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this perverse fatigue reaction grow up with it. It may be only a temporary phase of their lives, but while it lasts
it is very troublesome.
In E.'s case the overexcitable hypokinetic stage lasted until about the ninth year, and then there was a great
improvement, though he still was of the same general type. He became a fairly good runner for a short
distance, learned to swim, though he stood the cold water poorly, was clever and graceful as a dancer and was
quite popular. At sixteen he left school to enter business, because of the straitened means of his family. He
entered into adolescent period later and suffered greatly from his sixteenth to nineteenth year from, fatigue,
hypochondriacal fears, and had to have a good deal of medical attention at this time. Sex questions perplexed
him, for he became quite passionate and at the same time had much moral repugnance to illicit relations. His
sexual curiosity was intense, and he read all manner of books on the subject, went to the burlesque shows on
the sly and almost became obsessed on sex matters.
At this stage he made only a mediocre showing in his business career, though his evident honesty secured him
promotion to a clerk's position. After his nineteenth year he seemed to gain again in energy and endurance and
was fairly well until his twenty-eighth year, though he had to nurse his endurance at all times, developed very
regular habits of sleep, diet, etc., and in this manner got along. Once he had an opportunity to join an
organization which would have paid him a better salary, but the hours were irregular, and it would have
demanded much exertion and excitement, so he passed it by.
In 1917 he joined the army, partly because of patriotic motives, partly because he was convinced that army
life might develop his endurance and energy. He was sent to an army post in the South and within two months
of his entrance had "broken down." He was sleepless, restless, was irritable and "jumpy," had lost appetite and
the feeling of endurance. Life seemed intolerable, though he h...
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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