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Affective Flattening

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Updated April 23, 2007

Definition:
Affective flattening refers to a decrease in, or a low level of, an individual's emotion, shown as a wooden quality to one's emotions or a near absence of emotionality. It can also be described as a restricted range and intensity of emotional expression. Affective flattening is one of the "negative symptoms" of schizophrenia.
Also Known As: Blunted affect, flattened affect

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