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Unformatted text preview: d rather have people say bad things of us to our face than run the
risk of the ridicule and the foolish feeling that comes with insincerity. There are some who are always
suspicions that people are insincere in praise or friendly words; they hate being fooled, they know of no
criterion of sincerity and such people are in an adynamic state most of the time. The difference between the
trusting and the suspicious is that one responds with energy and belief to the manifestations of friendliness in CHAPTER IX. 71 everybody, and the other has no such inner response to guide his energy and his actions. Trust in others is a
releaser of energy; distrust paralyzes it.
 To paraphrase Doctor Holmes the biggest factor in John's self-valuation is HIS idea of Jane's idea of John.
4. Doubt and inability to choose may be contrasted with certitude and clear choice in their effect on energy
release. Of course, one of the signs of lowered energy is doubt, as a sign of high energy is certainty.
Nevertheless, a situation of critical importance, in which choice is difficult or digagreeable, inhibits energy
feeling and discharge perhaps as much as any other mental factor. Especially is this true when the
inhibition concerns a moral situation--"Ought I to do this or that"--and where the fear of being wrong or doing
wrong operates so that the individual does nothing and develops an obsession of doubt. This "to be or not to
be" attitude is typical of many intelligent people, yes, even intellectual people. They we so many angles to a
situation, they project so far into the future in their thoughts, that a weary discouragement comes. To such as
these, the counsel of "action right or wrong but action anyway!" is good, but the difficulty is to make them
overcome their doubts. Their cerebral oscillation makes them weary but they cannot seem to stop it; their
pendulum of choice never stops at action.
 See William James' "Varieties of Religious Experiences," for beauti...
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