The Psychology of Conviction: A Study of Beliefs and Attitudes

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THE FEMININE MIND

"We can bring no more to living
Than the powers we bring to life."
KIPLING.

AMONG issues characteristically modern, the controversy as to the true nature of woman and her place in the social order is peculiarly rich in complexity of argument and variability of conclusion. With the varied status of women in different lands, with their achievements in older days and in the near and nearest generations fairly familiar, with the intimate knowledge of womanly ways and doings which is the common experience and the common tradition, the data for judgment as to the psychological endowment responsible for these products seem adequate and accessible. And yet the fact that the problem exists in a sense in which there is no man question is often accepted with no curiosity and little concern. Much of this is due to the adjustment of tradition. In every situation the woman question is practically solved, yet resists an enduring solution. The restless dissatisfaction with the status quo leads to question and reform. The contrasts of national solutions remain interesting, and no less so when shifted to the narrower contrasts within an accepted range. Modern technique brings to the question a different approach, generally biological and specifically psychological. In an analytic spirit

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