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merely securing one's own way. Very noticeably do children tend to injure themselves if crossed; anger tends
to turn on itself, and the effect on the other party is soon realized, and often utilized. A child may strike its CHAPTER XII. 106 head against the floor without any other motive than that arising from hopeless anger, but if this brings the
parents to their knees, the association is made and the experience becomes part of the working technique of
 This turning of anger upon itself is a factor in self-destruction. It is seen, so the naturalists say, in the snake
and the asp, and it is common in human relations.
5. There is in man an urge to activity independent of reward save in the satisfaction that comes from that
activity. This current is organized into work, and the goal becomes achievement. The most powerful factor in
discharging the energies of man is the desire for achievement. Wealth, superiority, power, philanthropy,
renown, safety and pleasure enormously reinforce this purpose, but behind the GOOD work of the world is
the passion to create, to make something, to mold the resisting forces of nature into usefulness and beauty.
Handicraftsman, artist, farmer, miner, housewife, writer,--all labor contradicts the legend that work is a curse.
To gain by work, to obtain desires through labor, is a method of attainment that is a natural ideal of man.
This makes opportune a discussion of the work-traits. Since ours is an industrial society, in which the work of
a member is his means of obtaining not only respect, but a living, these traits are largely those by which he is
judged and by which he judges himself.
Since work for some is their life and for others their means of obtaining a living, it is obvious that the
work-traits may be all the traits of the individual, or only a few of them. Certain traits are especially
important, and to these we must limit ourselves.
The energy of the individual. Some are so constituted that they can constantly discharge their energy at a high
rate. These are the dynamics, the hyper...
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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.
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