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The man was a gentleman, and he stood there stricken. The laugh of his companions aroused him. He saw
them as if they were himself, with a horror and disgust that made him suddenly run away from them.
"From that moment I never again had the slightest desire for drink. The slap sobered me for good."
While these conversions occur now and then there are certain practical points in the breaking of a habit that
need attention in each case.
In the first place it is best in the majority of instances to avoid the particular stimuli and associations that set CHAPTER IV. 33 off the habit. The stimulus is a kind of trigger; pull it and the habit can hardly be checked. Whatever the
situation is that acts as the temptation, avoid it. Not for nothing do men pray, "Lead us not into temptation."
The will needs no such exercise and rarely stands up well against such strain. This may mean a removal for
the time being from the source of temptation, a flying away to gain strength.
Further, a substitution of habit, of purpose, is necessary. Some line of activities must be selected to fill in the
vacuum. A hobby is needed, a devotion to some larger purpose, whether it be in work or social activity.
"Nature abhors a vacuum"; boredom must be avoided, for that is a pain, awakening desire. The gymnasium,
golf, sports of all kinds are substitute pleasures of great value.
Third, harness a friend, a superior or a respected equal to the yoke with you. Pull double harness; let him lend
his strength to yours. Throw away pride; confess and receive new energy from his sympathy and wisdom. If
you are lucky enough to have such a friend, or some wise counselor, thank God for him. For here is where the
true friend finds his highest value.
In the analysis of any character the question of the kind of habits formed demands attention. Since almost all
traits become matters of habit, such an inquiry would sooner or later lead to a catalogue of qualities. What is
here pertinent is this,--that one might inquire into...
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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