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Introduction - Intellect - Mental Science's Divisions - Intellect's Divisions and Perceptions - The Understanding - The Reason - The Dynamics of the Intellect - Physical Feelings - Intellectual Feelings - Spiritual Feelings - Dynamics of Feelings - The Will - The Nervous System - Nervous System of Man - Executive Volition - Primary Volition, or Choice - Dynamics of the Will and the Mind - The Relations of the Systems Here Offered to Prevalent Forms of Philosophy - Index - Contents -


movement once established tends to complete itself in part by the reflex influence of one mind on another. The love and complacency begotten by success are as manifest as the impatience and vexation that spring from failure. The moment of achievement is usually seized upon as propitious to those who seek either forgiveness or favor. The degree of this satisfaction in others depends on the intimacy of their relations to our success, but extends itself often in a feeble form to indifferent parties. It is expressed under various words according to its character and degree, as gratitude, good-will, attachment.

The fourth class of feelings incident to success are those called out by the achievements of others. They are admiration, emulation, honor. The highest, the chief object of admiration is character; though simple power, physical or intellectual, may draw forth the feeling. This emotion inclines to the class of pleasurable feelings, and this, we think, in proportion as it opens a line of emulative action. Wonderful powers shown in fields of effort entirely foreign to our own labors by no means bestow, in the admiration they elicit, the same pleasure as do like triumphs in the familiar paths of our daily exertions. According, then, as admiration carries us from the midway point of indifference into emulation, does the pleasure become declared and intense even. Let the feeling, by a contrast with our own weakness, discourage us, and it is painful rather than pleasant. We enjoy honors also the more fully which we can in some measure share; those which have their grounds in our own experience, and which we aid in conferring.

Lesson 74 - 3. Feelings which accompany failure - p.332

3. The feelings which accompany the failure of desire correspond to the opposite classes, but are more intense and more varied. Those which follow directly from the prospect of failure, or from failure itself as occurring, are fear,

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