Definition of Effect

Dependent Variable

Short Definitions
A variable whose value depends on that of another
A fact or situation that is observed to exist or happen, especially one whose cause or explanation is in question
What the senses or mind notice
An idea, feeling, or opinion about something or someone, especially one formed without conscious thought or on the basis of extensive evaluation 
An emotional or involuntary response to a stimulus
A sensitivity to or intuitive understanding of someone or something
The sensation of being touched by something not physically apparent or clearly visible
A feeling that something is the case
A keen intuitive awareness of or sensitivity to the presence or importance of someone or something
A way in which an expression or a situation is interpreted
The meaning of something to an individual
Awareness that something is true without being able to define exactly how one knows
A sense that something is going to happen before it actually does
Having a sense that something is true immediately upon hearing it without the need for extensive explanation and proof
An inner feeling or voice viewed as acting as a guide to the truth or falseness of one’s behavior

Summarized Definition
Upon engaging in a Process or observing someone else’s Process with our physical senses* (independent variable), we experience an involuntary desirable or undesirable emotional response (dependent variable) which we interpret to mean the Process we’re engaged in or that we’re observing is true or false without the need for extensive explanation or additional evidence for proof.

*Observations made by our physical senses can mean seeing, hearing, or touching someone or something.  It can also mean smelling or tasting something. Further more it can mean reading about or hearing about someone or something that is testified of by another person.

In the diagram, the blue line is our Process or the pathway we’re following to obtain our Desire at Point B. The Effects we experience upon engaging in a given Process are represented by the yellow and gray lines. When we are on the pathway our Cause has prescribed and that pathway indeed leads to the obtainment of our chosen Desire, we experience Desirable Effects symbolized by the yellow line beneath the blue. When we deviate from that pathway to the right or left (red lines), there is an absence of those Desirable Effects (gray lines beneath the red). The absence of Desirable Effects is an Undesirable Effect in itself but this emptiness is usually filled pretty quickly by other Undesirable Effects.

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Expanded Description
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