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Unformatted text preview: d the nature of his trouble, which I labeled for him as a "hypertrophied work conscience," he set
himself the task of learning to enjoy, of throwing off inhibition, of innocent self-indulgence, and my strong
point that he would work the better for pleasure took his fancy at once. He succeeded in part in his efforts, but
of course will always debate over the right and wrong of each step in his life.
This one example of a high type of the over-inhibited must do for the group. There is a related type who in
ordinary speech find it "difficult to make up their minds,"--in other words, are unable to choose. Bleuler has
used the term ambivalent, thus comparing these individuals to a chemical element having two bonds and
impelled to unite with two substances. The ambivalent personalities are always brought to a place where they
yearn for two opposing kinds of action or they fear to choose one affinity of action as against the other. They
are in the position of the unfortunate swain who sang, "How happy I could be with either, were t'other dear
M. is one of these helpless ambivalent folk, always running to others for advice and perplexed to a frenzy by
the choices of life. "What shall I do?" is his prime question, largely because he fears to commit himself to any
line of action. Once a man chooses, he shuts a great many doors of opportunity and gambles with Fate that he
has chosen right. M. knows this and lacks self- confidence, i.e., the belief that he will choose for the best or be
able to carry it through. He lacks the gambling spirit, the willingness to put his destiny to fortune. Often M.
deliberates or rather oscillates for so long a time that the matter is taken from his hands. Thus, when he fell in
love, the fear of being refused, of making a mistake, prevented him from action, and the young woman
accepted another, less ambivalent suitor.
M. is in business with his father and is entirely a subordinate, because he cannot choose....
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This note was uploaded on 09/26/2011 for the course PSYCHOLOGY 110 taught by Professor Kannan during the Spring '11 term at Anna University Chennai - Regional Office, Coimbatore.
- Spring '11