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sthenic emotion


from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun See emotion.


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  • "Emotions are of two kinds: strength-giving, sthenic emotions, like cheer, self-confidence, good will, love; and the strength-taking, asthenic emotions, like fear, shame, gloom. Even the weakening emotions have their place and use; there are times when we should be checked in mid-career. Yet such emotions are good only by exception and for a short time. The strength-giving emotions are for long and steady use; they add impetus, they put driving force into the machinery of interest and purpose."

    January 24, 2018