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methodical, to carry on routine. The impatient person has similar difficulties. Whereas others take readily to
the same methods of doing things day by day; and these are usually non-explosive, well inhibited, patient
persons, to whom the way a thing is done is as important as the goal itself.
Here comes a very entertaining problem, the question of the value of habits. Good habits save time and
energy, tend to eliminate useless labor and make for peace and quiet. But there is a large body of persons who
come to value habits for themselves and, indeed, this is true to a certain extent of all of us. Once an
accustomed way of doing things is established it becomes not only a path of least resistance, but a sort of
fixed point of view, and, if one may mix metaphors a trifle, a sort of trunk for the ego to twine itself around.
There is uneasiness in the thought of breaking up habits, an uneasiness that grows the more as we become
older and is deepened into agony if the habit is tinged with our status in life, if it has become a sort of measure
of our respectability. Thus a good housekeeper falls into the habits of doing things which were originally a
mark of her ability, which she holds as sacred and values above her health and energy. There are people who
fiercely resent a new way of doing things; they have woven their most minor habits into their ego feeling and
thus make a personal issue of innovations. These are the upholders of the established; they hate change as
such; they are efficient but not progressive. In its pathological form this type becomes the "health fiends" who
never vary in their diet or in their clothing, who arise at a certain time, take their "plunge" regardless, take
their exercise and their breakfasts alike as a health measure without real enjoyment, etc., who grow weary if
they stay up half an hour or so beyond their ordinary bedtime; they are the individuals who fall into health
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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