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There is no such universally accepted model. It seems to me that this a specific instance of the hard problem: how can matter have a subjective experience at all? Of course we know positive experience is associated with dopaminergic action, and often the mechanism has the evolutionary function of surviving and reproducing... and we can argue the same for ...


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In terms of thoughts vs emotions, from a clinical psychology perspective, I conceptualize an emotion as a single word or an image (e.g. anger or "seeing red") while I conceptualize thoughts as sentences. So, if I ask a client what he was thinking, and he says "I was angry," I would label that an emotion and encourage them to expand on the thought ("I thought ...


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There is a big difference between being X and showing signs of X. In particular, given reasonable incentives (that are quite abundant in society), people can fake appearances of extroversion and empathy, and some people can do it quite successfully. Some disorders may make it hard[er] to accomplish, but people with a severe lack of empathy (psychopathy) ...


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On the surface, it does seem like social anxiety disorder and extroversion shouldn't both exist in the same person. On the other hand, anongoodnurse has already touched upon a point which leads us to a different conclusion - these traits are on different dimensions. When one takes a closer look at what the two dimensions actually mean, (especially as ...


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It's pretty difficult to imagine a person with Social Anxiety Disorder being an extrovert. The symptoms of SAD include [1]: Intense fear of interacting with strangers and of being judged Worrying about embarrassing or humiliating yourself or that others think that you look anxious Anxiety that disrupts your daily routine, work, school or other ...


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In my experience, being highly empathetic may lend itself to social anxiety because one is attuned and sensitive to the actual and merely perceived thoughts and behaviors of others. This may cause one to read into others' reactions or project one's own feelings. I suspect that since I have a consistently negative self-image, my perception of events and ...


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People who kill themselves usually believe that they are in an unbearable situation from which they cannot escape and that things won't ever get better. The problem with research into the reasons for suicide is that those that successfuly killed themselves can no longer explain their motives, and those that survived might – consciously or unconsciously – ...


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The truth is that very few people who haven't seriously contemplated suicide, or who haven't dealt extensively with many people who have, really understand it. They will, like you, not figure it out, thinking there are so many other options available to them. It is even more puzzling when wealthy people, who have so many more options than most, do so, while ...


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Also can extreme feelings of empathy be detrimental to ones emotional well being? Yes, anything extreme or in excess is not good. Empathy is no exception. In schema therapy (a contemporary therapy for personality disorders), this is called "self-sacrifice schema." Quotation from Jeffrey Young (founder of the therapy)'s book: "Self-Sacrifice, Typical ...



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