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Notes and Reflections on Books and Media

by Hannah Leitheiser

Book

The Outline of Science

1922

2016-12-01

Excerpt on psychological types:

"The stable type is the type which is often described as forming the backbone of the country. A man of this kind is energetic, strong-willed, and full of settled convictions. He is perfectly at home with the laws and traditions of the community of which he is a member. His aims are of the kind that the community as a whole can understand and approve, and he is steadfast in his pursuit of them. He has decided views on moral questions, and on political and any other subjects. He is never in doubt as to what is right and what is wrong.

The unstable type has qualities almost exactly opposite to those of the stable type. Thus, a man of this type has very few settled convictions, although he may have plenty of enthusiasms. He can easily be won to a new cause, and he as easily falls away therefrom. He may undertake a number of projects, but it is unlikely that he will persist with any one of them long enough to carry it to a successful conclusion. He has what is called a weak will, and he can by no means accept the ruling of the community on all questions. His great positive merit is his sensitiveness to experience, and, indeed, it is from this that all his trouble springs. He is always changing his mind because he is always open to fresh impressions. He is, usually, the intellectual superior of the stable type, although the stable type often despises him." - Outline of Science, 1922.