The relationship between appropriateness of emotional response and delay of motor behavior
Andrews, Robert Sewall
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This study examined certain aspects of the relationship between appropriateness of emotional response and delay of motor behavior. It related two different ego functions ia terms of a more general principle of ego control. Theoretical formulations were derived from Rapaport's unification of a whole array of ego functions by means of the concept of ability to delay. Delay entails inhibition of impulsive reactions and a complex differentiation and control process culminating in adaptive action. There is presumably an organized control system such that an individual is quite self-consistent in exercising control in various contexts. A review of pertinent studies revealed considerable support for the existence of generalized delaying capacity. Evidence of interrelationships among measures of motor inhibition, cognitive inhibition, and inhibition of the behavioral expression of an affect was cited. [TRUNCATED]
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