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Contributions To Phenomenology
In describing his attempts to delineate the diverse faces of melancholy, Robert Burton famously compares this task to that of "capturing a many-headed beast" (Radden 2000: 8). Melancholy indeed has an extremely variegated history; however, among the extraordinary persistence of its described traits, such as an inhibition from activity, paralysis and deep sadness without cause, 1 two polar attributes dominate: detachment and self-absorption. Moreover, its dialectical nature, which has keptdoi:10.1007/978-94-007-1503-5_5 fatcat:fdatfaq2wndznis2n2q7zcb2rq