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emphasized sufficiently a peculiarity of all human feeling, all emotions, all sentiments. They have their value
to the individual in organizing his conduct, his standard of value. They are of enormous importance socially.
A great law of feeling of whatever kind, of whatever elaboration, is this; it tends to spread from individual to
individual and excites whole groups to the same feeling; tender feeling is contagious, and so is hate. We are
somehow so made that we reverberate at a friendly smile in one way and to the snarl and stern look of hate in
another way. Ordinarily love awakens love and hate awakens hate, though it may bring fear or contempt. It is
true that we may feel so superior or cherish some secret hate that will make another's love odious to us, and
also we may admire and worship one who hates us. These are exceptional cases and are examples of
exceptional sentimental stability. It is of course understood that by love is not meant sex passion. Here the
curious effect of coldness is sometimes to fan the flame of passion. Desire obstructed often gains in violence,
and the desire to conquer and to possess the proud, that we all feel, adds to the fire of lust.
Self-esteem, self-confidence, hateful to others if in excess or if obtrusive, is an essential of the leader. His
feeling is extraordinarily contagious, and the morale of the group is in his keeping. He must not show fear, or
self-distrust or self-lowering in any way. He must be deliberate, but forceful, vigorous, masterful. If he has
doubts, he must keep them to himself or exhibit them only to one who loves him, who is not a mere follower.
It is a law of life that the herd follows the unwounded, confident, egoistic leader and tears to pieces or deserts
the one who is wearying.
The basic sentiments of interest, love and hate, projected outward or inward, organize personality. Men's
characters and their destinies rest in the things they find interesting, the persons they love and hate, their
self-confidence and self-esteem, their self-contempt and hatred. And it is true tha...
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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