Faculties of the Criminal Mind: Amativeness

The concept of “amativeness,” or sexual love, reinforces the elements of attraction and infatuation in human behavior. According to the phrenological studies of Spurzheim and Gall, as well as the physical findings of Browne, the this faculty is centered in the largest organ of the mind. (i) The instincts and infatuation associated with intimate or sexual love are, according to Browne, reserved for marital love and devotion. However, in the absence of marriage or another romantic relationship, an individual may anchor that infatuation on the object of his or her vice.

-Elisabeth A. Boniface

Works Cited

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