Physiological Analysis

These days it’s fashionable for authors of reviews to substitute analysis and argument with detailed descriptions of their physiological responses to whatever they are reviewing. I’ve noticed this in students’ essays where instead of analyzing a work of literature, the author lists one’s physical reactions to the complexity of the text. 


5 thoughts on “Physiological Analysis”

  1. This post made me scratch my back in amazement
    ——no, wait a minute! I have a rash on my back—THAT’S why I’m scratching.
    Which means I would have scratched myself anyway, no matter what I was reading or my response to it.
    Never mind—scratch this comment (pardon the pun).

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  2. “the author lists one’s physical reactions”

    Is this part of post religious fluidity? There’s no soul or mind anymore just bodies and ideology. Consumers judge the ideology by manifestations in their bodies…


    1. Everything’s definitely become more and more depersonalized.
      But, then again, society’s forte has never been one of “intimate relationship with the individual”. It’s always been pretentious, dogmatic, ritualistic and gimmicky.


    2. Well, I know someone who uses this (I think) to make excuses. “My adrenalin and cortisol levels rose, so I had to do [whatever it was].”


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