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Nervousness, Temperament And The Soul

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Fr. Josef Massman

 

Some people seem low key -- but they're not

The art of mastering a "high-strung" temperamant, and finding strength, self-control and peace of soul

The basis for the science of self-control was, as St. Thomas best explained it, the concept of temperament -- the Catholic discovery that every personality is dominated by one of three basic emotional tendencies. Modern psychiatry has lost sight of these more immediate, and much more powerful influences on our mental and moral faculties. Which is why Fr. Josef Massman's guide to knowing and mastering a common kind of difficult temperament came as such a welcome surprise when first published in the 1940s, the heyday of Freudianism. Now it's back in print.

Fr. Massman explains how those with nervous temperaments can conquer vices and bad habits ... strengthen resolve ... and triumph over such surprisingly common emotional afflictions as:


Nervousness * Depression * Fearfulness * Hypersensitivity * Shyness * Irritability * Anger * Stubbornness * Defensiveness * Resentment * Involuntary thoughts and compulsions * Phobias * Scrupulousness * Excessive Worrying

 

 

  • Difficulties like these are the ground on which the rank weeds of many vices and bad habits flourish, writes Fr. Massman.
  • Understanding them leads to true inner peace. Massman explores:
  • 3 types of temperament: one is dominant in every personality. Tell-tale signs of each
  • Mixed personality types and their characteristics
  • Positive potentialities of each temperament. Negative potentialities if untrained
  • The chief hindrance to self-mastery
  • No one would willingly possess this temperament, yet it is the most richly endowed of all
  • When two people of similar temperaments are in love
  • Two factors that determine if a temperament can be reformed
  • The central importance of grace in a well-balanced temperament
  • Why teaching denial and sacrifice is the most important task of education
  • Pseudo-piety that can strengthen one in errors
  • 8 points to keep in mind in the struggle against despondency
  • How to tell when the will has or has not consented to illicit pleasure
  • This emotional imbalance is often mistaken for a virtue
  • Can an inherited emotional tendency ever be completely cured?
  • Repose in God: the source of true emotional peace. How to find it in prayer and contemplation, according to great saints
  • The worst effect of anger. Three rules for curing it
  • The best (and worst) kinds of spiritual books for certain temperaments
  • Four exercises to strengthen self-mastery of thoughts and emotions
  • Fr. Massman's Ten Commandments for Nervous People, explained in a chapter, sum up the book's practical wisdom, and provide a recipe to heal sick souls and strengthen weak ones

The nervous person in particular must not permit himself any... mental anarchy. If he does, he is the plaything of his impulses, his fancies and darkness. He must order his mind, and must dominate and distract his impulses with a supply of good thoughts....

Anyone who has noble thoughts, deep convictions and high principles, which he retains even when it costs him some sacrifice, is a man of character. It is a law of the mind that what a man thinks, he is or soon will be. The man who constantly thinks good thoughts becomes good or is so already. He who has bad thoughts and only sees the dark side, soon becomes gloomy and bad. The man whose mind constantly revolves upon worldly things becomes worldly, restless and egotistical. But he who concerns himself with God becomes saintly. God meets the soul in thoughts; the union is consummated of nature and grace, of human and divine power, of God’s spirit and the human spirit. It is love which brings lightness, the habitual quality of the thoughts. One gladly thinks of the things to which the heart is drawn. For this reason God puts the command to love at the summit. Anyone who fulfills this law keeps all the other commandments. He has command of his thoughts and of all his impulses.

The nervous sufferer must be completely convinced that he will find again his joy in life, strength to renounce and endure, in trusting and loving communion with the ever-present God. He must be sure that this will deliver him from his fears about his worldly condition and restore his peace of mind. The time that he spends with his God in his heart will become a pleasure, a need, a continuous prayer. He will become as a child in the arms of God. He will be as one reborn. with new nervous power. At first this loving meditation upon God will be hard. It requires persistence and a new start every day. But one must not be discouraged by the slow progress one makes on the way to God.


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