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Unformatted text preview: ol, and when there is failure in these regards there is self-failure. CHAPTER XVII. 148 Interesting is the under-inhibited person. I mean by this term the one who consistently and in most
relationship shows an inability to control the primitive instincts, impulses and desires. J. F. may stand as a
type that becomes the "black sheep" and in many cases the "criminal." He comes of what is known as a "good
family," which in his case means that the parents are well-to-do, of good reputation and rather above the
average in intelligence. The brothers and sisters have all done well, are settled in their ways and are not to be
distinguished from the people of their social set in manners or morals.
It was impossible to discipline J. As a very young child he resisted his mother's efforts to train him into
tidiness or restraint. He stole whatever he desired, and though he was alternately punished and pleaded with,
though he seemed to desire to please his parents, he continued to steal whenever there was opportunity. At six
he entered a neighbor's house, and while there took a purse that was lying on a table, rifled it of its contents
and disappeared for nearly a day, when he was found in a down-town district, having gorged himself with
candy and cake. From then on his peculations increased, and his conduct became the scandal of his family, for
he stole even from the maids employed in the house, as well as from guests. In each case the stealing was
apparently motivated to give a good time to himself and also to certain chums he made here and there in the
city. He would lie to evade punishment, but finally would yield, confess his guilt, express deepest repentance
and accept his punishment with the sincerity of one fully conscious of deserving it.
In school he did poorly. He was bright enough. In fact, he was somewhat above the average in memory and
comprehension and may be described as keen, but it was difficult for him to keep his attention consistently on
any subject, and...
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