I'm interested in knowing if there are any creatures, monsters, spirits, etc that feed on negative human emotions- specifically grief and regret. Alternately, anything that is specifically attracted to these emotions would also be of interest to me. They can be from any tradition/mythology.

Thanks so much for any answers/ contributions!

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    Monsters feeding on "emotion type", this will so include grief/regrets are numerous. In Christianity Incubus/succubus. Vampires are commonly doing that thing... Remember Dracula's way of attacking female to turn them to their spouses. Not too mention much more folklores related "psychic vampires". Other folklore, Harry Potter's Dementors are clearly feeding on emotions. – Gibet Jan 12 '18 at 9:56
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    There are some spirits in Slavic mythology, I believe, (Czech republic) that "steal" sorrow from someone in mourning. But I don't know the name and I think I have ever seen a name, they are simply "Běs" which can sort of translate to demon. – Nuloen The Seeker Jan 26 '18 at 22:44

I'd suggest doing some reading on Buddhist "demons", the daughters of Mara in particular.

Wiki lists the three daughters as:

  • Taṇhā ("thirst, desire, longing, greed")
  • Arati ("aversion, discontentment")
  • Raga (""greed, sensuality, lust, desire")

The wiki also mentions two other daughters, associated with Pride and Fear.

There is definitely the idea that such demons "feed" on negative human emotions, becoming "stronger" the more a person gives in to these negative feelings.

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    Sorry that I don't have time to go to direct sources, but I thought this general answer would at least serve as a helpful pointer for further research. – DukeZhou Jan 12 '18 at 18:56

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