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Unformatted text preview: aracter. I think it likely that now and then a feeling of inferiority is bred in this way, a feeling
that may cling and change the current of a boy's life. The real danger of too close a family life, in whatever
way it manifests itself, is that it cuts into real social life, narrows the field of influences and sympathies,
breeds a type of personality of perhaps good morals but of poor humanity.
The home must never lose its contact with the world; it should never be regarded as the real world for which a
man works. It is a place to rest in, to eat in, to work in; in it is the spirit of family life, redolent of affection,
mutual aid and self-sacrifice; but more than these, it is the nodal point of affections, concerns and activity
which radiate from it to the rest of the world. CHAPTER XV.
PLAY, RECREATION, HUMOR AND PLEASURE SEEKING
One of the great difficulties in thought is that often the same word expresses quite different concepts. Some
superficial resemblance has taken possession of the mind and expressed itself in a unifying word, disregarding
the fundamental differences.
Take the word "play." The play of childhood is indeed a pleasurable activity to the child, but it is really his
form of grappling with life, a serious pursuit of knowledge and a form of preparation for his adult activities. It
is not a way of relaxation; on the contrary, in play he organizes his activities, shuffles and reshuffles his ideas
and experiences, looking for the new combinations we call "imaginations." The kitten in its play prepares to
catch its prey later on; and the child digging in a ditch and making believe "this is a house" and "this is a
river" is a symbol of Man the mighty changing the face of Nature. The running and catching games like "Tag"
and "I spy," "Hide and go seek," "Rellevo" are really war games, with training in endurance, agility,
cool-headedness, cooperation and rivalry as their goals. O...
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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