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Character development is the story of the unification of the traits or characters. Disharmony, disproportion of
traits and characters may be progressive and lead to disaster and mental disease, or a balance may be reached
after a struggle and what we call reform takes place. Though our social life tends to narrow and repress
character, it also tends to harmonize it by the preventing of excess development of certain traits. The social
person is on the whole well balanced, though he may be mediocre. On the other hand, the non-social person
usually tends to unbalance in the sense that he becomes odd and eccentric.
What are the chief disharmonies? I mean, of course, glaring disharmonies, for no one is of harmonious
development, with intelligence, emotions, instincts, desires, purposes in cooperation with each other. This I
propose to consider in more detail in the next chapter, on some character types, but it will be of use to sketch
the great disharmonies.
Character is dynamic, and a fundamental disharmony, even if not noticeable early in life, may progress to the CHAPTER XVI. 132 point of disruption of the personality. Thus an individual who is strongly egoistic in his purposes and aims
may succeed if at the same time he is determined intelligent and shrewd. But let us suppose he has a son who
is as strongly egoistic, is as determined, but lacks intelligence and shrewdness. Not becoming successful, this
person ascribes his failure to others and develops ideas of persecution.
Again, a true poet is a person of keen sensibilities, but he must possess at the same time imaginative
intelligence and the power of words. Let these be joined in proper proportions, and his verse becomes ours
and we hail him as a poet. But let him lack the power of words, and though he sweat with a desire to write he
is a failure or a hack poet, making up by industry what he lacks in beauty. Suppose there is a man deeply
passionate, thrilled by t...
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