Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

Psychology: The Science of Human Behaviour
Givler, Robert Ch.
let is also abnormal. Anger may not lead to lighting, 
nor even to scolding, but it may be turned into a mo¬ 
tive for vigorous action. The emotion of sympathy 
is one which we readily recognize as peculiarly ex¬ 
hausting to bear when it cannot be translated into 
acts. . . . Long ago James made much of the idea 
that every emotion experienced should become a mo¬ 
tive for conduct. If it cannot be so applied, its repe¬ 
tition should, so far as possible, be avoided. This 
teaching now appears to have much more biologic 
truth in its favor than it seemed to have when first 
published. If the primitive expression is out of the 
question, we may still be ingenious enough to find 
a harmless or even a profitable substitute.” 
Still more pointed advice with regard to the un¬ 
wise suppression of desire is contained in these 
words of Dix Crile: 
“Often, before any one of the more serious dis¬ 
eases resulting from excessive driving of the mecha¬ 
nism is apparent, a warning may be discerned in the 
onset of some lesser disturbance, such as chronic 
dyspepsia, auto-intoxication, disturbances of the 
skin, the teeth, and the hair. The increased amount 
of unused secretions and of by-products of activity 
tax all the organs of elimination, including the skin. 
It is not surprising that the skin of many highly emo¬ 
tional but ‘intelligent’ persons in whom we presume 
control and repression, should exhibit a stained and 
sallow appearance, should become odorous and oily, 
or cold, moist, and covered with unsightly blotches 
and pimples. The skin of virtuous girls, subjected to 
the emotional strain of a long engagement, often 
presents such an appearance. The transformation 
that takes place after marriage may be striking. In¬ 
digestion disappears; the appetite returns, metabo-


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