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distracting tastes or pleasures.
Thus there are persons of specialized interest and energy, and it may well be that there is for most of the
hypokinetic a line of work that would act to energize them. The problem, therefore, in each case is to find the
latent ability and interest and to regard no case as really hopeless. I say this despite the fact that I believe some
cases are hopeless. The pessimistic attitude on the part of parent or teacher kills effort; the optimistic attitude
fosters energetic effort.
6. The irritable hypokinetic. Irritability of a pathological type as a phase of lowered energy is well known
to every physiologist and in the practical everyday world is seen in the tired and sick. There are people who
from the very start of life show lowered endurance, who respond to certain stimuli in an excessive manner and
are easily exhausted. This type the neurologist calls the congenital neurasthenic, and it may be we are dealing
here with some defect in the elimination of fatigue products. This, however, is only a guess, and the disease
factor, if there is any, is entirely unknown. I do not pretend that the person I am to describe is entirely
representative of this group. Indeed, no dozen cases would show all the symptoms and peculiarities of the
irritable hypokinetic group.
 One must take care not to mistake the irritability which is the characteristic of all living tissue for the
irritability here considered.
E. is a man at present thirty years of age. In person he is of average height, rather slender, with delicate
features, somewhat bald, quick in action and speech. He flushes easily and thus often has high color,
especially when fatigued or excited. This "vasomotor irritability," as the physicians call it, is quite common in
this group of people, and in fact in all neurasthenia, whether acquired or congenital. Though I have described
E. as belonging to the slender type of person, it is necessary to say that stout, rug...
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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.
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