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Unformatted text preview: most of the affairs of life. His ego was more concerned with financial fortune than was hers,
and against this ill she was the philosopher and not he.
We may well contrast L. D. with her husband. He belongs to the sturdy in emotions and morals,--the stable.
Dark days and bright days, sickness and health, fatigue and rest seem to impair his courage, hope and general
cheerfulness of mood but little. He has a high organic balance and a well-built-up philosophy. I started to say CHAPTER XVII. 141 of him that he is an optimist, but this is not true. He is cheerful, but he does not sing, "Tra la la, all the things
that are, are good." He says, "There are bad things, but I must carry on and fight the good fight." His is a
philosophy of courage and endurance, but not of optimistic twaddle. He is too wide-brained to speak of life as
"all good" when he knows of inherited disease, cruelty, preventable poverty, gross neglect and unmerited
misfortune. Yet he lends hope and comfort to the afflicted, and he has an unvarying comfort for his
He has built up his ego around a business, one in which there was sunk not only his own fortune but that of a
host of friends. When this was so threatened as to seem inevitably lost, his ego was deeply wounded, he lost
courage and hope and then needed the strength of his wife. This she gave, and when the tide of affairs turned,
his own courage was ready and unimpaired. We are like trees,--the hard, strong, knotty parts of our fiber are
distributed in irregular fashion, and he who seems strongest has a weak place somewhere. Attack that, and his
resistance, courage and hope disappear.
While there are the types of mood and emotional make-up, there are curious monothymic types, people who
habitually tend to react with one emotion or mood.
The fear type. It must again be emphasized that we cannot separate emotion, mood, instinct, intelligence in
our analysis. And so we shall speak of individuals of this or that type when what we mean is that they...
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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