Q: If psychopaths are people who can’t experience emotion or have low levels of emotional response, are there people with inappropriately high levels of emotional response?
A: One place way psychology categorizes people who have inappropriately high levels of emotional response is in terms of the “affective disorders,” like depression and anxiety. Both diagnoses refer to people who have distressing emotions too strong, too long-lasting, and too out-of-place. From the EI perspective, these problems are with emotional self-regulation. While psychiatry tends to treat these too-high emotional response conditions with drugs, an alternative approach is to teach people to enhance their emotional self-management skills themselves, without medication. The most fruitful such approach is mindfulness-based cognitive therapy.