The Self and Its Moods in Depression and Mania

Journal of Consciousness Studies 20 (7-8):7-8 (2013)
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This discussion is about the moods characteristic of depressive and manic states. Moods are distinguished from the emotions they often accompany, and the relationship between these less and more cognitive, and seemingly less and more intentional, states is provided preliminary clarification. Epistemic deficiencies identified here, when combined with differences of quality and quantity in the moods and motivations that beset the depression and mania sufferer, seem likely to hinder self-knowledge and self-integration. These deficiencies, it is argued, may help explain why the extreme moods found in states of depression and mania contribute to our inclination to regard these conditions as disorder



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Jennifer Radden
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