Affect - Definition

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Affect describes the basic affective state in immediate reaction to certain situations. It represents the fundamental aspect of affectivity. It can be agreeable, disagreeable, positive or negative. Affect is then a psycho-emotional reaction which varies depending on the individuals and the situations and which influences the person's behavior. As an involuntary and unconscious reaction, affect is generally considered to be in opposition with intellect. Affect is one of the elements that contributes to impulses.