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What is a term for a (fantastical) creature that consumes feelings and emotions for nourishment?

(Google searches amusingly turn up only discussions about "emotional eating" in the sense of people that over-eat when they're depressed.)

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TV Tropes just calls them emotion eaters. Or you could go with their subcategory thereof - "psychic vampires" –  FumbleFingers Feb 4 at 18:31
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@ Southpaw Hare: I think you will struggle to find an "official" term for such a "fantastical" referent, but half-a-dozen people indexed by Google have used the word emotovore, which would probably be transparent enough in context. –  FumbleFingers Feb 4 at 18:35
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@FumbleFingers - darn. I didn't see your comment, I was busy looking. I have the same source for emotion eaters as well. If you post your answer, I'll remove mine. Though I do like your emot(i?)vore. –  medica Feb 4 at 18:48
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@Susan: Your emotivore is much better than my emotovore (over 250 hits on Google). Add that in and I'll upvote your answer! –  FumbleFingers Feb 4 at 19:05
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Emotiphage maybe? –  Milo Price Feb 4 at 23:50
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An Emotion Eater is someone who draws psychic nourishment or power from another person's emotions, and will usually do what they can to instill those emotions in others.

They are very similar to Psychic Vampires, ankle biters, energy vampires and other fantasy named creatures.

HT to @FumbleFingers for emotovore, which actually produced emotivore, used in Doctor Who.

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+1 for Psychic Vampire. "Emotional vampire" would very clearly evoke specifically feeding off of emotions. –  Niel de Beaudrap Feb 4 at 23:53
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Try emotional vampire. You may want to read this entry. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychic_vampire#Emotional_vampires

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Found this article: psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2009/10/27/… –  Louel Feb 4 at 20:58
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The best term for this is psychic vampire. This is sometimes abbreviated psy-vamp (or psi-vamp). Alternate terms for these entities include energy vampire, energy predator, energy parasite, and energivore, as well as psionic vampire, pranic vampire, and empathic vampire.

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You mean kind of like an incubus or a succubus? (It's just a thought . . ..)

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That's an example, but I'm looking for a general, broad term. –  Southpaw Hare Feb 4 at 18:45
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In contemporary philosophy, there is the Utility Monster. Put simply, he gets so much pleasure from the things that please him that everyone else suffering in the world but him being happy leads to a happier world overall. In this way, it operates as a challenge to Utilitarianism.

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