Normal Emotional Reactions

Some emotions, that seem exaggerated at first thought, may be normal

under the circumstances. For no one can know the whole background for

emotional response in the life of another. After being long shut up in a

darkened room, with bandaged eyes and aching head and sick body, the

first visit to the bit of woods back of the house--when all the pains

have gone--may bring almost delirious joy. The green of the foliage, the

blue of the sky, the arousing tang of the air, the birds, the sense of

freedom--all go to the head like new wine. The abandon of joy is a

normal response under the circumstances, now. It would hardly be normal

to one whose habit it is to visit this same bit of woods every day, to

one who loved it, but for whom it had lost the force of newness.

To the child, who has never in all his little life had a wish not

gratified, the denial of a desired stick of candy is as great a calamity

as is the loss of a fortune to the grown man. And the child reacts to

feeling equally intense. These are normal reactions to stimuli--normal,

under the circumstances.