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PAGE TEN THE CATALINA i EXPLORING THE PSYCHIC MIND By Ernest Windle Copyright 1939, by The Catalina Islander 7. An Outstanding Discovery (Continued from last week) Every human being at some time or another becomes a victim of suspicion, curiosity, doubt, fear, etc. The child who, for years, had un- bounded faith in Santa Claus, received a crushing blow when he was told that Santa Claus would no longer visit his home at Christmas because the family could not afford to buy presents. Up to the very last hour the child had hopes and faith that Kriss Kringle would arrive with reindeer, bells and toys. Then came the dawn. Disappointment ! "Old Whiskers" had plunged darkness into an unbearable despair. Yes, Kriss Kringle had failed him or "let him down". Note the change of attitude when fear rakes possession of the imagination and shatters the faith of childlike ideals. A revolver or gun pointed at a person causes him to hesitate, but if the mechanism fails to operate, the intended victim quickly regains his composure and the threat to do him bodily injury with the gun, has passed~ Not only did the weapon "missfire" but the threat, from a psychological standpoint, also "back-fired", and set the defensive forces into action. To examine the impulses that tend to "back-fire", such a~ fear, grief, sorrow, hatred and jealousy would lead us into long, uninteresting techni- cal explanations. Grief, let it be said, can be hushed, tolerated, and through suffering, may be converted into peace. It is unlike hatred, in that grief and sorrow leave a different kind of emotional sediment and a memory of what has passed. History records the hot-headed, highly emotional incidents in the lives of men and women who have played on the feudalistic fears and hatreds of the undei'-privileged; while for themselves they sought to build customs, laws and governments--built them by fear, prejudice, intim- idation, threats, promises, coercion and propaganda to protect their own persons and property. Yet these dictators were afraid to express their own true feelings and emotions! 8. Illusions Hunaan fears are sometimes accompanied by magnificent illusions of grandeur and of escape. Because of the emotional stimulation the timing and adjustment is unbalanced; distances appear exaggerated or they con- tract. Spaces, wide enough to permit the escape of an elephant, loom on the horizon, but which, in reality are nothing more than a mental mirage. Breathless with agitation, the anticipation of impending danger, the terri- fying and fearful objects become highly d~storted and magnified. Most humans know the horrors of a nightmare. They knov:, too, that such distortions can be the result of undigested foods, the reactions of drugs, or of the stoppage of respiration through the interference of phlegm in the bronchial passages. Fevers influence the imagination. Breath stoppage frequently gives the dreamer a sensation of falling, fall- .ing--with weights on his chest; but never once, according to records, has a falling dreamer been known to end his agonizing experience by strik- ing bottom. Awakening, such a dreamer usually concludes: "Thank heaven, it was only a dream". Fear, coupled with hatred, may become so intense that it converts ~,excessive bloodsugm* irvto lactic acid. According to the'chemical theory of emotion, "smouldering hate" is said to be a burning of emotional energy. That is to say, hatred and fear may become so intense that it produces nitric acid and carbon dioxide to excess. This acid condition injures the myeline substance of the ~nervous system and upsets the alkaline b~.lance for food digestion. " Although a certain quantity of acid is required for proper digestion, it should be remembered that there are some vicious drugs that, while they give temporary relief from an over-acid condition, may tend to destroy too much acid. So it is with vicious emotional states that release body chem- icals which make the digestive and circulatory systems move sluggishly and laboriously. Fear alwaysi reacts on the .throat muscles. Fear not only "festers" in the mentality, destroying the mind's flex- ib~llty, but it prevents mental dnjuries from healing their own wounds by the natural processes. Everyone knows that nervous and emotional strain pitches the voice high and shrill. To note the difference in the voice vibrations, place the hand on the upper part of the chest and f~l the emotional changes when highly emotional states are given full freedom of expression. Fear and worry tend tp. o~:oduce irictipn in the head and abi:10mep, p.rod~c, ing an emoti6h~l'distre'~s that dis~:ri'anges" the tiiriing , and lessens" the mental and physical efficiency. . .. The changed character of the air after it has passed through the respiratory system, not only indicates the chemical properties that have been extracted and converted into energy, but it also indicates that, in the exhaled carbon dioxide, there has been loaded the waste from a chomicM lalboratory--the residues that have accumulated for producing electrical energy to support life. If worry' over a fear 6f" something can put lines on the face and wrinkles on the. brow, what. does it do internally.?. Do the internal organs become seared,' burned, :scalded, so weakened that they can no longer resist disease infections--become open to all sorts of attack and perhaps cause the person to become a victim of internal malignant growths ? 9. Building Emotiomd Situations Let us take a glimpse behind tl~e scene of an amateur dramatist building up. an eMaotional;situatldti displaying fear, cowardice~, bluffing, agd, later, repentance.. What is his ˘onditioJt after his ordeal? What has hap- The process of filtering out undesired impulses and appeal to human appetite is not easy to explain. The emo tends to seek relief at the throat. To produce vocal sounds, aJ through the speech mechanism. A drowning person calling so while inhaling and exhaling breath; both methods soun voice changes its tone and pitch under intense emotional strain. In the case of drowning the windpipe or trachea sets to offset the fear of strangulation. The chemical energy is the throat reactions. Before normal breathing through ar tion is resumed, this energy must be turned back; that is, respiration must be coordinated with the mental activities an: with the same precision as is any other type of smoothly cry. Fear reacts on both ends of the alimentary canal and on Dislike and fear are inseparable. It is natural to feel depressed and to sigh copiously of fear and worry or after a blasted romance. Too much lieve emotional pressure removes an excess amount of carbon this type of over-breathing may result in a functional change: and nitrogen are agencies little understood in exnotional activities who are untrained and worried, and who exhale forcefully to strain, frequently complain about pains at the back of the heau. 10. Rarefied Atmospheres Airplane pilots and their cabin hostesses, when flying at tudcs and in rarefied atmospheres, are frequently instructed sharp e~e on passengers who have difficulty with their breaths.rig' one airline executive said: "A person with an excess quant:Y sugar is liable to go 'haywire' at a moment's notice." Terror frequently induces a stupified or dazed state the other hand, it may also cause a person to talk very ra ently and with high excitement. Some individuals are pleasant situations, because they feel that they may show cowa lack of courage; which, itself, would be humiliating. And the to throw off this feeling of fear that binds their movements tacles of some invisible breath-stifling monster If an avenue. presents itself for the fear, this type of indivi~iual usually expl confusion of emotion expressing jubilance, power and vengeanC As the story of human emotion unfolds, it should be notea is but one gateway into and out of the human mind. There emotions that may be used to counteract fear: Emotions that secretions that lubricate muscle and skin tissues and that body constructively. Used with tolerance, discretion and application is natural and beneficial. Before commencing a ation into the psychic mind let us discuss a few of the fund concerning humor. CHICAGO CUBS PRACTICE GAMES The balance of the program is as follows : March 24--Fri.--Cubs vs. Pittsburgh at San Bernardino, Calif. March 25--Sat.--Cubs vs. White Sox, at Los Angeles. March 26--Sun.--Cubs vs. White Sox, at Los Angeles. March 27--Mon.--Cubs vs. Los An- geles, at Los Angeles. March 28--Tue.--Cubs vs. White Sox at Los Angeles. Marcia 29--Wed.--Cubs vs. White Sox, at Los Angeles. March 30--Thu.--Cubs vs. Los Ange- les, at LOs Angeles. March 31--Fri.--Cubs vs. Whitc Sox : at Yuma, Ariz. April 1--Sat.--Cubs vs. White Sox, at Phoenix, Ariz. April 2---Sun.--Cubs vs. White Sox, at Phoenix, Ariz. April 3--Mon.--Cubs vs. White Sox, at Tucson, Ariz. April 4--Tue.--Cubs vs. White Sox, at Bisbee, Ariz. April 5--Wed.---Cubs vs. White Sox, at El Paso, Texas. April 6--Thu.--Open day--traveling. April 7--Fri.--Cubs vs. St. Louis A. at Corpus Christi, Texas. April 8---Sat,--~Cubs vs. St. Louis A. at San Antonio, Texas. April 9--Sun.--Cubs vs. St. Louis A. at San Antonio• April 10--Mon.--Cubs vs. St. Louis A. at Dallas, Texas. April ll--Tue.--Cubs vs. St. Louis A. at Wichita. Kansas. April 12--W'ed.--Cubs vs. St. Louis A. at Kansas City. Mo. April 13---Thu.--Open day. April 14--Fri.--Cubs vs. White Sox at Wrigley Field. April 15--Sat.--Cubs vs. White Sox, at Comiskey Park. April 16--Sun.--Cubs vs. White Sox, at Wrigley Field. April 17--Mon.--Cubs vs. White Sox, at Comiskey Park. (Monty Stratton Day) April 18--Tue.--Opening of Season. pened to the over-strained glands and body fluids? Why does he usually feel "dumpy" and exhausted? For hours he may be gloomy, He recup- erates slowly..fro, speed UP his depleted energies he tries ~to bolster them with alcoholic beverages or tonics. But fear" causes an inward pain for which no physician or surgeon.can find a remedy. It is asserted that some Orientals:*,vho practice a definite breathing and diet technique have eliminated much of their fear complex. Fear is the antithesis of courage. When fear receives its stimuli from the.anticipation of danger, the process is a mental one. Fears result- • ling from external stimuli are carried through various channels and sensory centers; eyes,, ears, tor~gue.:,,Oxyge~ starvation,,--suffocation-, 'loss of air. res'idence in A~,alon Mrs. Trout" and pressure,--quickly weakens the mental faculties and undermines that which :* family made many fl:{ends and a :w~i2 "we 6~11 courage. ",' .- ......... :" ~ i'" ''" = ~ .......... " ...... " ...... come always awaits their coming.' AVALON CHURCH Catholic---St. Rev. M. F. MurphY, Sunday Masses 7:00 Week Days 8'00 a.r~. Church Sch˘,~i," 9:00 a.N'. and Sundays. Christian Science A Branch of The The First Church of in Boston, MassachuV day service at School at, 9:30 a.m. ; ing meetings at 8:100. 607 Crescent avenue, op' except Sundays and edifice, East Whittley. "t' Subject March 26---ReaU Y" s Community Sunday Services~Ch 9:30 a.m.; morning 10:30; evening 2,6 1 Sunday, March ,. Rev. William Mason ply the pulpit at l Church, both morning. The topic of the be "Hard To Believe topic, "The Deceitful Mr. Frost is a gradua versity of Redlands, graduate degrees of fr6m Pacific School o Berkeley. For the past has been pastor of th gregational Church ol munity Church near The public is cordially tend any or all of these Corner Metropole avenoe street- Seventh Day Sabbath School class at 2 p.m., Community Congreg~ j We are interested to " that party--Call 500. -O Mrs. Myrtle E. Trout spent the i week-end at her summer cottage 'on East ,Whittley, and making certain repairs .preparatOry to opening it soon for the season. During her years of QUALITY J at Los Angeles John F. ParkinS