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Unformatted text preview: ay, or we start to explain, to mollify and console, or to remonstrate and reprove. In other words,
"intelligence" steps in to inhibit, to bring to the surface the possibilities, to choose, and thus overrides the
emotional instinctive reaction. It may not succeed in the overriding; we may hesitate, inhibit, etc., for only a
second or so, before hot anger overcomes us, and the instinctive response of fight and retaliation takes place.
These examples might be multiplied a thousandfold. Every day of our lives situations come up in which there
is a blending or an antagonism between emotional, instinctive and intelligent responses. In fact, very few acts
of the organized human being are anything else. For every emotion awakens memories of past emotions and
the consequences; every instinct is hampered by other instincts or by the inhibitions aroused by obstacles; and
intelligence continually struggles against emotion and blind instinct. Teaching, experience, knowledge, all
modify emotional and instinctive responses so that sometimes they are hardly recognizable as such. On the
other hand, though intelligence normally occupies the seat of power, it is easily ousted and in reality only
steers and directs the vehicle of life, choosing not the goal but the road by which the goal can safely be
In general terms we shall define emotions, instincts and intelligence as follows:
1. For emotions we shall accept a modified James-Lange theory, supplementing it by the developments of
science since their day. When a thing is seen or heard (or smelled or tasted or thought), it arouses an emotion;
that emotion consists of at least three parts. First, the arousal of memories and experiences that give it a value
to the individual, make it a desired object or a dreaded, distasteful object. Second, at the same time, or shortly CHAPTER VI. 46 preceding or succeeding this, a great variety of changes takes place in the organism, changes that we shall call
the vaso-visceral-motor changes. This means merely that there is a series of reactions set up in the
sympathetic nervous system,...
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