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His sense of inferiority was in no way compensated for, and to avoid pain he became a sort of recluse, doing
his work and returning to his shell, so to speak, each night.
When he was thirty-six his mother died, his father having died earlier. This left him rather well to do, for his
thrifty parents had well utilized his earnings. At once a thoughtful woman of his acquaintance, distantly
related by marriage, set out to capture him, and by forcing the issue led him to the altar. Needless to say, she
ruled the household, and F. B.'s only consolation lay in the crop of children that soon appeared in the house,
for timidity is no barrier to parenthood. This consolation rather tends to disappear as the children grow older,
for they become his masters. Such men as F. B. have a collar around their necks to which any one may fit a
Does F. B. rejoice in inferiority, in the masochistic sense spoken of before? Is his humility a sign of inversion,
in the Freudian sense, a sort of homosexuality? Possibly, and there are very crude and coarse phrases of the
common man indicating a sexual feeling in all victory and defeat. But I am inclined to call this a sort of
monothymia, a mood of fear and negative self- feeling coloring all the reactions. CHAPTER XVII. 143 I have previously cited the case of the man obsessed by fear in all the relations of life,--shrinking,
self-acknowledged inferiority--who lost it with "a few drinks under my belt." "Dutch courage" drove from
many a man the inferiority and the fear that plagued his soul. True, it drove him into a worse situation, but for
a few moments he tasted something of the life that heroes and the great have. If we can ever find something
that will not degrade as it exalts, all the world will rush to use it.
Of the monothymic types the choleric or angry are about as common as those predisposed to fear. The anger
emotion is aroused by a thwarting of the instincts and purposes, and in the main the strongly egoistic are those
most given to explosive or chronic anger. The angry feeling, however, must be controlled, else failure or
social dislike aw...
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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