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Depends. Do you see those changes, that can result form real life heart replacement, as a psychological disorder?
There's quite the difference between the emotional after-effects and life-style changes that follow heart replacement surgery and 'personality changes'. Waking up a different person following surgery that doesn't involve the brain is a psychological or psychosomatic side-effect. Having a change of heart in the metaphorical sense is neither
Also if the dead (i.e ghosts) are real, why would being able to see them be classed as a psychological disorder? Unless we have systems build in to stop us seeing them I guess.
''If' the dead were real, seeing them would not be a disorder but rather a literal 6th sense I suppose. But the dead are not real, and if you see them there is something wrong with you.
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Depends. Do you see those changes, that can result form real life heart replacement, as a psychological disorder?

There's quite the difference between the emotional after-effects and life-style changes that follow heart replacement surgery and 'personality changes'. Waking up a different person following surgery that doesn't involve the brain is a psychological or psychosomatic side-effect. Having a change of heart in the metaphorical sense is neither

I was referring to the significant number of cases where recipients of heart donations have taken on characteristics of the donors, or at least personality traits they didn't have before. These theory was given some credence by the discovery of a kind of 'brain' (neural tissue) located in the heart.
I don't think that is real, in the sense that I'm not denying that those people are having the experiences they report, but rather that the explanation "the heart is capable of storing memories/personality traits in a little side brain" is extremely unlikely.

I cannot discount the possibility entirely of course, but until there's some sufficient evidence, that notion is pseudo-science at best.
54 dryunya31st Dec 2011 01:02:57 AM from nom nom nom , Relationship Status: Forming Voltron
Uh, what?
That theory sounds like the I Robot movie. I don't think there is enough neural tissue in a heart to make a noticeable impact on one's personality.
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I do think it has more to do with the very human tendency to see patterns in chaos. People change their habits after a brush with death. One of these habit changes matches up with something their donor liked. Donee learns about it, attributes it to transplanted organ.
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I believe it may be some form of survivor's guilt. Somebody's dead and a piece of them lives on inside you (so you may live). I can easily imagine that such a thought has an effect on a person.
57 Gabrael5th Jan 2012 01:17:43 PM from My musings , Relationship Status: Is that a kind of food?
Jumping in to say:

Give me new eyes and a new spinal column. Everything else will be just for fun if I got anything like that. But honestly, a new spine alone would make my life so rewarding, I wouldn't be so selfish as to push my luck.
"It will be glorious." - Aszur

"Now that I'm making this all up Let me into your know." - Kaleida
58 Ramidel5th Jan 2012 03:19:24 PM , Relationship Status: Above such petty unnecessities
I wouldn't mind Red Eyes, Take Warning, myself. My glasses are a PITA anyway.
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