Unformatted text preview: we discuss sports, women, business and a whole group of
different emotions, habits and purposes come to the surface, though we were not at all conscious of having
repressed them while in the presence of the ladies. A faux pas is where the organizer has "slipped" on his job;
lack of tact implies in part a rigid organizing energy, neither plastic nor versatile enough.
We are now ready to face certain developments of these three main factors, viz., the response to stimuli;
choice and inhibition, and the organizing energy. Largely we might classify people according to the type of
vigor of their reactions to stimuli, the quality and vigor of choice and of inhibition, and the quality and vigor
of the organizing energy. We note that there are people who have, as it were, exquisitely sensitive feelers for
the stimuli of one kind or another and who react vigorously, perhaps excessively; that there are others of a
duller, less reactive nature, largely because they are stimuli-proof. Others are under-inhibited, follow desire or
outer stimulus without heed, without a brake; others are over-inhibited, too cautious, too full of doubt, unable
to choose the reaction that seems appropriate. The organizing energy of some is low; they never seem to unify
their experiences into a code of life and living; they are like a string of beads loosely strung together with
disharmonious emotions, desires, purposes. In others this energy is high, they chew the cud of every
experience and (to change the metaphor) they weld life's happenings, their memories, their emotions and
purposes into a more unified ego, a real I, harmonious, self-enlightened; clearly conscious of aim and end and
striving bravely towards it. Or there is over-unification and fanaticism, with narrow aim and little sympathy
for other aims. Sketched in this very broad way we see masses of people, rather than individuals, and we are
not finely adjusted to our subject.
Psychologists rarely concern themselves to any extent with these matters; they deal mainly with their
outgrowths,--emotions, instinct, intelligence and will. We are at once beset with difficulties which are CHAPTER IV. 37 resolved mainly by ignoring them. In such a book as this we are not concerned with the fundamental nature of
these divisions of the mental life, we must omit such questions as the relation of instinct to racial habit, or the
evolution of instinct from habit, if that is really its origin. Again I must repeat that we shall dea...
View Full Document
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