Emotional Insanity Law and Legal Definition

Emotional insanity is the insanity that is produced by a violent excitement of the emotions or passions. Under emotional insanity, reasoning faculties may remain unimpaired. It is a passion that creates complete derangement of intellect. Emotional insanity is also described as an irresistible impulse to do an act. However, the law does not recognize emotional insanity as a defense in homicide cases. [Barbour v. State, 262 Ala. 297 (Ala. 1954)].