SHALLOW AFFECT By N., Pam M.S. - April 13, 2013 impairment in ability to react emotionally, even in times of intense feeling. See flat affect. SHALLOW AFFECT: "Joe suffered from shallow effect and could not react emotionally to many situations." Related Psychology Terms RESTRICTED AFFECT APRAXIA OF GAIT BLUNTED AFFECT FIGURE-GROUND PERCEPTION CAUSALGIA ATTENTIONAL BLINK READING DISORDER TONAL SENSATION REFRACTORY FLAT AFFECT Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "SHALLOW AFFECT," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 13, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/shallow-affect/ (accessed July 10, 2020).