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few facts upon which to build up a great theory or a new doctrine. He married one of his own students, a fine
woman but unluckily not very strong, and so there fell on him many a domestic duty that a thousand extra
dollars a year would have turned over to a maid.
Thus B. is an obscure but respected member of the faculty of a small university. He teaches well, though he
dislikes it, and he is happy at the times when he works hard at some physiological problem. He loves his
family and has vowed that his son will be a business man. He feels inferior as he contemplates his obscure
existence, with its precarious financial state, its drudgery and most of all the gradual disappearance of his
ideals. He is frank to himself alone, wishes he had made money, but is apt to sneer at the world of the "fat and
successful" as less than his intellectual equal. He compares his own rewards with that of the successful man
knowing less and with a narrower outlook.
Thus, through success, A. is broadening and becoming something of an idealist. B. is narrowing and through
failure is losing his ideals. This is not an uncommon effect of success and failure. Where success leads to
arrogance and conceit it narrows, but where the character withstands this result the increased experience and
opportunity is of great value to character. Failure may embitter and thus narrow through envy and lost energy,
but also it may strip away conceit and overestimation and thus lead to a richer insight into life.
3. The hyperkinetic, uncontrolled or shallow. This type, although quick and apparently energetic, is deficient
in a fundamental of the personality, in the organizing energy. This deficiency may extend into all phases of
the mental life or in only a few phases. Thus we see people whose thinking is rapid, energetic, but they cannot
"stick" to one line of thought long enough to reach a goal. Others are similarly situated in regard to purposes;
they are enthusiastic, easily stirred 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