Analyzing Character eBook

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We do not offer the science of character analysis as a panacea.  We have already emphasized the fact that mere knowledge of one’s true vocation is not enough for an unqualified success in it.  We do not believe that character analysis alone will solve the age-long problem of capital and labor, nor do we hold forth the promise that a scientific knowledge of human nature will enable every individual who obtains it to be uniformly successful in selling, advertising, public speaking legal practice, and other forms of persuasion.  The serious and intricate puzzles of social life will find no golden key which unlocks them all in the science of character analysis.  The supreme problems of love, marriage, marital relations, divorce, and family life are far beyond the limited scope of character analysis for their complete solution.  Human life; human efficiency; human mental, moral, and physical development; human civilization in all of its aspects, are a matter of slow evolution, with many a slip backward.  He is either self-deceived or a charlatan who claims to have found that which will enable the race to arrive at perfection in a single bound.

On the other hand, just so far as even one spark of true knowledge is a light on the way, to the degree in which one little adjustment helps men to harmonize with nature and her eternal forces, and in the measure in which one solid step adds to the causeway which man is building out of the mire of ignorance to the heights of wisdom—­in so much is the science of character analysis an aid to man and his striving toward perfection and happiness.




NOTE.—­In the following lists the principal physical, intellectual, emotional and volitional qualifications needful for success in a number of representative vocations are given.  The list of vocations is general, not detailed, and is by no means exhaustive.  The qualifications suggested are also somewhat general in their nature.  The list, therefore, is a valuable guide to the general vocation for which an individual may be fitted, but should be supplemented with much more detailed and specific analysis in order to determine his exact place in that vocation.  We have used the words “Activity” and “Inactivity” in listing physical requirements.  These refer to the man of bone and muscle, in the first case; to the physically frail or the fat man, in the second.


               Good Health
PHYSICAL Exuberant Vitality

               Practical Judgment
               Keen Observation
               Appreciation of Form, Color, and Proportion

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