Brain-Work and Overwork

Brain-Work and Overwork

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1888 edition. Excerpt: ...Any one who really believes this with a tithe of the force that the religious melancholic believes that he is doomed to eternal woe, is, by his belief, not only rendered calm in danger, but happy and contented in adversity. All over-ambition and anxiety must be rooted in want of resignation to suffer in the present for future good, or in want of absolute trust in the truth of Christianity. Since the few people, who are not willing to labor in the present for future competence and happiness, are mostly those whose physical natures shelter them against over-anxiety; in the vast majority of cases, lack of real belief in a Divine Providence is the true cause of the discontent which, in so many cases, helps to wear out the mental powers. On the other hand, if a man can gain no comfort from a Christian faith, he yet can do much to lessen the emotional strain upon himself. Many persons obtain some solace from other philosophies than that of Christ. Fatalism really does at least benumb the sensitiveness of thousands of the race. The futility of striving against the inevitable has, to some minds, an effect comparable to that upon consciousness of the first violent blow the maniac deals his head as he rushes against the wall. It is not, however, to such points as these, but to the more indirect methods in which a man may mitigate the effects of emotional strain, that I want especially to direct attention. There are but very few men who cannot, by a direct act of the will, control their anxiety and ambition, at least in some measure. The man who does not exert his will to influence his temper, is not much respected by his fellows. We teach our children from childhood the necessity of such control, and exercise them in it. If a sudden emotion can be...show more

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  • Paperback | 28 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236791258
  • 9781236791252