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Unformatted text preview: is group, but is, of course, talented as well. Talent need not be present,
and there are persons of no artistic ability whatever who show a generalized, excitable-emotional
temperament. All young children show the main traits of this type, and there is something essentially simple
about all these folk, no matter how civilized or sophisticated they get to be.
A. L., a woman of fifty, belongs to this group. She is a Jewess and now a widow. All of her life her character
and temperament have been the same, and though her experiences have been varied she has not in any
essential altered. This last is rather characteristic of the group, for experience has but little effect on their
A. L. cries very easily and readily, but her tears are easily dried and her joy is grotesquely childlike. She is
readily frightened, worries without restraint and finds a melancholy satisfaction in the worst. At the same
time, her fears do not persist and are easily dissipated by encouragement or good fortune. She is readily
angered and "raises a row" with great facility and without restraint. For this reason her relatives and friends
become panic-stricken when she becomes angry, for they know that she does not hesitate to make an
embarrassing scene. In the efforts to conciliate her they are apt to give her her own way, as a result of which
she is the proverbial spoiled child, capitalizing her weakness.
Our Jewess uses her emotions for effect, which means that she has become theatrical. Though there is reality
in her emotional display, time and the advantages she has gained have brought enough finish and restraint to
her manifestations to gain the designation artistic. True, it is a crude artistry, for intelligence does not
sufficiently guide it, and her art is used sometimes indiscriminately and inopportunely. As she grows older the
value of her tears is less, and she is becoming that prime nuisance, the elderly scold.
Among the emotional types well recognized by the neurologist is that known as the cyclothymic. In the
individuals of this group there is a periodicity to mood (r...
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