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they cling to each other for comfort and support. This is the history of many a marriage that on its surface is
quiet and peaceful.
The hypokinetic types. We cannot separate energy display from enthusiasm, courage, intelligence, persistent
purpose, etc. If I have made myself clear in the preceding pages of this book, you will realize that no character
of man works alone, but all feeling, thought and action is a resultant of forces. Nevertheless, there are those in
whom the fire of life burns high and others in whom it burns low, and either group may be of totally different
There are people of low energy discharge, and these it seems to me are of two main kinds,--the one where
nothing seems to arouse or create powerful motives and purposes, and the other in whom the main defect is a
rapidly arising exhaustion. The first I call the simple hypokinetic group and the other the irritable hypokinetic
The simple hypokinetic person may be one of any grade of intelligence but more commonly is of low
intelligence. In any school for the feeble-minded one finds the apathetic imbecile, who can be kept at work by
goading and stimulation of one kind or another, who does not tire especially, but who never works beyond a
low level of speed and enthusiasm.
5. A more interesting type is T. He may be called the intelligent hypokinetic, the high-grade failure. As a baby
he learned to walk late, though he talked early and well. He played in a leisurely sort of way, running only
when he had to and content as a rule to be in the house. He was not seclusive, seeming to enjoy the company
of other children, but rarely made any efforts to seek them out. He was quick to learn but showed only a
moderate curiosity, and he rarely made any investigations on his own account. It was noticed that he seldom
asked "why" in the usual manner of intelligent children.
He did fairly well in school; he had a wonderful memory and seemed to see very quickly into intricate
problems. It was always a great surprise of his teachers that he was so bright...
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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