He didn’t want that.
Aims of the card:
-Situation
-Michael’s hypothesis
-How did Michael get to this hypothesis?
-Other hypotheses
-What is an argument against Michael’s hypothesis?
49) Michael is watching his favorite show on television. When the show host appears, Michael is so pleased that he bursts out laughing. The show host and another participant in the show start laughing at the same time. Michael tells himself, “My joy made them laugh just then.”
Aims of the card:
-Situation
-Michael’s hypothesis
-Other hypotheses
-What is an argument against Michael’s hypothesis?
50) Michael is having several difficult days. It is the end of the month and he has only 10 dollars left for the rest of the week. He won’t be able to go to the movies. He has only got the television left to comfort him and, to tell the truth, he finds it boring today. Listening to the news, he finds that the newscaster, who is talking about a bomb attack taking place the previous day, is grave and sad. Michael tells himself that the newscaster felt his sorrow.
Aims of the card:
-Situation
-Michael’s hypothesis
-How did Michael get to this hypothesis?
-Other hypotheses
51) Michael and Joe decide to each buy themselves a vanilla ice cream. Tasting it, Michael tells himself, “Hmm, it tastes so good.” At the same time, Joe says to him, “Ah! This ice cream tastes so good!” Michael tells himself, “He is reading my thoughts.”
Aims of the card:
-Situation
-Michael’s hypothesis
-How did Michael get to this hypothesis?
-Other hypotheses
52) It is 12:30pm. Michael and Joe are taking a walk downtown. There are many restaurants. Michael is starting to get hungry. Joe says to him, “How about we get some sandwiches?” Michael tells himself, “He read my thoughts.”
Aims of the card:
-Situation
-Michael’s hypothesis
-How did Michael get to this hypothesis?
-Other hypotheses
53) While walking in the street, Michael passes Lee and Betty, one of her friends. Betty is a very pretty girl whom Michael sees for the first time. He blushes as he greets her. Lee whispers into his ear, “You really like Betty.” Michael then tells himself, “She is reading my thoughts.”
Aims of the card:
-Situation
-Michael’s hypothesis
-How did Michael get to this hypothesis?
-Other hypotheses
54) Michael has had an argument with his mother. He is very angry when leaving her place and slams the door. Joe, who passes him a little bit down the road, says to him, “Hey! Michael! What is the matter with you being so angry?” Michael tells himself, “He is reading my thoughts.”
Aims of the card:
-Situation
-Michael’s hypothesis
-How did Michael get to this hypothesis?
-Other hypotheses
55) Michael goes to buy bread. The saleswoman asks him for two dollars and twenty cents. He gives her a hundred dollar bill, wishing to make change. The saleswoman asks him whether he has a smaller bill. Michael, embarrassed, tells himself, “She read my thoughts and found out that I was hiding a smaller bill in order to make change.”
Aims of the card:
-Situation
-Michael’s hypothesis
-How did Michael get to this hypothesis?
-Other hypotheses
56) Michael is at home. He tells himself that he wouldn’t mind making himself some French fries. He turns on the television. He hears somebody talking about French fries. This makes him shiver and he tells himself, “They are teasing me by showing me that everybody is reading my thoughts.”
Aims of the card:
-Situation
-Michael’s hypothesis
-How did Michael get to this hypothesis?
-Other hypotheses
57) Michael and Joe are in a pub. Joe meets two of his friends, Isabelle and Sally, who join them at their table. Michael finds Isabelle very sexy and he then has some erotic thoughts. The discussion between Joe, Isabelle, and Sally is animated. Michael is more withdrawn, a little ill-at-ease, because he doesn’t know the young women. Isabelle and Sally, after having greeted him, don’t talk much to him. Michael tells himself, “Isabelle has read my thoughts and she thinks I am a stupid idiot.”
Aims of the card:
-Situation
-Michael’s hypothesis
-How did Michael get to this hypothesis?
-Other hypotheses
58) Michael is walking in town. He sees a couple laughing. The couple laughing walks past Michael. Michael tells himself, “They are laughing at me, because they can read my thoughts.”
Aims of the card:
-Situation
-Michael’s hypothesis
-How did Michael get to this hypothesis?
-Other hypotheses
59) Michael is walking in downtown Fulton. Suddenly, he hears the sound of music. He can’t see any musician. He wonders whether the sound isn’t coming from a house or a car. While he goes on walking, he hears the music better and better. “Now, it seems to be coming from my right,” he tells himself, walking in that direction. He then sees, turning a street corner, a gathering of bystanders standing around three musicians on a small square.
Aims of the card:
-Situation
-Michael’s hypothesis
-How does Michael verify his hypothesis?
60) Michael is walking in the street and hears somebody call his name. He turns around, but doesn’t see anybody. Once again, he hears his name being called. He turns around and looks everywhere, but doesn’t see anyone. Michael tells himself, “It must be someday playing a joke on me. He calls me and then hides.”
Aims of the card:
-Situation
-Michael’s hypothesis
-What additional pieces of information would allow Michael to verify his hypothesis
61) Michael goes for the first time to a new grocery store. During a hike, he walks past a construction crew. A few minutes later, he hears a loud explosion. Michael, who has heard of recent bomb attacks, tells himself, “It’s a bomb attack.” He starts running, while everyone else seems calm.
Aims of the card:
-Situation
-Michael’s hypothesis
-Arguments for and against each hypothesis
-Emotional and behavioral consequences of Michael’s hypothesis
62) Michael is walking in a quiet street when he hears a noise. Michael tells himself, “Did something fall from a building?”
Aims of the card:
-Situation
-Michael’s hypothesis
-What additional pieces of information would allow Michael to verify his hypothesis
63) One sunny Tuesday afternoon, Michael is taking a walk with Joe on the shore of a lake. There aren’t too many people. The two friends are strolling along, lettering their thoughts flow freely. Suddenly, Michael hears a woman’s voice shout, “Bastard! Bastard!” Michael turns around, but can’t see anyone. Michael asks Joe if he heard anything, but Joe says he didn’t.
Aims of the card:
-Situation
-What hypothesis could Michael make?
64) Michael is alone in his room. He is very tired, because he has been partying every night. He really wants to sleep. As he is lying in his bed about to fall asleep, a voice whispers in his ear, “Michael,” and startles him. Michael was alone in his room.
Aims of the card:
-Situation
-What hypothesis could Michael make?
-Emotional and behavioral consequences of each hypothesis
65) Michael is invited by Joe to a party. As he gets to Joe’s place, he realizes that he doesn’t know anybody else. He feels a little ill-at-ease, because he would like to go meet the others to have fun with them. At this moment, Michael hears the voice of a deceased friend say to him, “Come on, amuse the audience!”
Aims of the card:
-Situation
-What hypothesis could Michael make?
-Emotional and behavioral consequences of each hypothesis
66) Michael is sitting on a bench at a nice restaurant. The waitress comes to see him with a big smile on her face and takes his order. Michael finds her very attractive and tells himself that he wouldn’t mind having a girlfriend like her. He then hears a voice say to him, “Go on, Michael, go on! You are very popular!” Another voice snickers and says to him, “No chance, no chance…” He looks around, but nobody is talking to him or paying attention to him. Michael tells himself, “I am being watched by the police and the people who are observing me are making fun of me.”
Aims of the card:
-Situation
-Michael’s hypothesis
-Other hypotheses
-Arguments for and against each hypothesis
67) Michael and Joe go on walking silently. Again, Michael hears, “bastard!” He asks Joe whether he has heard anything. Joe answers that he did not hear anything. Michael tells himself, “Joe is a liar.”
Aims of the card:
-Situation
-Michael’s hypothesis
-Arguments for and against Michael’s hypothesis
68) Michael and Joe are walking silently. Joe asks Michael, “What are you thinking about?” “About Jill,” Michael responds. “Ah! Jill, the girlfriend that you left three months ago,” says Joe. At this moment, Michael hears a woman’s voice say to him, “Bastard.” Michael tells himself that Jill is in telepathic communication with him.
Aims of the card:
-Situation
-Michael’s hypothesis
-How did Michael get to this hypothesis?
-Other hypotheses
-Emotional and behavioral consequences of each hypothesis
69) Michael paid a visit to his parents. He has just had an argument with his father. His father says to him, “You should work to earn a living. I bet you haven’t even looked for a job!” Michael storms out of the house slamming the door and crying. Even his mother can’t hold him back. He walks away very quickly crying and, while he is more than a mile away from the house, he hears his father (who had remained in the house) say to him, “You lazy boy! You lazy boy!” That voice echoes in his head, hurting him. He wonders whether it isn’t telepathy.
Aims of the card:
-Situation
-Michael’s hypothesis
-How did Michael get to this hypothesis?
-Other hypotheses
-Emotional and behavioral consequences of each hypothesis
70) Michael has lived in his home town for a long time and he knows a lot of people there. Michael has always wanted to prove to the people in the village that he was a courageous and hard working man. He has had professional difficulties that have troubled him a lot. People don’t always quite understand those difficulties and Michael is afraid to be seen as a lazy person. Now, Michael lives in a big city where he feels good and where he is undergoing a treatment that is helping him with his difficulties. Michael thinks that something within himself allows others to send him telepathic messages. He is much more aware of this phenomenon when he goes back to his home town. The last time it happened, Michael had met the father of one of his friends. His friend’s father asked him how he was. Michael told him that he was well and that he went to a day center in town. Leaving him, Michael had the feeling that he was sending him this thought, “Lazy boy, you are taking advantage of hospitals while you could be working.”
Aims of the card:
-Situation
-Michael’s hypothesis
-How did Michael get to this hypothesis?
-Other hypotheses
71) Last summer, Michael went on vacation. He has a wonderful memory of his trip. He is sitting at home when, thinking about it with his eyes shut, he sees again all of the places where he went. He tells himself, “it is as if I were there.”
Aims of the card:
-Situation
-Michael’s hypothesis
-How did Michael get to this hypothesis?
-How can the experience on the card by explained?
72) Michael often danced to the rhythm of a particular song at a dance club. Thinking about it, the melody comes back to him, as if he were hearing it.
Aims of the card:
-Situation
-Explain the experience described on the card
73) Michael is puzzled by Randy Gardner’s story. Seventeen years old in 1964, he had wanted to stay awake for 264 hours straight in order to beat the world record. He didn’t take any stimulants, not even coffee. The San Diego sleep laboratory supervised the experiment. From the fourth day onwards, Randy had trouble concentrating and became irritable. A short while later, he had visual illusions and mistook a pole for a person. Eventually, he became sure he was a famous football player and felt annoyed with whoever didn’t believe him. At the end of the experiment and after about 15 hours of sleep, the disorders that had been observed disappeared.
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-Situation
-Explain the experience described on the card
74) Michael had a nightmare. He felt an increasing anxiety while he was sleeping. The anxiety was so strong that it woke him up. When he woke up, he remembered his terrible dream. He was with his friend Job in his red Ford. They had an argument. Michael turned the steering wheel sharply. Job then shouted, “Stop it!” Then the car skidded in a curve. At that moment, Michael woke up feeling anxious.
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-Situation
-Explain the experience described on the card
75) Michael is sleeping. He has a dream. When he wakes up, he remembers his dream and tells it to a friend. “I was with you. You opened a door and a beautiful girl appeared. I was speechless. She told me, ‘Come in Michael.'”
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-Situation
-Explain the experience described on the card
76) Michael meets Helen, a childhood friend. She tells him about an experience she had the previous month. Helen, “I took the drug speed for the first time of my life. A few hours later, I felt spied on, watched, threatened. I started looking for the video cameras that were spying on me. Even my husband seemed dangerous to me. The more he tried to reassure me, the more I suspected him of plotting against me.” Michael asks, “Had something changed around you?” Helen answers, “Nothing. I had only taken that drug. All these impressions disappeared the next day.”
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-Situation
-Explain the experience described on the card
77) Tom, Michael’s cousin, has been diabetic for 5 years. He is a young and fun guy, whom Michael usually finds calm and sensible. Yesterday evening, while both of them were at a party at their friend Clara’s, Tom started feeling bad. He hadn’t had any alcohol though. He progressively became aggressive and started staggering and sweating. Michael remembered that he suffered from diabetes and offered him sugar. Tom, however, refused violently even denying that he was diabetic. Then, Tom lost consciousness. When the emergency rescue team arrived, the noted Tom’s hypoglycemia and treated him. Tom recovered consciousness. Michael has been surprised by his cousin’s attitude. How come he didn’t recognize his disorder and accept sugar?
Aims of the card:
-Situation
-Explain the experience described on the card
78) Michael hears a voice insulting him, “Bastard, bastard!” It makes him suffer a lot.
Aims of the card:
-Situation
-What can Michael do to lower the impact of the voices?
-Make a list of suggestions
79) Michael collects stamps. Once in a while, he gives some to Arnold, an acquaintance, who sells them for him to other collectors he knows. Recently, Michael discovered a specialized magazine in which an advertisement rubric allowed people to sell or exchange stamps. He talked about it to Arnold and tells him that he would like to sell his stamps and that maybe he would make more by selling his stamps through the advertisement. Arnold says to him, “You mustn’t do that! They’ll take advantage of you!” Michael is afraid to do it, but at the same time, he wants to do it.
Aims of the card:
-Situation
-What is Michael’s dilemma?
-Make a list of suggestions
-Advantages and disadvantages of each suggestion
80) Michael hears a voice telling him, “Don’t throw the trash away.” Michael is getting more and more annoyed, because the smell of the trash is getting stronger and stronger. Michael, however, is afraid to disobey the voice. He could be punished.
Aims of the card:
-Situation
-What is Michael’s dilemma?
-How can Michael get out of this dilemma?
-Make a list of suggestions
-Advantages and disadvantages of each suggestion