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A 23-year-old male asked:

Why can i cry about sad things that happen in video games or cartoons, but if the same thing happens in real life i can't? is this a mental condition?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Mystery of life: The truth is that most of us are like this, men and women. Often fantasy engages our emotions intensely, but in real-life situations we need to stay clear-headed to deal with a real-life situation. Some people can cry at will ("crocodile tears") to perhaps simulate strong emotion, but the truth is i'm glad you're focused on action rather than giving way to emotion that may overwhelm. Enjoy being u.

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Last updated Jul 1, 2018

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