Short Talks on Psychology by Charles Gray Shaw

Short Talks on Psychology

byCharles Gray Shaw

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1920. Excerpt: ... THE SENTIMENTAL VICTORY THE use of the term "sentimental" is likely to call forth suspicion in most quarters, but psychology is as ready to accept sentiment as is physical science to approve of matter. Sentiment is a simple matter of experience; the sway of sentiment is just what one should expect of human nature. Without attempting any verbal definition of sentiment, one may understand that the experience is one marked by feelings and ideas. In an emotional way however tranquil, one dwells upon some fond idea; say, home, native land, another person. The simple idea is colored and embroidered by the feelings which permeate it. The victoriousness of sentiment is due to sentiment's make-up, to the idea-element within it. In contrast with passions like hatred or anger, sentiment may appear as weak as water, but like water it may wear the rock away. In the conflict between sentiment and passion, we have a weak but enduring emotion on one side, a strong but temporary emotion on the other. Which will win? We are always saying that races and battles are not to the swift and strong, so here we may say that the ultimate victory is not to be on the side of strong passion, on the side of hatred or anger. It is the fate of these over-strong emotions to surcharge the wire and burn the fuse out. Meanwhile sentiment keeps asserting its tranquil sway within the mind. At the present time, when we have seen passion show itself in war, re-appear in revolution and general disorder, we may have the feeling that the end of all civilization is in sight, but the situation within all the minds concerned is an affair of passion-sentiment. Because sentiment is durable and intelligent it cannot fail to achieve its own victory. Even if one be inclined to discredit the sway of moral, ...

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Title:Short Talks on PsychologyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:42 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.09 inPublished:February 1, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217552889

ISBN - 13:9780217552882

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