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Unformatted text preview: t any rate this method of readjustment, with its reliance on medicines to bring sleep and appetite
and on training to bring hope and relief from introspection, worked splendidly.
The fact is that no abstruse complicated psychological analysis was necessary here or in most cases. A man is
"jarred" from light-hearted health to a grim discouraged state. This discouragement brings with it
sleeplessness and loss of appetite, and there gradually develops a series of habits which lower endurance and
energy. The habit elements in this condition are not enough recognized, and also the fact that most of the
disability is physical in its development though psychological at the start. That is, A. had a severe emotional
reaction to a horrible experience; this brought about insomnia and disordered nutrition, and these, by lowering
the endurance and ability, brought to being a vicious circle of fatigue and depression, in which fatigue caused
depression and depression increased fatigue. The treatment must be directed at first to the physical factors,
and with these conquered the acquired forms of anhedonia usually yield readily.
It would be interesting to consider other types related to the anhedonic personality. The complainer, the
whiner, the nag, all these are basically people who are hard to satisfy. The artistic temperament (found rather
frequently in the non-artistic) is hyperesthetic, uncontrolled, irritably egoistic and demands homage and
service from others which exceeds the merit of the individual; in other words, there is added to the anhedonic
element an unreasonableness that is peculiarly exasperating. I pass these interesting people by and turn to the
opposite of the anhedonic group, the group that is hearty in tastes and appetites, easily pleased as a rule and
often crude in their relish of life. There are two main divisions of these hearty simple people,--those who are
untrained and relatively uneducated, and whose simplicity may disappear under cultivation, and another
type--cultivated, educated, wise--who still retain un...
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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