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PAGE TWO THE SUNSHINE PSYCHOLOGY (Continued from Page 1. Column 4) usually an irritation to men. Most men train themselves to "listen to one conversationalist at a time." Analyz- ing "domestic differences," a student of Motivation recently noted that the sk>gan "Pay no attention,"--i.e., don't let it get under the hide--is seldom observed by men; and then men are apt to brood over remarks and actions that are quarrelsome, aggravating and fifll of criticism. Their attitude of "self-defense" is one of retaliation and fight instead of "indifferent sym- l+athy," cmpled with emotional con- trol and methodical breathing. An- noyance, resentment, anger and fear are very closely related. These are "mental States" that quickly disturb the rhythmic movement of respira- tion. Hostility is said to be an atti- tude 'of self-defense, coupled with a feeling of superiority. SUNSHINE PSYCHOLOGY Illustrating the influence of intox- icating beverages on the organs of breathing and speech, we are remind- ed of the story of the Irishman who was told by his wife that he had had en,,u~h whiskey and that on the next "round of drinks" he must ask for garsaparilla. In a thick, unsteady and bewildered tone, Pat replied: "Mag- ~fie. dearest, I can't say sap-sas-e- pella !" SUNSHINE PSYCHOLOGY One of our readers wants a "defini- tion" for the word Motivation. An- swer: Definitions are usually written in the past tense; motivation involves and deals principally with forces that :,r,." ,-oncerned with the present and the future. The purpose of defini- tions is to indicate how others have used a term or a word, and is possi- ble only when there is a definite body of knowledge from which can be ob- tained a definite meanimz. When we ask for a definition of a term, we wish to know what qualities a thing t}osqesseq in order to make the term applicable. Trying to digest Spencer's definitions is usually a "big meal" for the average intelligence. F~ample. Evolutlon--"an integration ef matter and concomitant dissipation of mo- tion; during which the matter passes from an indefinite, incoherent homo- geneity to a definite coherent hetero- geneity; and during which the re- tained motion undergoes a parallel transformation." Life's movement is in a cycle. If we say that Motivity is the moving force behind action--that does not de- fine Motivation. (See dictionary defi- nition). Because in Motivation, we are dealing with two factors, one moving and one suggestive. There is nothing fixed about a man's inten- tions. In intention, mental alertness, flexibility and curiosity are essential, while rigidity, selfishness, prejudice and passion eften "spoil a good in- tention." Abstract definitions are for the lo- gician. They are used as a part of the process to secure a clear and more adequate expression of ideas. Often abstract definitions are given "psychic qualities," and words are used that do not express these qual- ities. Who can define hope ?--giving it boundaries and limitations. Defini- tions, to be of value, should contain an explanation or a summary in which ideas and words are given a fixed value. The triangle is said to be "that section of a cone which is formed by a plane passing through the vertex perpendicularly to the base." (Now, what is a cone, a plane, and a base?) All of which indicates that a triangle is related to a system of geometrical objects, and is in no way concerned with ice-cream cones, aero-planes or the rules of games played on a "base- ball diamond." Definitions, then, represent past achievements, boundaries and limita- tions, and, in motivation, or move- ment, we are dealing with the present and the future; with forces which make fixed statements inadequate ; also, we are dealing with such things .. . . ,, as "hope," tmagmanon, and "antici- pation," mental movements that ap- parently "overcome the pull of gravi- tation." At the present time, there is no ad- equate explanation of Motivity, a force referred to by Einstein in his Fourth Dimension. --:o:--- Ollr " dtet column helps. Try it. 4r L at the Brown Bo b by C ale II Chicken Soup with Okra Celery Olives Cranberry Jelly Roast Turkey and Chestnut Dressing Mashed Potatoes Candied Sweet Potatoes Green Peas Corn Pudding Fruit Salad Choice of Pumpkin or Mince Pie Coffee Make your reservations now 609 Crescent Avenue A MAYTAfi F0 IS A OlFT the whole f plan together. 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