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*rolls eyes* you are over thinking it. I don't think you are anywhere near qualified enough to psychoanalyze people based on the games they enjoy.
You don't know my credentials, and psychoanalysis is not acceptable anymore. I am a neuroscientist with an anthropologist as a friend. I am not trying to solidify my claim and make it 100 percent acceptable at this time, but I am asking people to consider it. I do not care about doing any anthropological studies on the relevant subcultures either, for I do not care enough.
I know plenty of people who enjoy the games for the gameplay rather than the social links. And having played P3P, the social links are hardly a good simulator of real life interaction with people.
Couldn't conditioned sensibilities, unconscious desires, or whatever motivate why we enjoy the gameplay? And how can you separate the social links from Persona 3 and 4's gameplay when it is an integral part of them?
While I doubt the fact you enjoy Persona 3 and 4, I feel as if it's the case for the majority of people, since strengthening social links make up a big portion of the gameplay, and one must sit through endless character drivel about trivial social stuff.