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counter-activities. F.'s is a noble response to fear, just as the cowardly reaction is the ignoble response.
I shall not depict the coward. There are some in whose lives the fear of death, injury, illness or loss is in
constant operation to prevent activity, to lower energy and effort. One finds the coward very commonly in the
clinics for nervous diseases, and in some cases the formidable term of psychasthenia is merely camouflage for
the more direct English word. There is a type of the timid, who will not stand up for their rights, who receive
meekly, as if it were their due, the buffets of fortune. This type is well exemplified in F. B., who passes
through life cheated by every rogue and walked on by any strong-willed person that comes along. As a boy he
was bullied by nearly all his playmates, did the chores, was selected for the "booh" parts in games and never
dared resent it, though he was fully conscious that he was being put upon. When he went to work in a factory
he was the one selected for all those practical jokes in which minor cruelty manifests itself. His parents also
bullied him, so that he was compelled to turn over most of his earnings to them and was allowed to keep so
little that he was shabby, half-starved and without any of the luxuries for which even his timid soul longed.
F. B. was mortally afraid of girls; they seemed to him to be terrible and beautiful creatures, very scornful and
awe-inspiring. They made him feel inferior in a way that sent him edging from their presence, and though he
sometimes surged with passion he avoided any contact with them.
As a good workman he received good pay, for he chanced, by the merest luck, to fall into the hands of a kind
employer, who profited by his kindness, for F. B. gave more than a dollar of value for each dollar he received.
Timid, he gave to the employer a great loyalty, which was in part based on his awe of any aggressive
In society this man was tongue-tied, embarrassed and o...
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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