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Is there any good evidence that sadness causes chest pain ("heart ache")?

There is a fairly recently recognized medical condition called stress-induced cardiomyopathy, associated with chest pain and physical damage to the left ventricle: Because this weakening can be ...
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Are psychologists more immune to psychological problems?

Barriers to Psychologists Seeking Mental Health Care by Jennifer L. Bearse, Mark R. McMinn, Winston Seegobin, and Kurt Free of George Fox University asks a similar question. Professional ...
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What are the real motives of people helping to each other?

TLDR While I have provided a full answer explaining Karpman's Drama Triangle, you can skip that and go to the last heading (Your question). Basis of my answer If you are approaching this question as a ...
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Open-source software for analyzing Electrodermal activity

I have found a list of Python and Matlab packages. I'll summarize them over here. As soon as I have gone through the packages, I'll provide some additional details. Online edaExplorer: Also in Python....
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What is the difference between affect and feeling?

According to constructionists (e.g., Russell & Barrett, 1999), affect (or "core affect") is a composite of valence and arousal, which underlies all emotional experience. So when I feel good and ...
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Is a low Emotional Intelligence (EQ) pathological?

Shortly , a low EQ is not a sufficient condition to diagnose a mental psychiatric disorder. This is the DSM-V Proposal for the Definition of Mental/Psychiatric Disorder All these features have to be ...
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Can you get sad by sniffing onions, just like you can get happy by forcing yourself to smile?

I assume you're referring to the experiment by Strack, Martin, and Stepper (1988) in which people rated a cartoon as funnier when they had to hold their face in a smile shape by gripping a pencil in ...
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Is there a scientific explanation for dramatic body shaking and trembling in religious settings? (see videos for illustrative examples)

The exhibited behaviours are episodic glossolalia, collapsing, fainting, trembling, jerking, convulsing, contorting, and shaking. The individuals performing these episodic behaviours report ...
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Emotional energy exchange between bodies?

I would not consider David Hawkins to be a credible source. His PhD was from a degree mill that was shut down by court order. He has been flagged by the Cult Education Institute and Quackwatch. ...
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Can listening to sad songs lead to depression?

If you are talking about clinical depression as an illness, the direct answer to your question is: I don't know. There was a study of the effect of different genres of music on how people felt (...
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Does psychology have a name for emotions that a person can feel but cannot name?

The term used for recognizing emotions is affect labeling (also know as emotions labelling). The act of labelling an emotion requires similar cognitive mechanisms used for labelling a cat or a dog (...
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Is "Emotional Pain Addiction" real?

There are 2 phenomena that you could be referring to here. One is negativity addiction, and the other is general negativism. While psychoanalysis is considered by some here to be pseudoscientific, ...
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Is there a (evolutionary) purpose of self-pity?

Short answer Self-pity may not have any evolutionary benefit, but may instead be part of the social capabilities allowing to feel empathy. Empathy in turn is a crucial component in social interactions....
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Can we identify specific emotions on the basis of fMRI scans?

From meta-analyses that include musical emotion inductions, there is not much evidence that we can reliably distinguish between emotions in the brain, independent of the emotion induction procedure or ...
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Are emoji smiles also contagious?

Yes. Emoji smiles are contagious just like real human smiles. As this study suggest the brain activity observed when people look at emojis is the same when we look at real faces, and subsequently ...
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What's a simple definition for reactive attachment disorder?

The beginnings of theories based on attachment regarding long and short term interpersonal relationships is Attachment Theory which was started by John Bowlby. Attachment Theory is primarily applied ...
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Are emotions needed to make decisions?

Phineas Gage style indeed (is that a precursor to Gangnam style?) - ironically (referring to one large iron rod), Phineas Gage's accident is believed to have entirely removed his OFC, as well as parts ...
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Is there any disease that prevents a person from being angry?

Short answer Brain damage is typically associated with increased expression of anger and aggressive behavior. I wasn't able to find any paper reporting lack of anger expression after brain damage. ...
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How to ask in a survey for emotional vs. rational personality

I know that Helen Fisher, who is a love researcher, has developed a four factor personality model where two of the factors are quite relevant to your question. See (Fisher et al, 2015) for some ...
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Does the subconscious mind communicate its analysis through emotions?

First, there's not complete agreement in psychology nor neuroscience: you can find support for most any imaginable position. But in terms of the consensus of recent peer-reviewed work, here are some ...
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Can someone be healed from a long-held addiction or compulsive disorder in an instant and without therapy due to a dramatic spiritual experience?

The answer to this question is indeed: We don't know - as @ChrisRogers correctly explained. However, let me mention some related research that may help shed some light on the question. Previous ...
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What's the behaviour of downplaying the importance of something you wanted but didn't get called?

In general, rationalization is: ... a defense mechanism in which controversial behaviors or feelings are justified and explained in a seemingly rational or logical manner to avoid the true ...
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Where exactly do Emotions and Feelings arise in the human body?

As far as we know, all the "thinking parts" are in the brain/central nervous system. That includes emotions and feelings, which are labels for certain cognitive experiences. Definitely not ...
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Prevalence of mental health problems in medical professionals caused by exposure to death?

I believe, and I do not know if good quality epidemiological evidence exists, that such situations may trigger abnormal illness representations among medical professionals. Factitious disorders, for ...
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When we are sad, why do we feel pain in our stomachs?

Coming in super late to this one, but I think Nick's answer only gets at one side of the equation. He's suggesting that sadness might cause stomach pain (somatization), which is likely true. ...
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Why do people commit suicide?

As a person who has dealt with 12 years of chronic bipolar depression and anxiety with multiple serious suicide attempts, I would say that much of reason behind the attempts have to do with pure ...
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Official Color-Emotion relations

Not really, that would be too easy! Because there are several factors which can influence the emotion from the color. I have several in mind: One of them is cultural background, as norms and habits, ...
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Can curiosity be described as an emotion?

The currently accepted model of curiosity is that of Litman. It describes curiosity as a sort of motivating factor: Curiosity as a feeling of deprivation (CFD) reflects feelings of uncertainty and ...
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How beneficial is attending a funeral in the process of grieving and why?

So I had a quick look into your question (not my area). It turns out there is long established journal called "Death Studies" that focuses specifically on "bereavement and loss, grief therapy, death ...
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