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. If dwarves are particularly unhappy, they may throw tantrums, and may enter fell or macabre strange moods.
To view a dwarf's thoughts, press
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. There are also some personal traits listed on the bottom.
 Happy thoughts
A catalog of happy thoughts:
- "Slept in a (good) quality bedroom recently"
- "Dined in a (good) quality dining room lately"
- "Had a pretty decent/fine/good/wonderful/truly decadent drink/meal lately" -boosted by food pref?
- "Is quite pleased with making an artifact" - huge boost
- "Admired a fine craft/furniture/building lately"
- "Admired a own fine craft/furniture/building lately" -both of these boosted by material pref.
- "Made a friend recently"
- "Talked with a friend lately"
- "Talked with the spouse lately"
- "Talked with a parent lately" -Child
- "Was comforted by a pet recently"
- "Received water/food recently"
- "Gave somebody water/food lately"
- "Was comforted by a lovely waterfall lately" - Mist from falling water
- "Has been rescued recently" - Wounded
- "Was able to rest and recuperate lately" - Wounded
- "Made a satisfying acquisition lately."
- "Has been satisfied at work lately" -boosted by preferences
- "Had a satisfying sparring session lately"
- "Pleased to have a mandate deadline met lately" - you are treating the nobles wrong, they get cocky
- "Conducted a meeting in a great setting recently"
- "Was honored to join the Fortress Guard"
- "Took joy in slaughter lately"
- "Beat somebody with a hammer recently" - Hammerer
- "Was glad to have punishment delayed recently" - Criminal
- "Is happy to be free" - criminal after his sentence ended
- "Was very pleased to receive a higher rank of nobility recently" - Count
- "Was very happy to be elected mayor recently" - Mayor
- "Was satisfied to bring up job scarcity in a meeting lately" - after a meeting at the manager's office
- "Cried on somebody in charge lately and felt a little/lot better afterwards" - result of an unhappy dwarf using mayor's consoler skill.
- "Shouted at someone in charge recently, and felt better afterwards" - result of an unhappy dwarf using mayor's pacifier skill.
 Unhappy thoughts
A catalog of unhappy thoughts:
- "Slept without a bed / Slept in the mud"
- "Slept without a decent room lately"
- "Ate in poor dining room recently" - Noble
- "Slept uneasily due to noise recently"
- "Was awoken by noise while sleeping lately"
- "Complained of the lack of chairs / tables"
- "Was upset to be wearing old/tattered clothing lately" -removed/deferred for later versions
- "Complained about the draft"
- "Complained of thirst lately"
- "Has been dehydrated"
- "Has been starving lately"
- "Was upset at having given aid to someone lately" -personality trait
- "Lost a good friend/husband/wife/child"
- "Had a miscarriage recently" - Married female
- "Was knocked out during a cave-in lately"
- "Sustained minor injuries lately"
- "Was annoyed by vermin"
- "Has been accosted by terrible vermin" -personal dislike
- "Was disgusted by miasma"
- "Has been annoyed by flies"
- "Was nauseated by the sun lately"
- "Has witnessed death"
- "Is depressed about being confined"
- "Was unhappy with the lack of work last season"
- "Was unable to make suggestions about work allocations lately" - Manager
- "Was unable to find someone to complain to about job scarcity lately"
- "Was shouted at by an unhappy citizen lately" - After counselling an unhappy dwarf
- "Was upset to have disappointed a noble recently" - Tax Collector
- "Was misinformed about a room for tax collection recently" - Tax Collector
- "Was worried not to have adequate protection lately" - Tax Collector
- "Was upset by having a mandate ignored lately" (heh, noble gets what's coming to him!)
- "Conducted a meeting in an awful setting recently" - Mayor
- "Was angered that nobody could be punished for a recent failure" - Noble
- "Was upset/flattened/shattered/enraged/traumatized/utterly traumatized by a lesser's pretentious sleeping/dining/office/burial arrangements lately" - Noble
- "Has been evicted lately"
- "Formed a grudge recently"
- "Was caught in the rain lately"
 The mechanics of thoughts
|This article contains massive spoilers. If you do not wish to have your game experience spoiled, do not scroll down!|
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. 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:
|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|
The method by which one is chosen for thoughts with multiple negative bonus possibilities is presently unknown. It appears that some are merely incremented for each occurrence. Others apparently are chosen by the severity of the incident that caused the thought.
 Thoughts Experienced
There are 217 thoughts that a dwarf can experience in this version of Dwarf Fortress. Many 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):
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 much the dwarf enjoys working outdoors - somebody who "likes working outdoors and grumbles only mildly at inclement weather" will receive the minimum penalty listed.
|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|
|12a||-50/-30/-20/-10||has been attacked by a dead pet lately|
|12b||-50/-30/-20/-10||has been attacked by a dead spouse lately|
|12c||-50/-30/-20/-10||has been attacked by own dead mother lately|
|12d||-50/-30/-20/-10||has been attacked by own dead father lately|
|12j||-50/-30/-20/-10||has been attacked by a dead lover lately|
|12l||-50/-30/-20/-10||has been attacked by a dead sibling lately|
|12m||-50/-30/-20/-10||has been attacked by own dead child lately|
|12n||-50/-30/-20/-10||has been attacked by a dead friend lately|
|12o||-50/-30/-20/-10||has been attacked by a dead and still annoying acquaintance lately|
|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||0/-2/-3/-5/-10/-20/-30||has complained of the lack of chairs lately||Based on desired dining room quality, base index 2; if no desired dining room quality, maximum outdoor preference reduces this to index 1|
|20||-2||has complained of the crowded tables lately|
|21||0/-2/-3/-5/-10/-20/-30||has complained of the lack of dining tables lately||Based on desired dining room quality, base index 1|
|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|
|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 (contaminated) 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||-200/x||has suffered the travesty of art defacement||Based on number of masterworks produced|
|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 to tragedy recently||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|
|54j||-20/-10/-5/-3||was forced to endure the decay of a lover||Tragedy|
|54l||-20/-10/-5/-3||was forced to endure the decay of a sibling||Tragedy|
|54m||-20/-10/-5/-3||was forced to endure the decay of a child||Tragedy|
|54n||-20/-10/-5/-3||was forced to endure the decay of a friend||Tragedy|
|54o||-20/-10/-5/-3||was forced to endure the decay of an annoying acquaintance||Tragedy|
|55||-10||ate rotten food lately|
|56||-10||drank something spoiled lately|
|57a||-10/-5/-3/-2||was grumbling about long patrol duty lately||Tragedy|
|57b||-20/-10/-6/-4||was depressed by long patrol duty lately||Tragedy|
|57c||-30/-15/-9/-6||was angered by long patrol duty lately||Tragedy|
|57d||-40/-20/-12/-8||was enraged by long patrol duty lately||Tragedy|
|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||-50/-30/-20/-10/-5/-3||was embarrassed to have to conduct an official meeting in a dining room||Based on desired office quality|
|64||-50/-30/-20/-10/-5/||was very embarrassed to have to conduct an official meeting in a bedroom||Based on desired office quality|
|65||-50/-30/-20/-10||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||0/-2/-3/-5/-10/-20/-30||slept in the mud recently||Based on desired bedroom quality; if none, Outdoors index 6/3/1 with additional +1 if not a soldier or hunter|
|69||0/-2/-3/-5/-10/-20/-30||slept in the grass recently||Based on desired bedroom quality; if none, Outdoors index 4/2/1 with additional +1 if not a soldier or hunter|
|70||0/-2/-3/-5/-10/-20/-30||slept in the dirt recently||Based on desired bedroom quality; if none, Outdoors index 4/2/1 with additional +1 if not a soldier or hunter|
|71||0/-2/-3/-5/-10/-20/-30||slept on rocks recently||Based on desired bedroom quality; if none, Outdoors index 3/1/0 with additional +1 if not a soldier or hunter|
|72||0/-2/-3/-5/-10/-20/-30||slept on a rough cave floor recently||Based on desired bedroom quality; if none, Outdoors index 2/1/0 with additional +1 if not a soldier or hunter|
|73||0/-2/-3/-5/-10/-20/-30||slept on the floor recently||Based on desired bedroom quality; if none, Outdoors index 1/0/0 with additional +1 if not a soldier or hunter|
|74||0/-2/-3/-5/-10/-20/-30||slept on ice recently||Based on desired bedroom quality; if none, Outdoors index 4/2/1 with additional +1 if not a soldier or hunter|
|75||0/-2/-3/-5/-10/-20/-30||slept on a pile of driftwood recently||Based on desired bedroom quality; if none, Outdoors index 5/2/1 with additional +1 if not a soldier or hunter|
|76||0/-2/-3/-5/-10/-20/-30||slept without a proper room recently||Based on desired bedroom quality; base index 1 if not a soldier or hunter|
|77||-20||slept in a horribly substandard bedroom recently|
|78||-10||slept in a horrible bedroom recently|
|79||-5||slept in an awful bedroom recently|
|80||-3||slept in a very poor bedroom recently|
|81||-2||slept in a poor bedroom recently|
|82||-30||conducted a meeting in a horribly substandard setting recently|
|83||-20||conducted a meeting in a horrible setting recently|
|84||-10||conducted a meeting in an awful setting recently|
|85||-5||conducted a meeting in a very poor setting recently|
|86||-3||conducted a meeting in a poor setting recently|
|87||-20||dined in a horribly substandard dining room recently|
|88||-10||dined in a horrible dining room recently|
|89||-5||dined in an awful dining room recently|
|90||-3||dined in a very poor dining room recently|
|91||-2||dined in a poor dining room recently|
|92||0/-2/-3/-5/-10/-20/-30||dined without a proper dining room recently||Based on desired dining room quality|
|93||-3/-5/-10/-20/-30/-50||worried greatly about not having a tomb after gaining another year||Based on desired office quality; due to a bug, though, this thought never happens anyways|
|94||-30||worried about having a horribly substandard tomb after gaining another year|
|95||-20||worried about having a horrible tomb after gaining another year|
|96||-10||worried about having an awful tomb after gaining another year|
|97||-5||worried about having a very poor tomb after gaining another year|
|98||-3||worried about having a poor tomb after gaining another year|
|99||-10||was greatly angered at the state of demands recently|
|100||-5||was very angered at the state of demands recently|
|101||-3||was angered at the state of demands recently|
|102||-3||was upset by not having enough chests lately|
|103||-3||was upset by not having enough cabinets lately|
|104||-3||was upset by not having enough armor stands lately|
|105||-3||was upset by not having enough weapon racks lately|
|106||-3/-2/0||was upset to be wearing old clothing lately||Outdoors|
|107||-5/-3/-2||was upset to be wearing tattered clothing lately||Outdoors|
|108||-10/-5/-3||was very upset to have worn clothes rot away lately||Outdoors|
|109||-20/-10/-5||was very embarrassed to be uncovered lately||Outdoors|
|110||-10/-5/-3||was embarrassed to have no shirt lately||Outdoors|
|111||-10/-5/-3||was embarrassed to have no shoes lately||Outdoors|
|112||-20/-10/-5||was very embarrassed to be uncloaked lately||Outdoors|
|113||-3/-2/0||was caught in the rain recently||Outdoors|
|114||-3/-2/0||was caught in a snow storm recently||Outdoors|
|115||-4 * severity||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|
|116||-50||was unable to find an available hammer lately|
|117||-5||was upset by having a mandate ignored lately|
|118||-3||was upset by having a mandate deadline missed lately|
|119||-5||was upset by having a request ignored lately|
|120||-10||was angered that nobody could be punished for a recent failure|
|121||-5||was upset that a criminal could not be properly punished|
|122||-5||was upset by the delayed punishment of a criminal|
|123||-10/-5/-3/-2||was beaten recently||Tragedy|
|124||-20/-10/-5/-3||was beaten with a hammer recently||Tragedy|
|125||-10||is depressed about being confined|
|126||-10||was unhappy with the amount of available work last season|
|127||-20||had a terrifying nightmare about an army of the dead|
|128||+x||admired a (fine/very fine/splendid/wonderful/completely sublime) (building) lately||x == min(5, (buildvalue/128) + 1)|
|129||+2x||admired own (fine/very fine/splendid/wonderful/completely sublime) (building) lately||x == min(5, (buildvalue/128) + 1)|
|130||+2x||admired a (fine/very fine/splendid/wonderful/completely sublime) tastefully arranged (building) lately||x == min(5, (buildvalue/128) + 1)|
|131||+4x||admired own (fine/very fine/splendid/wonderful/completely sublime) tastefully arranged (building) lately||x == min(5, (buildvalue/128) + 1)|
|132||+3||was comforted by a wonderful creature in a cage recently|
|133||+3||was comforted by a wonderful creature in a pond recently|
|134||+5||was pleased by having a request approved lately|
|135||+20||was glad to have punishment reduced recently|
|136||+20||was glad to have punishment delayed recently|
|137||+5||beat somebody recently|
|138||+5||beat somebody with a hammer recently|
|139||+20||was honored to join the Royal Guard|
|140||+10||was honored to join the Fortress Guard|
|141||+5||has been satisfied at work lately|
|142||+10||was happy to have pleased a noble lately|
|143||+1000||is quite pleased with making an artifact|
|144||+10||made a satisfying acquisition lately|
|145||+10||adopted a new pet recently|
|146||+10||took joy in slaughter lately|
|147||+2||ate a pretty decent meal lately|
|148||+3||ate a fine dish lately|
|149||+5||ate a wonderful dish lately|
|150||+10||ate a truly decadent dish lately|
|151||+20||ate a legendary meal lately|
|152||+2||had a pretty decent drink lately|
|153||+3||had a fine drink lately|
|154||+5||had a wonderful drink lately|
|155||+10||had a truly decadent drink lately|
|156||+20||had a legendary drink lately|
|157||+5||was comforted by a pet lately|
|158||+5||saw a beloved creature lately|
|159||+10||was pleased to have a mandate deadline met lately|
|160||+2||talked with somebody lately|
|160a||+2||talked with a pet lately|
|160b||+2||talked with the spouse lately|
|160c||+2||talked with mother lately|
|160d||+2||talked with father lately|
|160j||+2||talked with a lover lately|
|160l||+2||talked with a sibling lately|
|160m||+2||talked with a child lately|
|160n||+2||talked with a friend lately|
|160o||-2||was forced to talk to somebody annoying lately|
|161||+5||made a friend recently|
|162||+10||was pleased that the tax collection went smoothly lately|
|163||+5||was comforted by a lovely waterfall lately|
|164||+30||conducted a meeting in a setting worthy of legends recently|
|165||+20||conducted a meeting in a fantastic setting recently|
|166||+10||conducted a meeting in a great setting recently|
|167||+5||conducted a meeting in a very good setting recently|
|168||+3||conducted a meeting in a good setting recently|
|169||+20||dined in a legendary dining room recently|
|170||+10||dined in a fantastic dining room recently|
|171||+5||dined in a great dining room recently|
|172||+3||dined in a very good dining room recently|
|173||+2||dined in a good dining room recently|
|174||+20||slept in a bedroom like a personal palace recently|
|175||+10||slept in a fantastic bedroom recently|
|176||+5||slept in a great bedroom recently|
|177||+3||slept in a very good bedroom recently|
|178||+2||slept in a good bedroom recently|
|179||+10||was greatly pleased at the state of demands recently|
|180||+5||was very pleased at the state of demands recently|
|181||+3||was pleased at the state of demands recently|
|182||+30||celebrated having a legendary tomb after gaining another year|
|183||+20||celebrated having a fantastic tomb after gaining another year|
|184||+10||celebrated having a great tomb after gaining another year|
|185||+5||celebrated having a very good tomb after gaining another year|
|186||+3||celebrated having a good tomb after gaining another year|
|187||+20||enjoyed starting a fist fight recently|
|188||+20||enjoyed smashing up a building recently|
|189||+10||enjoyed toppling something over recently|
|190||+5||enjoyed throwing something recently|
|191||+10||had a satisfying sparring session recently|
|192||+1000||is happy to be free|
|193||-20||was nauseated by the sun lately|
|194||-10||was irritated by the sun lately|
|195||+10||was able to rest and recuperate lately|
|196||+10||received water recently|
|197||+10||received food recently|
|198||+10||was rescued recently|
|199a||-10||was unable to find somebody to complain to about job scarcity lately|
|199b||-10||was unable to make suggestions about work allocations lately|
|199c||-10||wwas unable to request weapon production lately|
|199d||-10||was unable to find somebody on charge to yell at lately|
|199e||-10||was unable to find somebody on charge to cry on lately|
|200d||-6/-4/-3/-2||was yelled at by an unhappy citizen lately||Tragedy|
|200e||-6/-4/-3/-2||was cried on by an unhappy citizen lately||Tragedy|
|201a||+10||was satisfied to bring up job scarcity in a meeting lately|
|201b||+10||was able to make suggestions about work allocations lately|
|201c||+10||was glad to request weapon production lately|
|201d||+x|| had a cathartic experience yelling at somebody in charge lately
yelled at somebody in charge lately and felt (fantastic/great/a lot better/better/a little better) afterward
yelled at somebody in charge lately (but only got angrier)
|x = min(severity / 20, 100)|
|201e||+x|| had a cathartic experience crying on somebody in charge lately
cried on somebody in charge lately and felt (fantastic/great/a lot better/better/a little better) afterward
cried on somebody in charge lately (but only felt more depressed)
|x = min(severity / 20, 100)|
|202||+30||was very happy to be elected mayor recently|
|203||+30||was very happy to be re-elected mayor recently|
|204||+30||was very satisfied to be chosen as the expedition leader recently|
|205||+30||was very pleased to receive a higher rank of nobility recently|
|206||+30||was proud to have become a mayor recently|
|207||+20/+10/+5/+3/0/-3/-5/-10/-20|| was (overjoyed to be/happy to have been/pleased to have been) able to give somebody water lately
gave somebody water lately
(was irritated at/was unhappy at/has suffered the pain of) having to give somebody water lately
|Varies based on ALTRUISM personality trait|
|208||+20/+10/+5/+3/0/-3/-5/-10/-20|| was (overjoyed to be/happy to have been/pleased to have been) able to give somebody food lately
gave somebody food lately
(was irritated at/was unhappy at/has suffered the pain of) having to give somebody food lately
|Varies based on ALTRUISM personality trait|
|209||+20/+10/+5/+3/0/-3/-5/-10/-20|| was (overjoyed to be/happy to have been/pleased to have been) able to help somebody to bed lately
brought somebody to bed lately
(was irritated at/was unhappy at/has suffered the pain of) having to haul somebody to bed lately
|Varies based on ALTRUISM personality trait|
|210||+1000||gave birth to (children) recently|
|211a||+250||got married recently|
|211i||+250||became caught up in a new romance recently|
|211k||+100||gained (a) sibling(s) recently|
|211l||+500||became a parent of (children) recently|
|212||-5||formed a grudge recently|
|213||-50/-30/-20/-10||has lost a lover to tragedy recently||Tragedy|
|214||-10/-6/-4/-2 * x||(has lost/was just a little happy to lose/was happy to lose/was thrilled to lose) an annoying acquaintance to tragedy recently||Tragedy; x intended to range from -5 to +5 based on SYMPATHY personality trait but does not due to bug|
|215||-5||has been tired of eating the same old food lately|
|216||-5||has been tired of drinking the same old booze lately|