Pleasure FAQs:

Q: Is pleasure a broad class of mental states that humans and other animals experience as positive?

A: Yes, and enjoyable, or worth seeking.

Q: Is pleasure often regarded as a bipolar construct?

A: Yes, and meaning that the two ends of the spectrum from pleasant to unpleasant are mutually exclusive.

Q: Is pleasure called hedonophobia?

A: Yes.

Q: Is pleasure considered to be one of the core dimensions of emotion?

A: Yes.

Q: Was pleasure the chief good and pain the chief evil?

A: Yes.

Q: Is pleasure an affect and not an emotion?

A: Yes, as it forms one component of several different emotions.

Q: Is pleasure experienced by other animals rather than being an exclusive property of humankind?

A: Yes, however, it is now known that animals do experience pleasure, as measured by objective behavioral and neural hedonic responses to pleasurable stimuli.

Q: Is pleasure sometimes subdivided into fundamental pleasures that are closely related to survival and higher-order pleasures?

A: Yes, The clinical condition of being unable to experience pleasure from usually enjoyable activities is called anhedonia.

Q: Is pleasure subjective and different individuals will experience different kinds and amounts of pleasure in the same situation?

A: Yes.