Hesitation: Impulsivity and Reflection

Hesitation: Impulsivity and Reflection

Hesitation: Impulsivity and Reflection

Hesitation: Impulsivity and Reflection

Synopsis

This volume constitutes the first book-length study of the human phenomenon of hesitation. Though he places special emphasis on the disciplines of psychology and the social sciences, Doob examines views from such diverse fields as physiology and philosophy, and seeks to determine when and why human beings are impulsive or reflective. The effects of the central nervous system, culture and society, personality development, and the influence of others are all analyzed, and techniques that can be employed to modify hesitation are discussed.

Excerpt

Again and again and again each of us, because we are human, asks the same questions: why do I hesitate, why should I hesitate? and variants occur: why did I hesitate, why should I have hesitated? the questions are asked not only about ourselves but also about other persons. We thus immediately show concern for two interrelated problems, the explanation and the morality of hesitation.

But what is hesitation? By definition hesitation shall refer to the time elapsing between the external or internal stimulation of an organism and his, her, or its internal or external response. the human being who appraises is the principal, the human being who witnesses the person's hesitation is the observer. the principal experiences the internal response and may arrive at a judgment or reach a decision before reacting externally; the observer views only the external response but may make inferences concerning the principal's internal response or questions him or her concerning that response. Since temporal intervals vary in duration, reference is made to degrees of hesitation.

Into that last paragraph the leading concepts to be employed in this book have been hurriedly packed. Let us catch . . .

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