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Schur, M. (1969). Affects and Cognition. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 50:647-653.

(1969). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 50:647-653

Affects and Cognition

Max Schur


I tried first to reformulate Freud's signal concept by emphasizing the cognitive process and by eliminating his anthropomorphic-teleological formulations, and I extended the signal concept to other affects. This reformulation made Freud's objection to the existence of unconscious affects invalid. I finally arrived at the conclusion, on the basis of these reconsiderations, that the cognitive factor was an intrinsic part of all affects. I believe that this formulation is a logical extension of Freud's definition: 'Anxiety is a reaction to danger', and that it permits a full reconciliation of our affect theory with the structural point of view.

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