The Psychology of the Emotions

The Psychology of the Emotions

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The Psychology of the Emotions

The Psychology of the Emotions

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In all affective manifestations there are two elements: the
motor states or impulses, which are primary; the
agreeable or painful states, which are secondary--
Unconscious organic protoplasmic sensibility; micro
organisms--Are there pure states of feeling?--
Affirmative facts--The period of needs, the instinct
of conservation--The period of primitive emotions--
How they may be determined; the genetic or chrono
logical method--Fear, anger, affection, the self-feeling,
sexual emotion--Are joy and grief emotions?--The
abstract emotions and their conditions--The passions
are the equivalent in feeling of an intellectual obsession
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AT the outset it may be useful to sketch in rough outline the general evolution of the life of feeling from its humble origin in organic sensibility to its highest and most complex forms. Afterward we shall present the corresponding and inverse picture, that of its dissolution.

If we take at random, in the form in which daily experience gives them to us, the states known under the vague names of "sentimens," "emotions," passions"; joy and sorrow, a toothache, a pleasurable perfume, love or anger, fear or ambition, æsthetic enjoyment or religious emotion, the rage of gambling or benevolence, the shudder or the sublime or the discomfort of disgust, and so on, for they are innumerable, one first observation is obvous even on a super-

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