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A filled Thought Cabinet.

The early version of the Thought Cabinet.

The Thought Cabinet and its Thoughts are a game mechanic in Disco Elysium, offering insight into your life prior to the case, as well as stat bonuses and other minor gameplay differences.

Overview[]

Depending on choices made over the course of a playthrough, there will be a plethora of different Thoughts to internalize. Not every Thought can be earned in one playthrough, such as White Mourning (and potentially The Bow Collector) being opposite to Caustic Echo depending on which ledger is acquired, or Ace's Low and Ace's High being more or less the same skill with minor differences.

If a free slot is available in the Thought Cabinet, a discovered Thought may be equipped to begin researching it. While a Thought is being researched, a temporary skill penalty or bonus will be granted. During this process, the Thought may be equipped and unequipped freely, pausing or resuming the research. After a set amount of in-game time has passed, the equipped Thought will cause "breakthrough", after which a white thought orb will appear, and it will become permanently internalized. Forgetting a thought after this point will require a skill point to remove it, and it will be gone permanently from the Thought Cabinet for the remainder of the playthrough.

Research time does not progress for internalized Thoughts while sleeping.

Unique Thoughts[]

While most thoughts simply offer bonuses to Harry's skill point totals, some have unique effects.

Thoughts[]

Name Temporary Research Bonus Lasting Bonuses Research Time Acquisition
Ace's High +1 Empathy towards Kim +1 Empathy towards Kim Kitsuragi

+1 Esprit de Corps

2h 45m After successfully shooting down the Hanged Man, Harry can acquire this thought by giving Kim a high-five.
Ace's Low +2 Empathy towards Kim +2 Empathy towards Kim Kitsuragi

+1 Esprit de Corps

2h 45m After successfully shooting down the Hanged Man, Harry can acquire this thought by high-fiving Kim and waiting for an Ace's Low (requires Interfacing ≥ 5).
Actual Art Degree -1 Perception -1 Hand/Eye Coordination

Conceptualization passives heal +1 Morale and give +10 XP

1h 30m Harry must agree to being an Art Cop after choosing 4 related dialogue options.
Advanced Race Theory -1 Drama Learning Cap for Rhetoric raised to 5

+1 Conceptualization

1h 40m Requires Harry to pass a Conceptualization check while talking to Measurehead.
Anti-Object Task Force -2 Pain Threshold Attacking physical objects heals damage

+1 Pain Threshold

All FYS learning caps raised by 1

2h 15m Gained after Harry continually hits inanimate objects.
Apricot Chewing Gum Scented One -1 Reaction Speed +2 Perception 5h 5m Smell both the card in the hidden compartment of the Damaged Ledger and the Apricot Chewing Gum Wrapper found in the pocket of Pour L'Homme Labourer Jeans.
Arno van Eyck +1 Interfacing All MOT white checks unlocked

Reveal Arno van Eyck gig posters in the world

50m Once Egg Head has been given the Reel of Magnetic Tape, Harry must agree with Acele that Arno van Eyck lives around Martinaise.
Bankruptcy Sequence -1 Empathy Int Check Failures give 1 reál 5h 15m Gained after Harry pitches an idea to the Mega Rich Light-Bending Guy.
Boiadeiro -1 Physical Instrument -1 Esprit De Corps

Cigarettes give +2 INT

6h 30m After Harry speaks to Evrart Claire, speaking to Call Me Mañana and passing an Inland Empire check will allow him to question whether he is a Boiadeiro himself.
Bringing of the Law (Law-Jaw) -1 Rhetoric Learning Cap for Hand/Eye Coordination raised to 6

Automatically Succeed all Hand/Eye Coordination passives

-1 Rhetoric

2h 55m Harry must refer to himself as "The Law", "Lawbringer", or a policeman multiple times.
Caustic Echo +1 Volition +300 xp on Completion

-1 Authority

All MOT learning caps raised by 1

10h After Harry successfully opens the hidden compartment in the Damaged Ledger, he must throw the card into the wind (must be outside).
Cleaning Out the Rooms None +1 Suggestion

+1 Inland Empire

+1 Rhetoric

5h 35m Available if Harry is able to pass a Logic check with Soona at the church after investigating the void of sound (Day 3+).
Coach Physical Instrument -2 Encyclopedia +2 Physical Instrument if shirt slot is empty

-1 Encyclopedia

40m Fail the pétanque Red Check with Gaston Martin and René Arnoux. Requires ≥ 2 points in Physical Instrument.[citation needed]
Col Do Ma Ma Daqua None +3 Perception

-1 Encyclopedia

7h 10m After Harry speaks with Lena about the invisible Phasmid, a thought orb will appear after he walks outside. Listening closely will grant the thought.
Cop of the Apocalypse -1 Rhetoric Learning cap for Inland Empire raised to 6

Learning cap for Shivers raised to 6

Pyrholidon gives +2 PSY

6h 55m Harry must agree to being an Apocalypse Cop after choosing 4 related dialogue options.
Date of Birth Generator None Learning Cap for Logic raised to 4

-1 difficulty to all FYS passives

7h 15m Acquired after Harry wonders when he was born.
Detective Costeau -2 Conceptualization +1 Savoir Faire

+1 Esprit de Corps

2h 30m After failing a Conceptualization check when first speaking to Kim, Harry may choose to refer to himself as Detective Costeau. Once he finds his badge and discovers his legal name, refusing it will award the thought.
Fairweather T-500 -1 Savoir Faire +2 Hand/Eye Coordination against enemies in FT-500 armour 3h 30m After Harry finds one of four pieces of the Fairweather T-500 armour he may equip one of them to gain this thought.
Finger on the Eject Button +2 Authority

+2 Suggestion

Suicidal ideas every evening 2h If Harry has ≥ 5 Pain Threshold, fails the Hardie boys Authority check, and chooses suicidal dialogue options, he will gain this thought.[citation needed]
Finger Pistols (9mm) -2 Savoir Faire +1 Reaction Speed

Empty hand slots give Suggestion +1

1h If Harry has ≥ 5 Composure when first talking to Siileng and chooses to produce finger guns, he will gain this thought.
Guillaume le Million -1 Logic +1 Pain Threshold

All PSY Learning Caps raised by 1

4h 30m Gained if Harry passes an Encyclopedia check while looking into the mirror in his room at the Whirling-in-Rags or Coastal Shack.
Hardcore Aesthetic -2 Interfacing +1 Volition

+1 Endurance

1h 50m Harry must sync sines with Noid, then pass the resulting Conceptualization check.
Hobocop -1 Composure Reveals extra Tare bottles on the map

More money from selling tare bottles

Learning cap for Shivers raised to 6

4h 20m Gained after Harry refers to himself as Hobocop.
Homo-Sexual Underground None Stopped obsessing about sexuality

Allows Harry to discuss sexuality with Kim.

8h Harry must pass the Composure check when first talking to the Smoker on the Balcony, then ask if he's in the homo-sexual underground after he appears in the Whirling-in-Rags.
Indirect Modes of Taxation -2 Empathy Ultraliberal dialogue options give +1 reál

-1 Empathy

1h 45m Acquired immediately if Harry wears the Brown Derbies, or after 4 Ultraliberal points have been earned.
Inexplicable Feminist Agenda +2 Authority vs Males +1 Empathy

-1 Electrochemistry

3h 45m Harry must claim to be a feminist after Garte admits what he believes the true reason behind Sylvie leaving was.
Jamais Vu (Derealization) None +1 XP for every orb clicked

All INT learning caps raised by 1

3h 25m After Harry speaks to Lena about the world of Elysium, she will suggest talking to to Joyce Messier to learn more. Asking Joyce where they are will grant this thought.
Kingdom of Conscience -2 Half-light Moralist Dialogue options heal +1 Morale

Learning Cap for Volition raised to 5

Learning cap for Logic raised to 5

1h 25m Acquired immediately if Harry wears the Interisolary Trousers, or after 4 Moralism points have been earned.
Lonesome Long Way Home +1 Encyclopedia Perception learning cap raised to 5

Speed gives 1 PSY

6h 5m Acquired after Harry wonders where his home is.
Magnesium-Based Lifeform -1 Shivers +2 Volition

-1 Logic

1h 15m Gained after Harry speaks to to Cuno about the Magnesium found in his shack.[citation needed]
Mazovian Socio-Economics -2 Visual Calculus Left-wing Dialogue options give +4 xp

-1 Visual Calculus

-1 Authority

3h 10m Acquired after Harry earns 4 Communism points.
Motorway South -1 Visual Calculus +1 Inland Empire

All INT White Checks Unlocked

8h 10m Acquired after Harry speaks with both Joyce Messier and the Paledriver about the Pale.
One More Door +1 Half-light -1 Half-Light

All PSY White Checks Unlocked

45m Trying and failing to open the bunker door north of the Church, will award Harry with this thought.
Opioid Receptor Antagonist -2 Electrochemistry No positive effects from drugs

No negative effects from alcohol

55m If Harry insists that Klaasje Amandou's drugs are nothing to be proud of, he will gain this thought.
Overproductive Honour Glands -4 Drama Learning cap for Authority raised to 5 20m Harry must agree to being an Honour Cop after choosing 4 related dialogue options.
Regular Law Official -2 Inland Empire -1 Shivers

-1 Inland Empire

All learning caps raised to 3

1h 20m Harry must agree to being a Boring Cop after choosing 4 related dialogue options.
Remote Viewers Division -1 Perception -1 Difficulty to all PSY Passive Checks

-1 Drama

6h Gained if Harry shows interest in the Remote Viewers Division, ESP, and the para-natural whenever it is brought up.
Revacholian Nationhood -1 Composure Nationalist dialogue options damage -1 Morale

Alcohol gives +2 FYS

9h 10m Acquired after Harry earns 4 Fascism points.
Rigorous Self-Critique -1 Authority INT and PSY Red Check failures heal +1 Morale

FYS and MOT Red Check failures heal +1 Health

Learning Cap for Pain Threshold increased to +6

6h Harry must agree to being a Sorry Cop after choosing 4 related dialogue options.
Searchlight Division None +2 Perception 3h 15m Acquired after Harry speaks to Lena, Lilenne and the Working Class Woman about missing people.
Some kind of Superstar -2 Logic -1 Logic

Learning cap for Visual Calculus raised to 6

Learning cap for Suggestion raised to 6

Learning cap for Electrochemistry raised to 6

Learning cap for Composure raised to 6

1h 10m Harry must agree to being a Superstar Cop after choosing 4 related dialogue options.
The Bow Collector -1 Authority

-1 Hand/Eye Coordination

+3 Shivers 6h 10m If Harry has ≥ 6 Conceptualization after opening the hidden compartment in the Damaged Ledger and did not throw away the card, he will gain this thought while speaking to the Ancient Reptilian Brain about the bow collector. May be acquired alongside White Mourning.
The Fifteenth Indotribe None +10 cents for each green orb clicked

Learning Cap for Savoir Faire raised to 6

5h 55m Speaking to Joyce Messier about how The Wild Pines Group ships "8 percent of *all* cargo in the world", will allow Harry to gain this thought.
The Insulindian Miracle None All White Checks unlocked 7h 45m Once Harry tells Joyce Messier about the Union's ultimate end goal and listens to her explanation of the history of the isolas' discovery, he will gain this thought.
The Jamrock Shuffle -1 Esprit de Corps Find better loot in locked containers 1h 5m Gained after Harry opens several locked doors and containers.
The Litany of Contact Mike -1 Logic

-1 Conceptualization

-1 Drama

All FYS White Checks unlocked 15m Gained after Harry speaks to Acele about Contact Mike.
The Precarious World All red checks fail Critical success/failure thresholds -1 4h Acquired after Harry succeeds at a Shivers check with the Novelty Dicemaker.
The Suicide of Kras Mazov -1 Rhetoric +1 Rhetoric

White Check failures heal all Morale

4h 45min Gained after Harry refers to himself as Kras Mazov multiple times.
Torque Dork -2 Conceptualization +2 Interfacing

All Interfacing White Checks unlocked

25m Gained after Harry talks about motor carriages with Kim multiple times. Requires high Interfacing.[citation needed]
Volumetric Shit Compressor None All currently locked white Endurance checks unlocked

Learning cap for Endurance raised to 4

30m After throwing up twice while attempting to examine the corpse of the Hanged Man, Kim will tell Harry to "get his shit together" if he states he no longer wishes to work for the RCM, prompting this thought.
Waste Land of Reality -2 Physical Instrument -1 Physical Instrument

-1 Inland Empire

-1 Suggestion

+1 to all PSY skills

No positive effects from Alcohol

20h Harry may acquire this thought by either speaking to Measurehead after he internalizes Advanced Race Theory and telling him he needs to get sober, or by speaking to Tiago on Day 3+.
White Mourning -1 Authority +20% Zoom Out Distance

All MOT learning caps raised by 1

5h Available if Harry opens the hidden compartment in his Damaged Ledger, and reads card inside it.
Wompty-Dompty Dom Centre -1 Suggestion Encyclopedia passives give +10 xp and +2 reál

-2 Suggestion

42m Acquired after Trant Heidelstam tells Harry about the Wompty-Dompty Dom Centre.
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