Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

Psychology: The Science of Human Behaviour
Givler, Robert Ch.
which, if put into words, would read : “This is a 
long job, and some say it is tiresome, but I reserve 
the right to feel tired out only on things which I like 
to do,” a much better day will ensue than if the work 
be approached with an attitude of sourness accom¬ 
panied by premature sighs. Self-encouragement is, 
indeed, one of the most valuable and potent forces 
in all human affairs. When put into words it is 
called positive autosuggestion, and, as may be read¬ 
ily guessed, it has played a tremendous part in the 
whole history of civilization. 
Fatigue and food have a permanent relationship 
to one another. The first materials of the body to 
be consumed during exertion are the carbohydrates. 
A quick fuel may, therefore, be provided by such 
foods as sugar, chocolate, or raisins, since it is out 
of such things that muscular energy is directly made. 
But, besides this quick fuel or kindling, the body 
needs building material or protein in the shape of 
the common stable articles of the dinner table, such 
as cereals, meats, fish, milk, and eggs. These fur¬ 
nish the reserves of energy with which continuous 
efforts are maintained. After violent exertion 
drinking hot water serves the purpose of flushing the 
system of the fatigue poisons it has accumulated. 
Even quite as important for many people is the mat¬ 
ter of overeating or undereating. If a man rushes 
to and from his meals without allowing sufficient 
time for the digestive processes to start properly or 
to gain a good momentum, he is bound to suffer 
sooner or later from malnutrition. Or, if he is so 
overstimulated by fatigue as not to feel hungry, he 
may eat delicacies to please his palate rather than 
stable nourishment to refill his depleted reservoirs. 
All such unwise actions prevent our food from serv-


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