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figures of literature.
The temperament studies by the psychologists and philosophers have been too broad and too classical to be of
practical value. Sanguine and choleric temperament, the bilious, the nervous and the phlegmatic, the quick
and the slow, all these are broad divisions, and no man really exemplifies them. What I propose to do is less
ambitious, but perhaps more practical. I shall take a few of the qualities with which the previous pages have
concerned themselves and show how they work out in individuals mainly sketched from life.
It will seem that perhaps a disproportionate number are pathological, but I wish to insist that there is no sharp
line between the "normal" and "pathological" in character. In fact, normality is an abstract conception, an
ideal never reached or seen, and each of us only approaches that ideal in greater or lesser degree. Moreover,
certain deviations from the normal are useful, as the assemblage of qualities that make the genius or the
reformer of certain types. Others are not useful, or at least not useful in the environment and age in which the
deviated person finds himself. Undoubtedly the abnormal have helped found religions, for one who "hears"
God and "sees" him as do many of the insane, if intelligent and eloquent at the same time, easily convinces
others; but if such a person occurs in a group with well-established belief and resistant to the new, the insane
hospital soon lodges the new apostle.
I shall not attempt to consider all the varied shades of harmony and disharmony, the extraordinary variety of
types. There are as many varieties of persons as there are people, and the mathematical possibilities exceed
computation. Those depicted are some of the outstanding types, in whom qualities and combinations of
qualities can easily be seen at work. CHAPTER XVII.
SOME CHARACTER TYPES
There is one kind of energy discharger that we may ca...
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