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discard as inadequate the psychology which considers behavior alone as important, conduct is the fruit of
character, without which it is sterile.
This book does not aim at any short cuts by which man may know himself or his neighbor. It seeks to analyze
the fundamentals of personality, avoiding metaphysics as the plague. It does not define character or seek to
separate it from mind and personality. Written by a neurologist, a physician in the active practice of his
profession, it cannot fail to bear more of the imprint of medicine, of neurology, than of psychology and
philosophy. Yet it has also laid under contribution these fields of human effort. Mainly it will, I hope, bear the
marks of everyday experience, of contact with the world and with men and women and children as brother,
husband, father, son, lover, hater, citizen, doer and observer. For it is this plurality of contact that vitalizes,
and he who has not drawn his universals of character out of the particulars of everyday life is a cloistered
theorist, aloof from reality. CHAPTER I. 9 CHAPTER I.
THE ORGANIC BASIS OF CHARACTER
The history of Man's thought is the real history of mankind. Back of all the events of history are the curious
systems of beliefs for which men have lived and died. Struggling to understand himself, Man has built up and
discarded superstitions, theologies and sciences.
Early in this strange and fascinating history he divided himself into two parts--a body and a mind. Working
together with body, mind somehow was of different stuff and origin than body and had only a mysterious
connection with it. Theology supported this belief; metaphysics and philosophy debated it with an acumen
that was practically sterile of usefulness. Mind and body "interacted" in some mysterious way; mind and body
were "parallel" and so set that thought-processes and brain-processes ran side by side without really having
anything to do with one ano...
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