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lowest he is the faker, trying to hoodwink the credulous.
4. The strong, the crafty, the talkers each seek fulfillment of purpose from an equal or higher level than their
fellows. But power and fulfillment may be reached at from a lower level, from the beggar's position, from the
place of weakness. There are some whose existence depends upon the response given to their supplications,
who throw themselves directly on the charity and tender-heartedness of society. Inefficient, incapable of
separate existence, this parasitic class is known to every social service group, to every rich or powerful man
who helps at least in part to maintain them. I do not mean those who are physically or intellectually unable to
cope with the world; these are merely unfortunate. I mean those whose energy and confidence is so low, or
whose lack of pride is such that they are willing to ask for help continually rather than make their own way.
There is, however, a very interesting type of person who uses weakness as a weapon to gain a purpose, not
support. The tears of many women have long been recognized as potent in that warfare that goes on between
the sexes; the melting of opposition to the whim or wish when this manifestation of weakness is used is an old
story. The emotional display renders the man uncomfortable, it disturbs him, he fears to increase it lest the
opponent become sick, his conscience reproaches him, and he yields rather than "make a fuss." Tears can be
replaced by symptoms of a hysteric nature. I do not mean that these symptoms are caused by the effort to win,
but they become useful and are made habitual. Nor is this found only in woman; after an accident there are
men in plenty whose symptoms play a role in securing compensation for themselves, not necessarily as
malingerers. It is in human nature to desire the sympathy of others, and in some cases this sympathy is sought
because through sympathy some other good will be forthcoming,--a new dress, a lump sum of mone...
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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