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Unformatted text preview: that may bring doubt, fear and the attendant inhibition of energy. Of course, failure may bring with
it caution and a recasting of plans and thus constitute the most valuable of experiences. But if it is too great, or
if there is lacking a certain fortitude, it may act as a paralyzer of energy thenceforth. In the prize ring this is
often noted; the spirit of a man goes with a defeat and he never again has self-confidence; thereafter his
energy is constantly inhibited.
Emotions have long been studied in their effects on energy. In fact, every animal that bristles and snarls as it
faces a foe is, unconsciously, attempting to paralyze with fear its opponent, to render it helpless through the
inhibition of action. So with the lurking tiger; it waits in silence for the prey and seeks the fascination of
surprise as a factor in victory. On the other hand, the emotion of fear may be a releaser of energy for the
prospective victim; it may release the energies of flight and add to the power of the animal. In this, there is a CHAPTER IX. 72 unique and neglected phase of emotion, i.e., if you shake your fist at your enemy and he runs away or knocks
you down, then your manifestation of anger has been unsuccessful for you but his reaction has been successful
for him. If he becomes so paralyzed with fear that you can work your will with him, then your anger is
successful while his fear is not. Most of the psychologists have neglected this phase of emotion. Thus it is
hard to understand the use fainting from terror has to the victim. The answer is it is useful to him who has
caused the victim to faint.
6. For the individual, the emotion of fear has as its function a preparation for a danger that is foreseen to be
too powerful to be met with effective resistance. Fear says, "It's no use to fight, fly or hide." Therefore,
normally there is a heightening of energy feeling and action in these two directions. There are plenty of
recorded incidents where fear has enabled men to run distances utterly impossible to them otherwise. In the
fear states of mental disease, the resistance a frail woman will offer to her attendants is such that the utmost
strength of several people is required to restrain her. Under these circums...
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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.
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