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interest, but one meets, too frequently, people quickly interested in anything, but not for long or in a practical
fashion. There is a certain high type of failure that has this difficulty.
3. Is its main trend outward, and if so, is there some special feature or features of the world that excite
4. Is its main trend inward, and is he interested in emotions, thoughts, sensations,--In his mind or his body, in
ideas or in feelings? For it is obvious that the man interested in his ideas is quite a different person than he
who is keenly aware of his emotions, and that the hypochondriac belongs in a class by himself.
5. If there are special interests, how do these harmonize with ability and with well-defined plan and purpose.
It is not sufficient to be keenly interested, though that is necessary. One of the greatest disharmonies of life is
when a man is interested when he is not proficient, though usually proficiency develops interest because it
gives superiority and achievement. CHAPTER VII. 59 Interest is heightened by the success of others, for we are naturally competitive creatures, or by admiration for
those successful in any line of activity. The desire to emulate or excel or to get power is a mighty factor in the
maintenance of interest. "See how nicely Georgie does it," is a formula for both children and adults, and if
omitted, interest would not be easily aroused or maintained. In other words, the competitive feeling and desire
in its largest sense are necessary for the concentrated excitement of interest. So any scheme of social
organization that proposes to do away with competition and desire for superiority labors under the
psychological handicap of removing the basis of much of the interest in work and study and must find some
substitute for the lacking incentives before it can seriously ask for the adherence of those with a realistic view
of human nature. One might, it is true, establish traditions of work, bring about a livelier social conscien...
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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