Synthesis - Symptom notes - Sentimental



  • Prompted by feelings of tenderness, sadness or nostalgia. Or aroused by such feelings
    • Affectedly or extravagantly emotional
  • Synonyms
    • Gushy, mawkish, romantic, slushy, sobby, soft, soppy, gooey, schmaltzy
  • Antonyms
    • 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. 


Opposite expression

  • 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.