The Emotions and the Ergotropie and Trophotropic Systems
Journal/Book: Psychol Forsch. 1970; 34: 48-94.
Abstract: The characteristics of the ergotropic and trophotropic systems are described on the basis of stimulation and lesion experiments. The integration of autonomic and somatic processes is stressed. Muscle tone, hypothalamic and emotional excitability are positively correlated. Willed changes in muscle tone may therefore be used to control emotions.The trophotropic rebound following strong ergotropic excitation represents a physiological mechanism for effectively terminating emotional excitement. It is difficult, however to utilize this mechanism in social situations arousing emotions.