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What is affective action?

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Affective action was part of Max Webers Verstehen or "the ideal types of action". It describes that people may be motivated to behave in certain ways out of a love for an inaminate object which may have been assignined physical attributes by its owner. For example there was one character in the highly popular and influential Cartoon Network show Ed, Edd & Eddy who insisted upon carrying around a plank of wood but actually referring to it on first name bases simply as "Plank". The child would be motivated to do actions out of love for Plank and many say this affectionate, if not unsettling, relationship was intended by the writers of Ed, Edd & Eddy to be a metaphor for affective action.

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