chapter  7
The Strange Cognitive Benefits of Mild Dysphoria:
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O ne of the greatest puzzles about human nature concerns the fascinatingand still poorly understood interplay between thinking and feeling,rational and emotional ways of dealing with the world around us. Affect is a ubiquitous and powerful phenomenon in our lives, yet research on human affectivity has been neglected until recently. Of the three basic faculties of the human mind that dominated philosophy and empirical psychology for the last few hundred years-cognition, affect and conation-affect remains arguably the last and least well understood (Hilgard, 1980).