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Unformatted text preview: a of "good." Thus the ambitious mother seeks for her daughter a rich husband and the idealist seeks for his
son a career of devotion to the ideal. And the sensualist devoted to the good of his belly and his pocket loves
his child and shows it by feeding and enriching him.
There seems to be lacking, however, the glow of tender feeling in self-love. The projection of the self-interest
to others has a passion, a melting in it that self-love never seems to possess, though it may be constant and
ever-operating. Self-regard, self-admiration or conceit may be very high and deeply felt, but though more
common than real admiration for others, it seldom reaches the awe and reverence that the projected emotion
reaches. CHAPTER VIII. 65 In mental disease, of the type known as Maniac Depressive insanity, there is a curious oscillation of self-love
and self-admiration. This disease is cyclic, in that two opposing groups of symptoms tend to appear and
displace each other. In the manic, or excited state, there is greatly heightened activity with correspondingly
heightened feeling of power. Self-love and admiration reach absurd levels: one is the most beautiful, the
richest and wisest of persons, infallible, irresistible, aye, perhaps God or Christ. Sometimes the feeling of
grandeur, the euphoria, is less fantastic and the patient imagines himself a great inventor, a statesman of
power and wisdom, a writer of renown, etc. Suddenly, or perhaps gradually, the change comes; self-feeling
drops into an abyss. "I am the most miserable of persons, the vilest sinner, hated and rightly by God and man,
cause of suffering and misery. I am no good, no use, a horrible odor issues from me, I am loathsome to look
at, etc., etc." Desperate suicidal attempts are made, and all the desires that tend to preserve the individual
disappear, including appetite for food and drink, the power to sleep. It is the most startling of transitions; one
can hardly realize that the dejected, silent person, sitting in a corner, hiding his face and hardly breathing, is
the same individual who lately tore around the wards, happy, dancing,...
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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