Category Psychology

The Simple Growth Obsession Test

We’re obsessed with growth. The Simple Growth Obsession Test is a simple test to check for yourself how much growth and our deeply embedded sensitivity for signs of growth create an emotional response when confronted with signs of its absence or presence. The test itself is a simple animation of an arrow going up alternating with [...]

Voluntary Simplicity

Voluntary simplicity is characterised by individuals being satisfied with what they need rather than what they want. The principles of voluntary simplicity are of interest to The Incredible Shrinking Man because of two main reasons. For one, if the human body were to become smaller we would need less. Therefor the systems that are in place [...]

The Puppet in your Eye

You’ll find that in most, if not all, European languages the black spot in the middle of the eye is known as the pupil. Etymologically, pupil is derived from the Latin word pūpilla which means puppet, or small child. The meaning of the word pupil became extended to the middle part of the eye because [...]

This Crowded Earth

This Crowded Earth by Robert Bloch is a 1958 novel set in a future where overpopulation has inspired science to create a small human race with the use of hormone therapy. The story starts in the late 1990’s when suicide, crime and accidents have increased steeply because of the ‘maddening proximity of the crowds’. As a [...]

Alice in Wonderland Syndrome

Alice in Wonderland Syndrome is a neurological condition affecting human visual perception, in which objects within an affected section of the visual field appear larger (macropsia) or smaller (micropsia) than normal, causing the subject to feel smaller (or larger) than they actually are. In Lewis Carroll’s famous 19th century novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland the title [...]

Universal Height Dysphoria

Perhaps humanity’s willingness to accept the damaging consequences of increasing human height is the the result of a universal case of height dysphoria. Height dysphoria is a mental disorder that leads to excessive concern about and preoccupation with a perceived defect of physical size. Most often this means the feeling of being too short. Individuals suffering from this mental [...]

Overcoming the Uncanny

People are often disturbed by the idea of shrinking the human species. The confrontation with unusually small-sized adults sometimes triggers a psychosomatic sensitivity  also known as the uncanny. The uncanny is a Freudian concept of an instance where something is familiar, yet foreign at the same time. This dissonance between the known and the unknown often leads [...]

Being Barbie

A group of neuroscientists of the Group Ehrsson at the Swedish Karolinska Institutet investigated how body size influences the way we visually perceive the world, and if there is truth in the idea that it is our body that serves as a fundamental reference in visual perception of sizes and distances. Even if somehow man has [...]

Research Marionette

If we’re ever going to be convinced that shrinking the body is a serious option we must first project ourselves into that situation. With the help of Gitta Lichthart we developed 3 research marionettes aimed at doing just that. When one of those 50 centimeter puppets looks up at you it is almost impossible not [...]

Queen Voluptuous

Once, when Nature’s overpowering vigorousness
Conceived each day children this monstrous
I would love to have lived with a young giantess
Around her feet like a cat to a queen voluptuous.

Would love to have seen the spirit that grew out of her
Distending as she played her terrible game
From the damp mist that swam in her eyes to wonder
If [...]