amativeness


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amativeness

An obsolete term for the tendency to love—i.e., amorousness.
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Another phrenological term Whitman deployed was "amativeness," which described men's capacity for attachment to and sexual desire for women and vice versa.
In Democratic Vistas (1871/1982), for example, Whitman distinguishes, as has been pointed out, between a spiritualized bonding between men, "adhesiveness," and a more purely physical attraction between men and women, "amativeness." In Whitman's view, "adhesiveness," which he sees as exclusively male, has the potential to transform America into a more egalitarian and progressive society.
These organs included such things as amativeness, cautiousness, secretiveness, destructiveness, benevolence, language, and acquisitiveness.
According to phrenological theory, the human brain was made up of a number of different organs each corresponding to an exotically named mental faculty such as amativeness, acquisitiveness, or philoprogenitiveness.
One list included the following (4): Amativeness Philoprogenitiveness Inhabitiveness Adhesiveness Combativeness Destructiveness Secretiveness Acquisitiveness Constructiveness Self-esteem Love of approbation Cautiousness Benevolence Veneration Firmness Conscientiousness Hope Marvelousness Ideality Gaiety or Mirthfulness Imitation Individuality Configuration Size Weight and Resistance Coloring Locality Calculation Order Eventuality Time Melody Language Comparison Causality
But accommodations were achieved once one member noted that the practice of wearing hair tied up actually exposed the "seat of amativeness" (the back of the neck).