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there comes a conviction that mind and character have their seat in the organic activities of the body,--and
An interesting confirmation of this is that when the thyroid is overactive, a condition called hyperthyroidism,
the patient becomes very restless and thin, shows excessive emotionality, sleeplessness, has a rapid heart
action, tremor and many other signs not necessary to detail here. The thyroid in these cases is usually swollen.
One of the methods used to treat the disease is to remove some of the gland surgically. In the early days an
operator would occasionally remove too, much gland and then the symptoms, of myxoedema would occur.
This necessitated the artificial feeding of thyroid the rest of the patient's life! With the proper dosage of the
gland substance the patient remains normal; with too little she becomes dull and stupid; with too much she
becomes unstable and emotional!
There are plenty of other examples of the influence of the endocrines on mind, character and personality. I
here briefly mention a few of these.
In the disease called acromegaly, which is due to a change in the pituitary gland, amongst other things are
noted "melancholic tendencies, loss of memory and mental and physical torpor." CHAPTER I. 13 A very profound effect on character and personality, exclusive of intelligence, is that of the sex glands. One
need not accept the Freudian extravagances regarding the way in which the sex feelings and impulses enter
into our thoughts, emotions, purposes and acts. No unbiased observer of himself or his fellows but knows that
the satisfaction or non-satisfaction of the sex feeling, its excitation or its suppression are of great importance
in the destinies of character. Further, man as herdsman and man as tyrant have carried on huge experiments to
show how necessary to normal character the sex glands are.
As herdsman he has castrated his male Bos and obtained the ox. And the ox is the symbol of patience,
docility, steady labor, without lust or passion,--and the very opposite of his non-castrated brother, the...
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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