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Unformatted text preview: se, and soon it is their master, and they are its slaves. Happy is he who can follow his
purpose efficiently and earnestly, but who can find interest in many things, pleasure in the wide range of joys
the world offers and a youthful curiosity and zest in the new.
Every human being, no matter how civilized and unified, how modern and social in his conduct, has within
him a core of uncivilized, disintegrating, ancient and egoistic desires and purposes. "I feel two natures
struggling within me" is the epitome of every man's life. This is what has been called conflict by the
psychoanalysts, and my own disagreement with them is that I believe it to be distinctly conscious in the main.
A man knows that the pretty young girls he meets tempt him from his allegiance to his wife and his desires to
be good; a woman knows that the prosaic husband no longer pleases, and why he does not please,--only if you
ask either of them bluntly and directly they will deny their difficulties. The organic activities of the body,
basic in desire of all kinds, are crude and give rise to crude forbidden wishes, but the struggle that goes on is CHAPTER XI. 101 repressed, rebelled against and gives rise to trains of secondary symptoms,--fatigue, headache, indigestion,
weariness of life and many other complaints. It is perfectly proper to complain of headache, but it is a
humiliation to say that you have chosen wrongly in marriage, or that you are essentially polygamous, or that
an eight-hour day of work at clerking or bookkeeping disgusts and bores you. People complain of that which
is proper and allows them to maintain self-respect, but they hide that which may lower them in the eyes of
others. Gain their confidence, show that you see deeper than their words and you get revelations that need no
psychoanalytic technique to elicit and which are distinctly conscious.
This brings me to the point that the constant inhibition, blocking and balking of desires and wishes, though in
part socially necessary...
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