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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
10) It is little wonder that when Coverdale sees Hollingsworth after his solitary imaginings, he feels remorse--even less wonder that this paragraph precedes both Coverdale's declaration that he finds Hollingsworth beautiful and the description of Blithedale as a Golden Age that promotes polyamorous amativeness, that authorizes "any individual, of either sex, to fall in love with any other, regardless of what would elsewhere be judged suitable and prudent" (67).
In addition, he was found to have qualities indicative of an "healthy American male," those being Amativeness (desire for physical love), Adhesiveness (attachment to others), Self-Esteem, and Individuality.
In the case of Milkman, the amativeness and terror that he associates with the dream of the witch may be connected with the oedipal overtones of the nursing he has been subjected to by his mother.