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He would not play unreservedly, in the whole-hearted impulsive way of children, but always held back in his
enjoyment as if he feared that perhaps he was not doing just right. When he started to go to school his fear of
doing the wrong thing made him appear rather slow, though in reality he was bright. The other children called
him a "sissy," mistaking his conscientiousness for cowardice. This grieved him very much, and his father
undertook to educate him in "rough" ways, in fighting and wrestling. He succeeded in this to the extent that K.
learned to fight when he believed that he was being wronged, but he never seemed to learn the aggressiveness
necessary to get even a fair share of his rights. His mother, a similar type, rather encouraged him in this virtue,
much to the disgust of the father.
Not to spend too long a time over K.'s history, we may pass quickly over his school years until he entered
college. He was a "grind" if there ever was one, studying day and night. He had developed well physically and
because of his hard work stood near the top of his class. He took no "pleasures" of any kind,--that is, he
played no cards, went to no dances, never took in a show and of course was strictly moral. It seems that the
main factor that held him back was the notion he had imbibed early in his career that pleasure itself was
somehow not worthy, that an ideal of work made a sort of sin of wasting time. Whenever he indulged himself
by rest or relaxation, even in so innocent a way as to go to a ball game, there was in the back of his mind the
idea, "I might have been studying this or that, or working on such a subject; I am wasting time," and the
pleasure would go. By nature K. was sociable and friendly and was well liked, but he avoided friendships and
social life because of the unpleasant reproaches of his work conscience and the rigor of his work inhibitions.
He grew tired, developed a neurasthenic set of symptoms, and thus I first came in contact with him. Once he
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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