From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Pleasure is a positive sensation, though Arthur Schopenhauer, 19th Century German philosopher, understood pleasure as a negative sensation, as it negates the usual existential condition, that of suffering. It is commonly conceptualized as somehow opposed to pain, though it has received much less scientific attention.
Pleasure can be brought about in different ways, depending on how every individual feels the feeling of pleasure. Some feel this phenomenon through music, sexuality, writing, accomplishment, recognition, service, and any other imaginable activity; even pain.
It also refers to "enjoyment" related to certain physical, sensual, emotional or mental experience.
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