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H. has moments and days when he believes the whole world is against him, and on such occasions he locks
his store and refuses to see any one. But at his best he cannot yield his ego to full free intercourse with others.
It seems as though there were a hard shell surrounding him, and the world as it flowed around never brought
love and trust through to him.
H. is not insane in the ordinary sense, but he is one of those paranoid persons we spoke of previously. Turn to
L., a true case of mental disease, a paranoid whose career strangely resembles some of the great historic
paranoids, for it must be remembered that man has been imposed upon by those who deceived themselves,
who fully believed the strange and incredible things they succeeded in making credible to others.
The fantastic paranoid is made up of the same materials as the rest of us, except that his ego feeling is without
insight, and his suspicion grows and grows until it reaches the delusion of persecution. L. was a bright boy,
always conceited and given to non-social acts. Thus he never would play with the other boys unless he were
given the leading role, and he could not bear to hear others praised or to praise them! Parenthetically the role
that jealousy plays in the conduct of men and women needs exposition, and I recommend that some Ph. D.
merit his degree by a thesis on this subject. When he was a little older he got the notion that hats were bad for
the hair, and being proud of his own thick black mop, he went without a hat for over a year, despite the tears
and protestations of his family and the ridicule of his friends. There is no one so ready to die for a cause, good
or bad, as the paranoid.
He entered the medical school, and to this day there is none of his classmates who has forgotten him. Proud,
even haughty, with only one or two intimates, he studied hard and did very good work. Now and then he
astonished the class by taking direct issue wi...
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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