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By Turner Julia

First released in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa corporation

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Hunger and pain first initiate us into the secrets of life and death. All appetite, the seeking of positive satisfaction, is the call of life expressed throug,h the apparatus of the organism ; pain the bitter plaint of life in this same aspect, in its encounter witli hostile agencies which are stronger than it and against which it cannot maintain itself without conflict. Hence hunger and pain become for the self-conscious subject symbolic of his yearning for the great source of life which is both within and without him.

On the whole, we prefer to feel like this as rarely as possible. Much stress is laid upon the importance of checking introspection; how much stress is shown by the abhorrence with which people regard the habit of talking aloud when alone. We may think silently, although even this habit, regarded as desirable in special circumstances, is not looked upon with favour generally. Men that " think too much are dangerous," is Caesar's sentiment. Poets are regarded with a certain amount of suspicion so long as they are in the flesh.

This is the '' affect '' of which dream psychologists write and of which they remark that it has a strong tendency to become displaced. , from situations in which the earliest guardians of the child are the important factor. The acquisition of language brings about certain very important changes. Language embodies all the achievements of the processes peculiar to the self-consciousne ss of generations and generations of ancestors. Every word is a symbol acquired originally through highly significant conceptual experience.

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