Synthesis - Symptom notes - Sentimental
Prompted by feelings of tenderness, sadness or nostalgia. Or aroused by such feelings
- Affectedly or extravagantly emotional
- Gushy, mawkish, romantic, slushy, sobby, soft, soppy, gooey, schmaltzy
- Forceful, logical, desire to meet one’s own ends, motivated, unmoved by apologies
Situation / characterization
- Phlegmatic, drowning in excessive water (Puls.)
- Hiding (Sycotic) behind romantic ideals that obscure the harsh reality that exists in the present.
- There is an element of living in the past where memory holds sway over perception - the realm of water has swamped the cold reason and clear sightedness of elemental Air.
- Fear of being hurt - the “me” inside is a ‘not good enough me’, so looks to support from a partner (Puls.) who is likely to dominate the more whimsical individual, setting a situation whereby there is sadness and nostalgia, as well as extravagant displays of emotion designed to try and ‘get their way’ with emotional blackmail.
- There too is an element of the Sanguine theme of being too open - romantic and naïve versus cold and restrained (Melancholic- cold and dry).
- Too much sentiment can lead to wallowing, setting up a pattern for life to disappoint and leave one feeling forsaken, or having their merits ignored by others.
- Choleric (Hot and Dry): active, forceful and adamant. As structure chiefly governs action, there is less room for emotional respite.
- This is the Yang principle of decisiveness, defining the ego and its place in the world.
- Compared to the Yin funciton, where reflection, restoration and repose take place.