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"other people," or its things, or its facts, or its attractions and repulsions, is the chief source of interest and
these are the objective types, exteriorized folks, whose values lie in the goods they can accumulate, or the
people they can help, or the external power they exercise, or the knowledge they possess of the phenomena of
the world, or the things they can do with their hands. These are on the whole healthy-minded, finding in their
pursuits and interest a real value, rarely stopping from their work to ask, "Why do I work? To what end? Are
things real?" Contrasted with them are those whose gaze is turned inward, who move through life carrying on
the activities of the average existence but absorbed in their thoughts, their emotions, their desires, their
conflicts,--perhaps on their sensations and coenaesthetic streams. Though there is no sharp line of division
between the two types, and all of us are blends in varying degrees, these latter are the subjective introspective
folk, interiorized, living in the microcosmos, and much more apt than the objective minded to be "sick souls"
obsessed with "whys and wherefores." They are endlessly putting to themselves unanswerable questions, are
apt to be the mentally unbalanced, or, but now and then, they furnish the race with one whose answers to the
meaning of life and the direction of efforts guide the steps of millions.
 Herbert Spencer's description of these two worlds is the best in literature. "Principles of Psychology."
There is a good and a bad side to the two types of interest. The objective minded conquer the world in dealing
with what they call reality. They bridge the water and dig up the earth; they invent, they plow, they sell and
buy, they produce and distribute wealth, and they deal with the education that teaches how to do all these
things. They find in the outer world an unalterable sense of reality, and they tend rather naively to accept
themselves, their interests...
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- Spring '11