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Unformatted text preview: deeds of violence. There is cold-blooded brutality, but by far the
most of it has anger behind it. I know one man who in his youth was hot-tempered, i. e., quick to anger and
quick to repent, a charming man who gradually learned control and passed into late middle life serene and
One day he was driving his car when it became obstructed by two young rowdies driving another car. With
him was his wife. When he expostulated with the men, one of them turned with a sneer and said something
insulting at which the other laughed. The next thing my friend knew he was in the other car, striking heavy
blows at the pair (he is a very powerful man.), and it was only the opportune arrival of a policeman that
prevented a murder.
"Whatever came over me I hardly understand," said he afterwards sadly. "I used to have rages like that as a
boy, but I have been very well controlled for over thirty years. I was a raging demon for a while, and it appalls
me to think that in me there lurks such a devil of anger."
Akin to anger, akin to fear, is suspicion. There is a sullen non-social personality type whose reactions are
characterized by suspicion. He never willingly gives his trust to any one, and when he hands over his destinies
to any one, as all must do now and then, he is consumed with dread, doubt and latent hostility.
Every one is familiar with men like H. He is full of distrust for his fellow men. Himself a man of low ideals, CHAPTER XVII. 144 he ascribes to every one the same attitude. "What's in it for you?" is his first thought concerning anybody with
whom he deals.
He has a little store and eyes each customer who comes in as if they come to rob him. As a result his trade is
largely emergency, transient trade, those who come because they have nowhere else to go or else do not know
him. The salesmen, who supply the articles he sells have long since cut him off their list for desirable goods,
and his only callers are those salesmen who are work...
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- Spring '11