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character formation of most girls and young women. The first question girls ask about one another is, "Is she
pretty?" and in their criticism of one another the personal appearance is the first and most, important subject
discussed. A personal beauty ideal has little value to the character; in fact, it tends to exaggerate vanity and
triviality and selfishness; it leads away from the higher aspects of reality. If you ask the majority of women
which would they rather be, very beautiful or very intelligent, most will say without question (in their frank
moments) that they would rather be very beautiful. Those who are attempting to introduce the ideal of
intelligence as a goal to women need of course to balance it with other ideals, but if successful they will
revolutionize the attitude of women toward life and change the trend of their character.
Such ideals as beauty and wealth, however, do not acquire their imperativeness unless at the same time they
gratify some deep-seated group of desires or instincts. Wealth gives too many things to catalogue here, but
fundamentally it gives power, and so beauty which may lead to wealth is always a source of power, although
this power carries with it danger to the owner. Mankind has been praising unselfishness for thousands of
years, and all men hate to be called selfish, but selfishness still rules in the lives of most of the people of the
world. Chastity and continence receive the praise of the religious of the world, as well as of the
ascetic-minded of all types, yet the majority of men, in theory accepting this ideal, reject it in practice.
Selfishness leads to self-gratification and pleasure; chastity imposes a burden on desire, and praise and blame
are in this instance not powerful enough to control mankind's acts, though powerful enough to influence them.
Wherever social pressure and education influence men and women to conduct which is contrary to the
gratification of fundamental desires, it causes an uneasiness, an unhappiness and discomfort upon which
Graham Wallas has laid gre...
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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