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By Patricia B. Santora, Margaret L. Dowell, Jack E. Henningfield

Dependancy to alcohol, tobacco, and different medicinal drugs is among the significant public overall healthiness problems with our time. It debts for one in all each 5 deaths within the usa and prices nearly one-half trillion money in keeping with 12 months in wellbeing and fitness care charges and misplaced productiveness. Its human expenses are untold and maybe uncountable. habit and artwork places a human face on dependancy in the course of the inventive paintings of people who've been touched through it. The paintings integrated right here offers specific tales approximately dependancy. Many items are stark representations of existence at the side. Others are tense contemplations of existence, which means, and dying. a few even mirror the attract of habit and a keenness for substance abuse. A panel of dependancy scientists, artists, and execs from the artwork international chosen the sixty one items incorporated right here from greater than 1,000 submissions. observed by way of a written assertion from the artist, each one construction is emblematic of the harmful energy of habit and the regenerative energy of restoration. attractive and sometimes unsettling, this designated portfolio finds dependancy paintings as a strong supplement to dependancy technology.

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As an example of this he cites a bizarre incident from his childhood when he fainted while stirring - out of curiosity - a bucket of horse blood. He was sure there was no feeling or thought of repugnance or any unfortunate associations that could have explained this behavior. A more familiar instance of this sort of thing is being startled by, say, a loud noise. Here the physical reaction is quite involuntary and spontaneous and need be connected with no awareness of danger. It is worth noting that some recent psychologists have seen in the "startle pattern" phenomenon a kind of model of emotional response in general.

1 1 The Principles oj Psychology, 2 vols. (New York, 1950), Vol. 2, p. 449. EMOTION 31 It is as if James is asking of what an emotion is made and he answers that an emotion is made of the bodily sensations caused by the physiological responses to certain stimuli. It is his definition of emotion that gives this sense to the question and makes it seem as if the task of investigating emotion is merely one of cataloguing the sensations that make up each particular emotion and tracking down the bodily changes that cause them.

449-450. Loc. Cit. EMOTION 33 practice of giving reasons to explain feelings. I am sure this is not what he intended and certainly he would not represent what he is doing as rejecting a practice for he would want to say that he is getting at the truth of what such explanation really is. He has, nevertheless, gotten it all wrong and instead of showing that common sense is mistaken he has only changed the subject. If we keep James' definition of emotion in mind it is obvious that the kind of explanation he thinks is correct is one that states the physical and physiological causes of sensations.

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