Emotional vampires are those who, by a combination of their emotions, will cause them to die.
That’s the title of a new study that compares how emotionally active people feel with the average person.
The researchers looked at the feelings of 10,000 people.
Emotional vampire syndrome has existed for years, but until now it was mostly anecdotal and people who were depressed, or who had a family history of it, didn’t show any symptoms.
But now the study, led by Stanford University psychologist David R. Friedman, says people can actually show symptoms that look like the condition.
Emotionally active people often have a sense of loss and guilt, the researchers found.
For example, people with a family member who died from an illness or a disease may experience the loss of the loved one and the feeling of guilt and sadness, as well as the need to find another person to care for them.
But the researchers also found that some people have a more extreme case of emotional vampire syndrome, including those who are depressed or have a family background of it.
People with anorexia nervosa and obsessive compulsive disorder have a lower chance of being diagnosed with emotional vampire, but the study found that the people who are more severely affected had worse moods and less positive affect.
They also had worse sleep quality, as measured by the Sleepiness Index.
And they had worse emotions, too, the study reported.
Friedman’s study also found emotional vampire has an association with depression, and a recent study found people who had been diagnosed with depression were also more likely to have been diagnosed as emotional vampires.
For the study to be significant, it has to show people with emotional vampires, who are likely to be more severely depressed, are also more susceptible to depression and have a higher risk of heart disease.
The new study included people from 20 countries, from different regions, with different life experiences.
The research team also looked at how people reacted to images of a person with emotional vulnerability, which included an emotional vampire.
They looked at 10 images of the person and asked them to indicate whether they would prefer to be touched, held or kissed, the participants said.
If they said yes, they were more likely than the non-emotional participants to say they would rather be touched or kissed.
When the participants were asked to choose between a person who was more vulnerable than they were, they had an average of six negative emotions.
Those people were more vulnerable in some other ways.
For instance, they reported experiencing more anger than they did the nonemotional people.
And when they were asked how emotionally vulnerable they felt, they said the person they liked was more emotionally vulnerable than the person who didn’t.
And their response was a negative one.
The study authors didn’t say what the emotions were that triggered the negative responses.
The more emotionally-vulnerable someone is, the more negative their response would be, the authors wrote.
“The findings suggest that people with an emotional vulnerability that is greater than their level of emotional vulnerability may be at increased risk of developing depression, a serious and debilitating illness,” Friedman said.
The findings are in the Journal of Affective Disorders.