The Question of the Psychological Structure of Affects

  • Angelina Tereshchuk Kostiuk Institute of Psychology of the NAPS of Ukraine, Romenets Laboratory of General Psychology and History of Psychology
Keywords: emotions; feelings; affects; affective reactions; integration; psychological structure of affect; mental health; personality


The article examines the nature of affect development, its regression and implication in the theories of different psychological approaches of modern psychology. Benefits and comparative significance of affects for the whole psychobiological activity are presented and described. The mechanisms of affect influence on behaviour and personal reactions to external stimuli are defined. Affects become specific as their meanings and circumstances are associated with certain situations, reactions, feelings, bodily gestures, facial expressions and words. They are associated with certain objects and states of the Ego and can acquire protective functions. The affect psychological structure is such that the given emotional state influences the psyche in general, and in particular, the consciousness.


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