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organic life of the organism, and back of the nature of our thoughts and deeds is mood.
A peculiarity of fatigue is remarkably well shown by this person. When she is tired or convalescent a
depressing thought sticks, becomes an obsession, a fixed idea, to the plague of her life. Thus when she was
nursing her first baby the night feedings exhausted her. One night, half asleep and half awake, with the
vigorous little animal pulling away at her breast, she watched the pulsing fontanelle on the top of the baby's
head, and the thought came to her how dreadfully easy it would be to injure the brain beneath. Her heart
pounced in fear, she almost fainted at the thought, and yet it "stuck" and came back to her with each random
association. I need not detail how the idea recurred a dozen times a day and brought the fear that she was
going insane. She stopped nursing the baby at night, got a good rest, and the idea disappeared. She was "able
to shake off" when rested that which was a hideous obsession when fatigued.
Indeed, one might speak of persons of this type as hypothymic as well as cyclothymic. The hypothymic are
those whose stock of courage and hope is easily exhausted, who become easily discouraged. They are
borrowers of energy and vigor, they need sturdier folk around them; often they are said to be sensitive, and
while this is sometimes true, it is more often the case that they are more affected. That is, two persons may
notice the same thing or suffer the same sickness, but the so-called sensitive has a reserve of courage and
energy that disappears, whereas the other has enough left in stock so that he does not feel any change.
The extraordinary complexity of human character is well illustrated by C. D. She is hypothymic or
cyclothymic to the little affairs of life and to the minor illnesses. Yet when her family fortunes were greatly
imperilled by a financial crisis, she stood up against the strain far better than did her husband, a man sturdy
and buoyant in...
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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