A hypothetical distinction between the Depressive and Non-Depressive

I would like to propose a hypothesis.

Perhaps the most pressing difference between the depressive mind and the non-depressive one is the nature of the emotional architecture which inheres in each and its general orientation to the world as “sensitivity”.

Under the framework of this hypothesis, it is supposed that that which is most regulating of the mood of the non-depressive mind is the specific context of the moment. Depending on the ratio of positivity-negativity bound up within an absolute present, the mood of the non-depressive will not oscillate dramatically outside of that. Thus, it is argued that the sensitivity of the non-depressive is ultimately oriented towards the “context of the current experience”.

For the depressive, on the other hand, the regulation of the mood is not derived from a specific context in one time but potentially trans-contextually, from many different contexts of many different times. And depending on the outcome of a general summation of all these different contexts, whether overall good, or overall bad, the mood of the depressive will follow. The sensitivity for the depressive, therefore, is ultimately much more oriented towards the “context of multiple experience”.

Now, of course, this is just a hypothetical proposition. However, it does have the interesting implication that the depressive mind could be looked at as a bellwether for a more generalised picture of the total state of things, of experience overall, as opposed to the non-depressive mind which, equally important but for a different purpose, is much more connected to the experience of an immediate time and/or location.

I would argue that we are more than well-acquainted with looking at the non-depressive in this way, but not yet so accustomed to taking up the depressive from this point of view. Perhaps, it should be adopted into formal consideration.

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