Affect

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In everyday English usage and when used as a verb, affect concerns the influence of something on another person or object.

'Affect' also has a number of specialised meanings:

  • In psychology, affect is an emotion or subjectively experienced feeling, or the involvement of such processes in a psychological system or theory. Contrast with mood, which is more sustained.
  • Although not the mainstream usage, psychologist Edward Titchener used the word 'affect' in more specific way, to refer to a pleasantness-unpleasantness dimension of feeling.
  • In literary aesthetics affect refers to the emotional sense created in the reader or receiver of a literary work. These affects may be broadly grouped by their mode of writing, and relationship with time. Catharsis the affect of dramatic completition of action in time. Kairosis the affect of novels whose characters become integrated in time. Kenosis the affect of lyric poetry which creates a sense of emptyness and timelessness.
  • In Linguistics, affect refers to the emotional tone of a text or an utterance. "Affective displays" are one of the five categories of kinesics.

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