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Opposed to the group that falls into habits very readily is the group that finds it difficult to acquire habitual
ways of working and living. All of us seek change and variety, as well as stability. Some cannot easily form
habits because they are quickly bored by the habitual. These restless folk are the failures or the great
successes, according to their intelligence and good fortune. There is a low-grade intelligence type, without
purpose and energy, and there is a high-grade intelligence type, seeking the ideal, restless under imperfection
and restraint, disdaining the commonplace and the habits that go with it. Is their disdain of habit-forming and
customs the result of their unconventional ways, or do their unconventional ways result because they cannot
easily form habits? It is very probable that the true wanderer and Bohemian finds it difficult, at least in youth,
to form habits, and that the pseudo-Bohemian is merely an imitation. CHAPTER III. 30 Habit is so intimately a part of all traits and abilities that we would be anticipating several chapters of this
book did we go into all the habit types. Social conditions, desire, fatigue, monotony, purpose, intelligence,
inhibition, all enter into habit and habit formation. Youth experiments with habit; old age clings to it.
Efficiency is the result of good habits but originality is the reward of some who discard habits. A nation forms
habits which seem to be part of its nature, until emigration to another land shows the falsity of this belief. So
with individuals: a man feels he must eat or drink so much, gratify his sex appetite so often, sleep so many
hours, exercise this or that amount, seek his entertainment in this or that fashion,--until something happens to
make the habit impossible and he finds that what he thought a deeply rooted mode of living was a superficial
routine. Though good habits may lead to success they may also bar the way to the pleasures of experience;
that is their danger. A man who finds...
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