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Melancholic Habits: Burton's Anatomy & the Mind Sciences

Jennifer Radden


To find a coherent account of normal and abnormal psychology from within Burton’s religious presuppositions and humoral explanations requires selection and interpretation. This reading highlights Burton’s stress on the role of the imagination in inciting and averting melancholy; his emphasis on daily habits of thought in engendering, as well as avoiding, severe disorder; the multidirectional feedback loops linking feeling and thought in his particular version of embodied interactionism; and the centrality of symptoms, natural history and habituation in his conception of disease. Much of the An ... More

Keywords: melancholy, interactionism, imagination, disease model, fear and sadness, melancholising, prevention, self-care

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780199348190
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199348190.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jennifer Radden, author
University of Massachusetts, Boston