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no quarrel with life itself but was disgusted with his inferiority. He was hospitalized, but this did little good
and he was afterwards discharged as medically unfit.
This, of course, hurt his pride, but essentially he was greatly relieved. He made but slow improvement until
through the munificence of Uncle Sam he was given a new start in life through the Vocational Reeducation
Board. Like many other city men, he has dreamed of the "chicken farm" as the ideal occupation free from too
much work and yet lucrative. This, of course, is a mistaken notion, but while learning the work he is happy
and is slowly regaining his energy. What time will bring forth no one can tell, but this is certain: throughout
his life he will have to rely on good habits, carefully adjusted to his energy, in order to protect himself from
the bankruptcy that so easily comes on him. A philosophy of life which will help to control his irritability is
necessary, and the intelligent of the hypokinetic irritable acquire the habits and the philosophy necessary for
Any neurologist could cite any number of such cases with varying traits of character, high intelligence or
feeble-minded, controlled in morals or uncontrolled, happily or unhappily situated, whose central difficulty is
an irritable and easily exhausted store of energy. They are easily excited and excitement burns them out; that
is the long and short of their situation. Sex, love, hatred, anger, strain, fear in all its forms, illness,--all these
and many other emotions and happenings may break them down. Such people, and those who care for them,
must not make the mistake of thinking that rough handling, strenuosity, will cure what is apparently a fixed
There is an irritable, high-energy type--irritable hyperkinetic--that is well contrasted with the foregoing. This CHAPTER XVII. 139 explosive personality works by fits and starts but does not wear out, merely, as it were, settles down to his
ordinary pace when he rests up. He is like a s...
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