I’ve been using this technique for a while now, and it’s helped me a lot when I’m trying to help my son with his ADD.
For the most part, people who use the technique are quite casual about it. Rather than giving you a list of pseudoinstructions, they are more likely to provide you with a picture or something that will help you figure out what to do.
What this means in practice is that pseudoinstructions are a good way to find out what the person who gave you the instructions is trying to tell you. For instance, if you’re trying to help your son with his ADD, you might ask him what he thinks of this pseudoinstructions and what he thinks it says.
But if he tells you that this pseudoinstructions says that you should go to the bathroom, he might be giving you an imprecise instruction. For example, he may be telling you that if you see this picture of a cat, you should go to the bathroom. If he tells you that this pseudoinstructions says that you should pick up the phone, you might be getting a little distracted. You might be thinking about something else instead of what you are supposed to do.
In other words, pseudoinstructions are vague instructions that we give to people. Just because someone gives you one does not mean that it’s a reliable instruction.
In general, instructions are vague because they are often based on what we want to happen and what we are trying to achieve (or not achieve). For example, if you are trying to get a child to brush their teeth, we might give them a set of instructions on how to do it. If you want the child to brush their teeth, but they don’t want to, then you give them a set of instructions saying, “Let me just go to the bathroom.
This is what we call pseudo instructions. These are instructions that are not real instructions but are still meant to accomplish a goal. We give pseudo instructions when we are trying to do something we may not want to do, when we are trying to accomplish something we may not have the ability to accomplish, when we are trying to achieve a goal we are not sure we can achieve.
There’s a difference between a pseudo-guideline that we give to someone and a pseudo-request that they give us. A pseudo-request is meant as a way to get something done that we would not otherwise be doing. We might ask for a permission to meet with someone, or we might not ask for permission to meet with someone. A pseudo-guideline is a request that we give to someone.
I’m going to go ahead and admit that I have a soft spot for pseudo-guidelines. The thing with pseudo-guidelines is that they are not strictly speaking guidelines. They are guidelines that we give our friends as a way to make them feel better. In other words, they function the same way as written instructions.
I have to say that I am very excited to see a game where I could actually use instructions. The new Deathloop does a great job of giving us a lot of them, and the fact that they are pseudo-guidelines, rather than strict rules, is a big part of that. The idea is that these pseudo-guidelines can be used in different ways by players, so it really makes them a fun mechanic in and of itself.