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Unformatted text preview: aits the choleric. When a man wins success he frequently allows himself the luxury of
indulging his anger because he feels his power cannot be challenged. The Duchess in "Alice's Adventures in
Wonderland," with her choleric "off with his head" whenever any one contradicted her, is a caricature, and a
very apt one, of this type of person. We think of the bull-necked Henry the Eighth--"bluff King Hal"--as the
choleric type, though here we also assume a certain cyclothymia, great good nature alternating with fierce
I have in mind G. as a type of the angry person. G. cannot bear to have any one contradict him. Either he
swallows his resentment, if he is in the presence of one he cannot afford to antagonize, or else he starts to
abuse the victim verbally. He is sarcastic or violent according to circumstances; rarely is he pleasant in
manner or speech. Though he is honest and said to be well-meaning, his ego explodes in the presence of other
self-assertive egos. When a man truckles to him he is angry at his insincerity; when the other disputes his
statements, or even offers other views, he finds himself confronted by one who has taken deep offense. As a
result G. has no real friends, and this has added fuel to his anger. Often he has made up his mind to "control"
himself, to keep down his scorn and rage, but rarely has he been able to maintain a proper attitude for any
length of time.
In the last analysis a high self-valuation is part of the chronic choleric make-up, a conceit of overweening
proportions. The man who realizes his own proneness to err, and who keeps in mind the relative unimportance
of his aims and powers, is not apt to explode in the face of opposition or contradiction. G. is as a rule
absolutely sure of his belief, tastes and importance, though he is crude in knowledge, coarse in tastes and of
no particular importance except to himself. He is the "I am Sir Oracle; when I ope my lips let no dog bark."
Anger is often associated with brutality or...
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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