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Emotional Sensitivity

The manipulation of emotions has some real dangers [Ekman, 1991]. What if the Affective Tigger became permanently depressed and the owner couldn't snap him out of it? Could such an occurrence produce schizophrenic, or depressive behavior in a child? What if a child found the Affective Tigger `overly' engaging? Might she become emotionally manipulative as a result of extended interaction with the Affective Tigger? These are a important questions which need further research.

Dana L Kirsch
Tue May 25 08:59:22 EDT 1999