[W]here the character, as something distinguished from the intellect, is concerned, the causes of human diversity lie chiefly in our different susceptibilities of emotional excitement, and in the different impulses and inhibitions which these bring in their train....William James, The Varieties of Religious Experience (London: Longman, Green, 1929) 261f.
Speaking generally, our moral and practical attitude, at any given time, is always a resultant of two sets of forces within us, impulses pushing us one way and obstructions and inhibitions holding us back.... The influence is so incessant that it becomes subconscious.... But proprieties and their inhibitions snap like cobwebs if any great emotional excitement intervenes.
Echoes very well with Lonergan's analysis of the functioning of common sense in general, and dramatic bias in particular, in Insight, ch. 6.