a cognitohazard is a spike, a kinetic projectile, driven past interception systems deep into ones world-bubble, where it explodes into a million shards, fragments ripping apart well crafted links and flipping thought-parts into it's own crystal.
it's a bubble burster.
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they're not the same. a cognitohazard does damage to the person experiencing it, brainworms tend to wiggle their way in softly and pleasantly. "that's just how the world is", they whisper. "just human nature. it's okay"
and then they make you hurt or neglect others