Man: the Bridge between Two Worlds

Man: the Bridge between Two Worlds

Man: the Bridge between Two Worlds

Man: the Bridge between Two Worlds

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My interest in the mysterious world of psychology dates back farther than my knowledge of the term itself. When other children were fascinated by what an adult did, I was more concerned with why he did it. Today, in retrospect, the response of adults to this peculiarity of a fifth-grader seems tragic as well as comical. While in public they made fun of the boy, secretly they used every occasion to tell him their woes, ranging from love affairs to material problems, and even suicidal tendencies. Although their affairs were far from comprehensible to me, their thoughts and emotions seemed almost self-explanatory phenomena on a strange but utterly real plane.

High school gave additional incentive to this "hobby" which, surprisingly, roused more interest than ridicule in my classmates, some of whom joined heartily in its pursuit. Judging by the experience of that time, I believe that many youngsters are naturally endowed with intuitive perception of psychological phenomena, a faculty soon to be thwarted by a lack of understanding on the part of teachers and parents. Encouraged by my enthusiasm, a group of eager students of psychology emerged, bent on testing their hunches on unsuspecting adult victims. In school our experiments covered a broad field. Assignments ranged from soothing the mood of a teacher at the beginning of a class and rousing his wrath just before the ringing of the bell made it ineffectual, diverting his attention where necessary, and much else. In short, we were busily engaged in . . .

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