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with wife and children as subjects, and that only gradually has there come from that monarchical idea the
more democratic conception cherished to-day.
Men and women may be considered as domestic or non-domestic. The domestic type of man is ordinarily
"steady" in purpose and absorbed more in work than in the seeking of pleasure, is either strongly inhibited
sexually or else rather easily satisfied; cherishes the ideal of respectability highly; is conventional and
habituated, usually has a strong property feeling and is apt to have a decided paternal feeling. He may of
course be seclusive and apt to feel the constraints of contact with others as wearying and unsatisfactory; he is
not easily bored or made restless. All this is a broad sketch; even the most domestic find in the home a certain
amount of tyranny and monotony; they yearn now and then for adventure and new romance and think of the
freedom of their bachelor days with regret over their passing. They may decide that married home life is best,
but the choice is not without difficulty and is accompanied by an irrepressible, though hidden dissatisfaction. CHAPTER XIV. 123 On the whole, however, the domestic man finds the home a haven of relief and a source of pleasurable feeling.
The non-domestic man may be of a dozen types. Perhaps he is incurably romantic and hates the thought of
settling down and putting away for good the search for the perfect woman. Perhaps he is uninhibted sexually
or over-excitable in this respect, and is therefore restless and unfaithful. He may be bored by monotony, a
restless seeker of new experiences and new work, possessed by the devils of wanderlust. He may be an egoist
incapable of the continuous self-sacrifice and self-abnegation demanded by the home,--quarrelsome and
selfish. Sometimes he is wedded to an ideal of achievement or work and believes that he travels best who
travels alone. Often in these days of late marriage he has waited until he could "afford" to marry and then
finds that his habits chain him to single life. Or he may be...
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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