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inhibitions, great purposes which hold him steady. Then throughout life he seems calm, chaste and controlled,
and no one knows of the turmoil and battle within him. We may suppose that old age or a sickness lowers
his inhibiting qualities, and a startling change in conduct results, one that we can scarcely believe and which
we are inclined to call a complete transformation of personality. In reality, a disharmony has occurred, some
trend has been released, and conduct, which is a resultant, changes its direction.
 Sexual misdemeanor is not uncommon in old men who have hitherto been of hallowed reputation.
Inhibition control, may develop later than it should, as I have already mentioned. At adolescence sex desire
comes suddenly into play, but usually in one way or another there are checks upon its effects already
established. But often there is not, and the boy or girl plunges into a sex life that brings them into violent
conflict with themselves and society. Despite their efforts the non-ethical conduct continues; despite their
tears and vows to reform they are swept by "temptation" into difficulty. Then suddenly or gradually, perhaps
long after every one despairs of them, the inhibition appears, and they settle down to a controlled life. What
has happened? We cannot say in anatomical terms, but from a psychological standpoint the function of
inhibition, delayed in its appearance, finally comes on the scene. We see this delay in other phases of
character; there is often delay in sex feeling, in the interest in work, in love of the beautiful, in control of
anger, etc. Take the last mentioned: an irascible child grows into an irascible adolescent and even into a
similar adult, flaring up under the least provocation, to the dismay and disgust of others and himself. "He can't
control himself," so say others, and so thinks he. He vows reform, but nothing seems to help. Then like a
miracle comes the longed-for inhibition; anger is still there when his will is crossed or his opinion scouted, but
a firm hand i...
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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