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Are You Processing Your Temperament into Temper

As persons who are prone to lowered feelings, we often get worked up about our own symptoms. In fact, Dr. Low says the thing we most fear and hate is facing our own symptoms! But he warns against taking “normal innocent outpourings” and “original responses” from our nervous nature and working them up into something bigger by adding temper. Read about it in his own words!

REFRAIN FROM PROCESSING TEMPERAMENT INTO TEMPER

FROM MENTAL HEALTH THROUGH WILL-TRAINING, page 167

 “… for curbing temper but misquoted the implied principle when she presumed to have checked her temperament. “

 “My patients will do well to ponder the lesson of this clear- cut distinction between temperament and temper. Afflicted with nervous ailments they are extremely sensitive and the original responses of their native temperament are aroused by actions, statements and events which other people, less impressionable, would overlook and ignore. 

Somebody maintains silence in their presence. Instantly my patients are likely to construe the reaction as slur or indifference or neglect. Or, they commit a minor blunder or sustain minor losses, failures or defeats.  The average person would take these insignificant mishaps in his stride and not a ripple of excitement might cross his temperament. 

But my patients are apt to respond with self-blame, embarrassment or a sense of inefficiency. This is in itself no calamity and merely indicates that my patients are unfortunately blessed with temperaments which pour forth endless streams of original responses. The responses as such are no wise different from those experienced by men and women not the victims of nervous trouble. 

Everybody may at any time feel slurred or neglected and may on occasion indulge in self-blame and a sense of embarrassment. With the average person such common inner disturbances are readily forgotten or dismissed. 

But with my patients there are no minor or common disturbances. Every disturbance has to them the major aspect of an urgent emergency. And if an emergency is thought of emotion is mobilized and temper released. Minor apprehensions are then fanned into major explosions, into panics and tantrums. 

These dramatic or dramatized developments can be checked if the patient is trained to regard his worries, embarrassments, misgivings and forebodings as what they really are: the innocent outpouring of a temperament which has been sensitized by an endless career  of suffering and has acquired the habit of producing an unbroken succession of harmless original responses.

The nervous patient will have to learn to be tolerant of his responses and to refrain from processing temperament into temper


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