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Dwarf psychology is not all that complex - various events cause dwarves to gain 'thoughts'. Thoughts have a happiness/unhappiness value. The value of all the thoughts a particular dwarf has is simply summed to determine how happy or unhappy they are.

To view a dwarf's thoughts, press v on the dwarf. Then press p(preferences) -> z -> enter. Now you will see descriptions on how the dwarf feels (Ecstatic, happy, content, unhappy, miserable), and what recent events made an impact on the dwarf.

[edit] The mechanics of thoughts

A dwarf's emotional state is quantified in a single number. This number is computed by summing the modifier for each thought the dwarf is currently remembering and adding them to the baseline happiness of 100. Each thought lasts one year, and after half a year has passed since gaining a thought, the modifier is halved, rounding away from zero (so 7 halved would be 4 and -9 halved would be -5). There is no way to tell the age of a thought.

The resulting number is then used in this table:

Number Happiness
150 or more ecstatic
125 to 149 happy
75 to 124 quite content
51 to 74 fine
26 to 50 unhappy
1 to 25 very unhappy
0 miserable

Dwarves who are miserable will throw tantrums until their happiness is restored (or they go insane), and unhappy nobles will be at a disadvantage when meeting with diplomats. Additionally, if an unhappy dwarf enters a strange mood, the result may be either a fell mood (resulting in the death of another dwarf) or a macabre mood (making use of bones, skulls, and/or chunks).

[edit] Thoughts Experienced

There are 197 thoughts that a dwarf can experience in this version of Dwarf Fortress. Some of these thoughts never actually occur, but are placeholders for things that have yet to be implemented (or were present in earlier versions but subsequently removed). Certain thoughts have subtypes, the most common ones being relationship specifiers.

Thoughts marked as "Tragedy" have their happiness penalties reduced based on how hardened the dwarf has become - somebody who "doesn't care about anything anymore" will receive the minimum penalty listed.

Thoughts marked as "Outdoors" have their happiness penalties reduced based on how accustomed the dwarf is to living outdoors - somebody who "likes working outdoors and grumbles only mildly at inclement weather" will receive the minimum penalty listed.

Once a thought is a month and a half old, its happiness bonus/penalty is cut in half and rounded up (unless noted otherwise), and after 3 months the thought will be forgotten altogether.

Index Value Thought Notes
0 -50/-30/-20/-10 had a miscarriage recently Tragedy
1 -10 has been evicted lately
2 -5 has been tired lately
3 -30 has been exhausted lately
4 -5 has complained of hunger lately
5 -5 has complained of thirst lately
6 -30 has been starving lately
7 -30 has been dehydrated lately
8 -10 was worried by the scarcity of royal guards lately
9 -10 was worried by the scarcity of fortress guards lately
10 -10 was worried by the scarcity of cages and chains lately
11 -30/-20/-10/-5 has been attacked lately Tragedy
12 -50/-30/-20/-10 has been attacked by the dead lately Tragedy
12a -50/-30/-20/-10 has been attacked by a dead pet lately Tragedy
12b -50/-30/-20/-10 has been attacked by a dead spouse lately Tragedy
12c -50/-30/-20/-10 has been attacked by own dead mother lately Tragedy
12d -50/-30/-20/-10 has been attacked by own dead father lately Tragedy
12k -50/-30/-20/-10 has been attacked by a dead sibling lately Tragedy
12l -50/-30/-20/-10 has been attacked by own dead child lately Tragedy
12m -50/-30/-20/-10 has been attacked by a dead friend lately Tragedy
13 -5 was unable to reach a room for tax collection lately
14 -5 was misinformed about a room for tax collection lately
15 -10 was upset that the tax collection didn't go smoothly lately
16 -5 has been taxed recently
17 -10 has lost property to the Royal Guard recently
18 -10 was upset to have disappointed a noble lately
19 -? has complained of the lack of chairs lately Based on desired dining room quality
20 -2 has complained of the crowded tables lately
21 -? has complained of the lack of dining tables lately Based on desired dining room quality
22 -30/-20/-10 was forced to eat vermin to survive lately Outdoors
23 -50 was forced to eat a beloved creature to survive lately
24 -1000 was forced to eat a treasured pet to survive lately Drops to -100 when old enough
25 -5/-3/-2 has complained of the lack of a well lately Outdoors
26 -10/-5/-3 has complained of the nasty water lately Outdoors
27 -30/-20/-10/-5 was forced to drink slime lately Tragedy
28 -30/-20/-10/-5 was forced to drink vomit lately Tragedy
29 -30/-20/-10/-5 was forced to drink bloody water lately Tragedy
30 -2 slept uneasily due to noise lately
31 -5 slept very uneasily due to noise lately
32 -10 was woken by noise while sleeping lately
33 -10 was worried not to have adequate protection lately
34 -30 has complained about the draft lately
35 -30 was upset about being relieved from duty
36 -30 was upset about being expelled from the Royal Guard
37 -20 was upset about being expelled from the Fortress Guard
38 -1000 has suffered the travesty of art defacement Drops to -100 when old enough
39 -5/-3/-2 has been annoyed by flies Outdoors
40 -30/-20/-10 has been accosted by terrible vermin Outdoors
41 -10/-5/-3 saw something unpleasant in a cage recently Outdoors
42 -10/-5/-3 saw something unpleasant in a pond recently Outdoors
43 -30/-20/-10/-5 has witnessed death Tragedy
44 -50/-30/-20/-10 has lost a pet recently Tragedy
45 -50/-30/-20/-10 has lost a pet recently Tragedy
46 -50/-30/-20/-10 accidentally killed somebody in a fit of rage recently Tragedy
47 -50/-30/-20/-10 killed somebody by accident while sparring recently Tragedy
48 -50/-30/-20/-10 has lost a spouse Tragedy
49 -50/-30/-20/-10 has lost a friend to tragedy recently Tragedy
50 -50/-30/-20/-10 has lost a sibling to tragedy recently Tragedy
51 -50/-30/-20/-10 has lost a child to tragedy recently Tragedy
52 -50/-30/-20/-10 has lost a mother to tragedy recently Tragedy
53 -50/-30/-20/-10 has lost a father to tragedy recently Tragedy
54a -20/-10/-5/-3 was forced to endure the decay of a pet Tragedy
54b -20/-10/-5/-3 was forced to endure the decay of a spouse Tragedy
54c -20/-10/-5/-3 was forced to endure the decay of a mother Tragedy
54d -20/-10/-5/-3 was forced to endure the decay of a father Tragedy
54k -20/-10/-5/-3 was forced to endure the decay of a sibling Tragedy
54l -20/-10/-5/-3 was forced to endure the decay of a child Tragedy
54m -20/-10/-5/-3 was forced to endure the decay of a friend Tragedy
55 -10/-5/-3 ate rotten food lately Outdoors
56 -10/-5/-3 drank something spoiled lately Outdoors
57a -2 was grumbling by long patrol duty lately
57b -3 was depressed by long patrol duty lately
57c -5 was angered by long patrol duty lately
57d -10 was enraged by long patrol duty lately
58 -10/-5/-3/-2 was disgusted by a bloody mist lately Tragedy
59 -10/-5/-3/-2 was disgusted by a miasma lately Tragedy
60 -5/-3/-2 choked on smoke underground lately Outdoors
61 -5/-3/-2 choked on dust underground lately Outdoors
62 -20/-10/-5/-3 was knocked out during a cave-in lately Tragedy
63 -? was embarrassed to have to conduct an official meeting in a dining room Based on desired office quality
64 -? was very embarrassed to have to conduct an official meeting in a bedroom Based on desired office quality
65 -? was incredibly embarrassed not to have any rooms lately Based on desired office quality
66 -30/-20/-10/-5 sustained major injuries recently Tragedy
67 -20/-10/-5/-3 sustained minor injuries recently Tragedy
68 -? slept in the mud recently Outdoors, based on desired bedroom quality.
69 -? slept in the grass recently Outdoors, based on desired bedroom quality
70 -? slept in the dirt recently Outdoors, based on desired bedroom quality
71 -? slept on rocks recently Outdoors, based on desired bedroom quality
72 -? slept on a rough cave floor recently Outdoors, based on desired bedroom quality
73 -? slept on the floor recently Outdoors, based on desired bedroom quality
74 -? slept without a proper room recently Outdoors, based on desired bedroom quality
75 -20 slept in a horribly substandard bedroom recently
76 -10 slept in a horrible bedroom recently
77 -5 slept in an awful bedroom recently
78 -3 slept in a very poor bedroom recently
79 -2 slept in a poor bedroom recently
80 -30 conducted a meeting in a horribly substandard setting recently
81 -20 conducted a meeting in a horrible setting recently
82 -10 conducted a meeting in an awful setting recently
83 -5 conducted a meeting in a very poor setting recently
84 -3 conducted a meeting in a poor setting recently
85 -20 dined in a horribly substandard dining room recently
86 -10 dined in a horrible dining room recently
87 -5 dined in an awful dining room recently
88 -3 dined in a very poor dining room recently
89 -2 dined in a poor dining room recently
90 -? dined without a proper dining room recently Based on desired dining room quality
91 -? worried greatly about not have a tomb after gaining another year Based on desired office qualityBug:5843
92 -30 worried about having a horribly substandard tomb after gaining another year
93 -20 worried about having a horrible tomb after gaining another year
94 -10 worried about having an awful tomb after gaining another year
95 -5 worried about having a very poor tomb after gaining another year
96 -3 worried about having a poor tomb after gaining another year
97 -10 was greatly angered at the state of demands recently
98 -5 was very angered at the state of demands recently
99 -3 was angered at the state of demands recently
100 -3 was upset by not having enough chests lately
101 -3 was upset by not having enough cabinets lately
102 -3 was upset by not having enough armor stands lately
103 -3 was upset by not having enough weapon racks lately
104 -3/-2 was upset to be wearing old clothing lately Outdoors
105 -5/-3/-2 was upset to be wearing tattered clothing lately Outdoors
106 -10/-5/-3 was very upset to have worn clothes rot away lately Outdoors
107 -20/-10/-5 was very embarrassed to be uncovered lately Outdoors, does not occur
108 -10/-5/-3 was embarrassed to have no shirt lately Outdoors, does not occur
109 -10/-5/-3 was embarrassed to have no shoes lately Outdoors, does not occur
110 -20/-10/-5 was very embarrassed to be uncloaked lately Outdoors, does not occur
111 -3/-2 was caught in the rain recently Outdoors
112 -3/-2 was caught in a snow storm recently Outdoors
113 -4*x was (put off/flustered/upset/very upset/greatly upset/angered/enraged/shattered/traumatized/utterly traumatized)
by a lesser's pretentious (office/sleeping/dining/burial) arrangements lately
114 -50 was unable to find an available hammer lately
115 -5 was upset by having a mandate ignored lately
116 -3 was upset by having a mandate deadline missed lately
117 -5 was upset by having a request ignored lately
118 -10 was angered that nobody could be punished for a recent failure
119 -5 was upset that a criminal could not be properly punished
120 -5 was upset by the delayed punishment of a criminal
121 -10/-5/-3/-2 was beaten recently Tragedy
122 -20/-10/-5/-3 was beaten with a hammer recently Tragedy
123 -10 is depressed about being confined
124 -10 was unhappy with the amount of available work last season
125 -20 had a terrifying nightmare about an army of the dead Does not occur
126 +x admired a (fine/very fine/splendid/wonderful/completely sublime) (building) lately
127 +2*x admired own (fine/very fine/splendid/wonderful/completely sublime) (building) lately
128 +2*x admired a (fine/very fine/splendid/wonderful/completely sublime) tastefully arranged (building) lately
129 +4*x admired own (fine/very fine/splendid/wonderful/completely sublime) tastefully arranged (building) lately
130 +3 was comforted by a wonderful creature in a cage recently
131 +3 was comforted by a wonderful creature in a pond recently
132 +5 was pleased by having a request approved lately
133 +20 was glad to have punishment reduced recently
134 +20 was glad to have punishment delayed recently
135 +5 beat somebody recently
136 +5 beat somebody with a hammer recently
137 +20 was honored to join the Royal Guard
138 +10 was honored to join the Fortress Guard
139 +5 has been satisfied at work lately
140 +10 was happy to have pleased a noble lately
141 +1000 is quite pleased with making an artifact
142 +10 made a satisfying acquisition lately
143 +10 adopted a new pet recently
144 +10 took joy in slaughter lately
145 +2 ate a pretty decent meal lately
146 +3 ate a fine dish lately
147 +5 ate a wonderful dish lately
148 +10 ate a truly decadent dish lately
149 +20 ate a legendary meal lately
150 +2 had a pretty decent drink lately
151 +3 had a fine drink lately
152 +5 had a wonderful drink lately
153 +10 had a truly decadent drink lately
154 +20 had a legendary drink lately
155 +5 was comforted by a pet lately
156 +5 saw a beloved creature lately
157 +10 was pleased to have a mandate deadline met lately
158 +2 talked with a friend lately
159 +5 made a friend recently
160 +10 was pleased that the tax collection went smoothly lately
161 +5 was comforted by a lovely waterfall lately
162 +30 conducted a meeting in a setting worthy of legends recently
163 +20 conducted a meeting in a fantastic setting recently
164 +10 conducted a meeting in a great setting recently
165 +5 conducted a meeting in a very good setting recently
166 +3 conducted a meeting in a good setting recently
167 +20 dined in a legendary dining room recently
168 +10 dined in a fantastic dining room recently
169 +5 dined in a great dining room recently
170 +3 dined in a very good dining room recently
171 +2 dined in a good dining room recently
172 +20 slept in a bedroom like a personal palace recently
173 +10 slept in a fantastic bedroom recently
174 +5 slept in a great bedroom recently
175 +3 slept in a very good bedroom recently
176 +2 slept in a good bedroom recently
177 +10 was greatly pleased at the state of demands recently
178 +5 was very pleased at the state of demands recently
179 +3 was pleased at the state of demands recently
180 +30 celebrated having a legendary tomb after gaining another year
181 +20 celebrated having a fantastic tomb after gaining another year
182 +10 celebrated having a great tomb after gaining another year
183 +5 celebrated having a very good tomb after gaining another year
184 +3 celebrated having a good tomb after gaining another year
185 +20 enjoyed starting a fist fight recently
186 +20 enjoyed smashing up a building recently
187 +10 enjoyed toppling something over recently
188 +5 enjoyed throwing something recently
189 +10 had a satisfying sparring session recently
190 +1000 is happy to be free
191 -20 was nauseated by the sun lately
192 -10 was irritated by the sun lately
193 +10 was able to rest and recuperate lately
194 +10 received water recently
195 +10 received food recently
196 +10 was rescued recently
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