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sprints like mad for a few laps and then comes back to a pace that would kill the average rider. I shall not
trouble to cite such a case, but I can think of at least one man of good attainments who is of this explosive
hyperkinetic type. He responds to every demand with a burst of energy, and his quota of ordinary activities is
Neglecting the further types of energy display for the simple reason that this quality shades off into every
conceivable type and is also a part of every nature, we turn to the types of emotional mood display. With these
it is necessary to consider excitability as well, and the most interesting beings are here our objects of study.
I wish first to emphasize my belief that where there is a great natural variation in excitability and emotionality
in individuals, there is not nearly so much in races as we think, and that social heredity is tradition and
cultural level plays the more important role in this. My friend and colleague, Dr. A. Warren Stearns, has made
a study which shows that while the immigrant Italian is excitable and quick to anger and of revengeful
reactions, his American-born descendent has so far controlled and changed this type of reaction that he does
not especially figure in police records, in murders or assaults. My own studies of the second and especially the
third generation Jew show there is an almost complete approach to the "American" type in emotional display,
in what is known as poise. This third generation Jewish-American has dropped all the mannerisms of
excitability in gesture and voice, and his adherence to good form includes that attitude of nonchalant humor so
characteristic of the American.
1. The generally excitable, overemotional type. This type is more common in the Latin, Hebrew and Celtic
races. In some respects it corresponds to the hypokinetic irritable, but it is not necessarily hypokinetic. The
artistic type of person, so called, is of th...
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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.
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