EPICRITIC SENSATION

A cutaneous sensation such as pressure or temperature that is detected at a low level of sensitivity.

EPICRITIC SYSTEM

One of the 2 divisions of the somatosensory system where receptors are sensitive to joint movement and light touch and deep pressure.

EPISTEMOPHILIA

The love of knowledge. See curiosity.

ENVIRONMENT

All of the external factors around us that influence us.

ENCEPHALIZATION

Transfer of cognitive functions from more primitive brain areas to cerebral centres during evolution. See evolution of the brain.

EPIGENESIS

1. 1. Theory that the features of an organism arise from interaction between genetic and environmental influences. See nature-nurture controversy. 2. Genetics. Occurence of...

EDGE THEORY

The theory that when we are in a life threatening situation the anxiety produces a survival function.

EXPERIENTIAL THERAPY

A form of depth psychotherapy developed by Karl A. Whitaker and Thomas P. Malone (1953), in which the patient achieves greater maturity largely through...

ELATION

A mood of exaggerated well-being and joyous excitement accompanied by restless energy and a confident, optimistic attitude.The most typical psychiatric manifestation of elation is...

EMOTION

The complex reaction pattern that involves experiential, behavioural and physiological elements.

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