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June 1939

Grundformen der Affektivität (Die Zustandsgefühle beim gesunden und kranken Menschen).

Arch NeurPsych. 1939;41(6):1275. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1939.02270180203018

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The impression that one gains in reading this unusual and stimulating treatise on the basic forms of affective response is that of a wealth of ideas constructed on the basis of a somewhat superficial skimming of the varied methods of approach to this field. The fundamental features of the monograph could be expressed as consisting of three motives, which run through the whole exposition. First, there is the attitude that is best expressed in the quotations from Pascal, which are found in the opening and concluding paragraphs of the book and which stress the fact that feeling or sentiment or instinct (the three being used more or less interchangeably) is more fundamental in human contact and the appreciation of one's status in the environment than is the faculty of logical reasoning, which is a somewhat superficial and flimsy instrument as compared with feeling. Second, the function of feeling is an