Emotional tension is the moving mind or soul subjected to excitement. Every one is in competition with every one else for esteem, love, respect and recognition. Brothers and sisters vie with one another for the affections of their parents. Competition brings with it a feeling of hostility, this hostility leads to a feeling of inferiority, a fear of failure, fear of guilt and security. There are the things of which these tensions are made.
Contradictions in our culture tend to pull us in different directions. Our schools are trying to reduce these conflicts by placing less emphasis on competition and more on cooperation.
Every one has his own limitations and must be judged by his own particular ability.
Dr. Mangus states, “Attitudes laid down early and impressed deeply in childhood become ruling forces for good or for ill in the life of the adult”.
A county-wide survey in Miami Country, Ohio, was made of the third and sixth grades, in the country, village and city schools, but not of the private schools. The survey was made on about 1500 children, according to the elementary form of the California test of personal ability, by the Division of Mental Hygiene of the Department of Public Welfare of the Agricultural Experiment Station of Ohio State University. The original evaluation of the personal adjustment of school children was made in 1946; one year later a follow-up study was conducted with many of the same children.
The object of the later was to find what changes in personal and social adjustment occurred during that interval. The study was designed to find out the improvement or non-improvement, the extent to which they experienced loss in their mental and social health, the extent to which they held their own, the factor which they held responsible for their improvement or non-improvement. It was evident that many of these children were maladjusted to a serious degree. The difficulties were evident in such ways as speech disorders, unusual fears, over-aggressive behavior, extreme shyness, school failure, truancy, stealing, rejection by their companions, bad dreams and nail biting, etc., to mention only a few.
Technologically speaking, we have advanced to a high degree, but human development has lagged. The emotional difficulties are clearly shown. Adverse childhood experiences cause adult emotional ills. Successful living requires a high development of emotional and social maturity. Mental and social health are used synonymously in the Miami report.
The United Nations World Health Organization says, “Health is said to be a state of complete physical and mental well-being, not merely the absence of disease and infirmity.” This tells us that health is more than a sound body, more than a sound mind in a sound body. In a modern world, health requirements include social health. This is reflected in the persons ability to live easily, harmoniously and comfortably with other people, including people who differ widely from himself.
It is estimate that at least one third of all persons who consult medical advice are without physical cause. They have complaints which show up in physical symptoms but are actually mental conflicts. It is also estimated than one in twenty young people becomes so emotionally ill that he has to be hospitalized.
The symptoms mentioned, together with many other of their symptoms, may be caused by some underlying disease and make a good case study. The similia may be found for speech disorders, unusual fears, over-aggressive behavior, extreme shyness, bad dreams or nail biting. For an example, Johnnie may have a terrible fear of the dark, awakens cross each morning, has much rumbling and rolling in his stomach and abdomen and has an enormous appetite, yet his stomach and abdomen and has an enormous appetite, yet his malnutrition is apparent and Lycopodium is his remedy. Dottie becomes vexed at trifles, is peevish, irritable and discontented, is inclined to weep, her excretions are offensive and corrosive.
If she is given Nitric acid, her personality will be changed and she will have a much more pleasing disposition. Teddie is much disturbed by excitement, starts easily, is shy, weak and tired, has night terrors, is irritable, is a sleep walker, has an offensive breath, vomits occasionally and has nocturnal enuresis, but, if given Kali phos. at repeated intervals for a period of time, he, too, will be relieved. Gracie is exceedingly irritable, everything puts her out of humor, dislike to be carried or moved, she many have a stomach disorder thought to be aggravated by the summer heat, but, if given Bryonia, her irritableness and sensitiveness will soon subside.