Persistence Art Print
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Common-sense psychology unhesitatingly describes and explains behaviour in terms of traits, such as persistence, suggestibility, courage, punctuality, absent-mindedness, stage-struckness, "being one for the girls", stuck-upness, and queerness, or posits the existence of types, such as the dandy, the intellectual, the quiet, the sporty, or the sociable type.
"The person of the nervous type is characterized by marked emotional instability, a small degree of activity, and an overwhelming strength of primary function, and is accordingly little inclined to regular work, has little persistence, and no tendency to get absorbed in his work. He is characterized by a high degree of sensitivity, emotional reactivity, and rapid change of mood. Such a person is characterized by inner contradictions and conflict between thought and action. He lacks self-sufficiency and fails to take a definite stand on matters of attitude. He is shy and there is a marked lack of inhibition. Among his primary interests, the most obvious is the erotic. Abstract virtues like punctuality, abstemiousness, honesty, reliability, and love of truth are largely absent in a person of this type. He shows a tendency to play a rôle; to pretend to be other than he is. The nervous person is lacking in judgment, practical sense, and suffers from an undevelopment of mathematical and systematic tendencies. Other characteristics are a tendency towards symbolism and a tendency to frequent change of address. The relatives of a nervous person frequently show neurasthenic or hysterical symptoms or are led by their uninhibited proclivities to commit crimes of one kind or another.
"Quite a different picture is presented by the 'sentimental' person. Of course, we find here again primarily those qualities which we have already found in the nervous person as characteristic of emotionality and lack of activity. Nevertheless, there are also considerable differences which throughout point to the inhibiting and regulating influence of the secondary function, which robs the passing moment of its omnipotence.