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Unformatted text preview: he faddy habits they form are the sustenance of those who start the varied forms of vegetarianism,
chewing cults, fresh-air fiends, wet-grass fanatics, back-to-nature societies, and the mild lunacies of our (and
One such hypochondriac, J., after suffering from every disease in the advertising pages of the daily
newspapers, developed a system of habits that finally became a disease in itself. He rose at 6.30 each morning,
stood naked in the middle of the room, took six deep breaths, rolled around on the floor and kicked his arms
and legs about for fifteen minutes, took a drink of cold water, had a shower bath and a rub-down, shaved,
attended to "certain bodily functions" (his term, not mine), ate a breakfast consisting of gluten bread, two
slices, one and one-half glasses of milk, a soft-boiled egg (three and one-half minutes) and an orange; walked
to work, taking exactly twenty minutes to do it; opened the windows wide in his office (fighting with the other
clerks who preferred comfort to fresh air), ate a health luncheon at noon consisting of Postum, nuts, health
bread, and two squares of milk chocolate; walked home at six, taking exactly 20 minutes to do it; washed, lay
on the couch fifteen minutes with mind fixed on infinity (a Hindoo trick, so he heard), ate dinner, which never
varied much from rice, cream, potatoes, milk and, heritage of saner days, a small piece of pie! All the day he
watched each pain and ache, noted whether he belched or spit more than usual, and at night went to sleep at
10.30. Needless to say he had no friends, was known as "that nut" and really broke down from too arduous an
The term self-denial has been used from earliest times to indicate what we have called inhibition. But
self-denial is fundamentally a wrong term, since it implies that the self is that which lusts and shirks, and that
which controls desire and holds the individual to a consistent and ethical line of conduct is not the self. In fact,
the self is based on inhibition and contr...
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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