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Unformatted text preview: There are some curious pathological aspects to interest --"conflict" aspects of the subject. A man finds himself
palpitatingly interested in what is horrible to him, as a bird is fascinated by a snake. Sex abnormalities have a
marvelous interest to everybody, although many will not admit it. Stories of crime and bloodshed are read by
everybody with great avidity,--and people will go miles to the site of grim tragedy. Court rooms are packed
whenever a horrible murder is aired or a nauseating divorce scandal is tried. A chaste woman will read, on the
sly and with inner rebellion, as many pornographic tales as she can get hold of, and the "carefully" brought up,
i. e., those whose interest has been carefully directed, suddenly become interested in the forbidden; they seek
to peek through windows when they should be looking straight ahead.
As a matter of fact, interest is as much inhibited as conduct. "You mustn't ask about that" is the commonest
answer a child gets. "That's a naughty question to ask" runs it a close second. Can one inhibit interest, which
is the excitement caused by the unknown? The answer is that we can, because a large part of education is to
do this very thing. "Can we inhibit any interest without injuring all interests?" is a question often put. My
answer would be that it is socially necessary that interest in certain directions be inhibited, whether it hurts the
individual or not. But the interest in a forbidden direction can be shifted to a permitted direction, and this
should be done. In my opinion, sex interest can be so handled and a blunt thwarting of this interest should be
avoided. Some explanation leading the child to larger, less personal aspects of sex should be given.
The interest of the child is often thwarted through sheer laziness. "Don't bother me" is the reply of a parent
shirking a sacred duty. Interest is the beginning of knowledge, and where it is discouraged knowledge is
discouraged. Any inq...
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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