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exhortations to "brace up and be a man" failed. Diversion, travel and all the usual medical consultations and
attentions did no good.
One day he announced to his family that he was all right, that soon he would be well. He seemed cheerful,
talked with some animation and dressed himself with unusual care. His parents rejoiced, but one of his
brothers did not like what he called a "gleam" in T.'s eyes. So he followed him, in a skillful manner. T. walked
around for a while, then found his way to a bridge crossing a swift deep river. He took off his coat, but before
he could mount the rail his watchful brother was upon him. He made no struggle and consented to come back
home. In his coat was a letter stating that he saw no use in living, that he was not taking his life because of
disappointment in love but because he felt that he never could enjoy what others found pleasurable, and that
he was an anomaly, a curse to himself and others.
He was sent away to a sanatorium but left it and came home. He began to eat and drink again, found he could
sleep at night (the sleepless night had filled him with despair) and soon swung back into his "normal" state.
He passes throughout life a spectator of the joys of others, wondering why his grip on content and desire is so
slender, but also he thinks himself of a finer clay than his fellows.
As a complement to this case let me cite that of the ex-soldier S. He reached the age of twenty-two with a very
creditable history. Born of middle-class parents he went through high school and ranked in the upper third of
his class for scholarship. His physique was good; he was a joyous, popular young fellow; and wherever he
went was pointed out as the clean young American so representative of our country. That means he worked
hard as assistant executive in a production plant, was ambitious to get ahead, took special courses to fit
himself, read a good deal about "success" and how to reach it, dressed well, liked his fellow men and more
than liked women, enjoyed sports, a good time, the theaters, s...
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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